The first of Saturday’s IPL games sees the Delhi Capitals continue their pursuit of a top two finish when they host Rajasthan Royals in Match 53.
Delhi came out decidedly second best in their top of the table clash away to Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, going down by 80 runs. CSK posted 179/4 batting first and with the exception of Shreyas Iyer (44) the Capitals capitulated and they were bowled out for 99.
Prior to the defeat in Chennai the Capitals had won 6 of their last 7 and they are already assured of a play off place. The target is to finish in the top 2, a scenario which come under threat from Mumbai and the Sunrisers if they win their penultimate matches of the regular season.
In Delhi the Capitals have a record of 3 wins (1 in a Super Over) and 3 defeats.
Rajasthan Royals have a record of 5 wins, 7 defeats and 1 no result from a rain hit match away to RCB on Tuesday. That was a source of frustration for the Royals who were still in with a shout of the play offs at the time. The Royals now need the Sunrisers to lose at Mumbai (Match 51 on Thursday) and at RCB in the match which follows this one, plus they would need to beat the Capitals here.
Prior to the rain affected game at RCB the Royals had won their 2 most recent matches, a 3 wicket victory at KKR followed by a 7 wicket win at home to the Sunrisers.
Rajasthan have won 2 and lost 3 of their away fixtures along with the 1 no result. .
Head to Head
Matches 19, Royals wins 11, Delhi wins 8
The first meeting this season came in Match 40 in Jaipur and Delhi ran out winners by a 6 wicket margin. Rahane top scored for the Royals with an unbeaten 105 in a bat first total of 191/6. In the chase Shaw and Dhawan put on 72 for the first stick and Rishabh Pant smashed 78 off just 36 balls to help Delhi get up in 19.2 overs.
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Delhi Capitals 4/7
Rajasthan Royals 14/10
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Delhi have done enough to be forgiven a poor display at Chennai last time out although our focus is on the most sixes market where the preference is for the home side.
Bet: Most Match 6s, Delhi Capitals at 9/10