Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 23 between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah Cricket stadium in Sharjah.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan stroll out to the middle and out come the Rajasthan Royals after an animated speech from Robin Uthappa in the huddle. Varun Aaron will look to crack up pace early and he will start the proceedings with the new ball with Shaw on strike. Here we go!
We are all set for another thriller in the ring of sixes – Sharjah and expect yet another high scoring game. A well-oiled Delhi would aim to maintain its winning momentum, while Rajasthan would aim to bounce back. It’s an absolute belter in Sharjah and both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been in fine touch.
Toss: Rajasthan Royals wins toss, elects to bowl first. Andrew Tye makes debut for RR. Delhi unchanged.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (WK), Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Varun Aaron
Pitch Report from Sharjah: The average first innings total this year here is 219 in four games. It hasn’t changed much at all and it is still hard and flat. The batsmen will back themselves and will unleash the range hitting. Variations are going to be crucial if you are a bowler – Kevin Pietersen and Michael Slater
Overall, the Royals have won the IPL trophy once during the inaugural season, while the Capitals are the only active IPL team to have never made the tournament’s final.
As we wait for live action to begin, here’s our review of the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.
Last season, Delhi had defeated Rajasthan in both matches featuring the sides. Rajasthan had batted first in the two encounters.
The two teams have faced each other 20 times in the IPL so far, with Rajasthan holding an 11-9 head-to-head win/loss record over Delhi.
After winning the first two games at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the Royals have lost the next three. Steve Smith’s men will be desperate for a turnaround. They could not have wished for a better venue to put their campaign back on the rail. It was on this ground that they completed their stunning chase of 227 – the highest in the IPL history – against Kings XI Punjab.
Later, Royals was outplayed by Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. It certainly has to come up with a much improved show if it has to turn the table on Delhi, which is looking in great shape and form.
Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat.
Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (Wicketkeeper), Marcus Stoinis, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Harshal Patel and Lalit Yadav.
Game No. 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Date: October 9, Friday
Time: 7:30 p.m.