The IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC) will meet Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their second match of the IPL 2021 at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) this Thursday (15th April) night.
Delhi Capitals have got a strong start in this new IPL season where they beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 7 wickets after successfully chasing the target of 189 runs in 18.4 overs.
IPL 2021, Match 7: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals (RR vs DC) – DC Predicted Playing XI
Chasing down the 189 runs target, the left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan maintained his recent good form as he scored 85 off 54 balls with the help of 10 fours and 2 sixes. In the last four innings (including three ODIs), Dhawan has scored three fifties.
Opener Prithvi Shaw recently recorded 827 runs in 8 innings with an incredible average of 165.40, where he hit four centuries and one more half-century, including a double-century. During, Delhi Capitals first match of the IPL 2021, Shaw also batted impressively and scored 72 runs off just 38 balls (9 fours and 3 sixes). He had a solid 138 runs opening partnership with Dhawan. In the last four innings (including three List A matches), Shaw scored 185*, 165, 73 and 72 runs respectively.
Ajinkya Rahane didn’t bat in their first match of the IPL 2021 as other batsmen comfortably finished that game in style. Though he recently played some crucial knocks, Rahane is struggling to maintain his consistency, especially losing his wicket after getting starts.
Rishabh Pant (C/wk)
Rishabh Pant made his IPL captaincy debut on a solid note as his team beat CSK in a strong fashion. While the openers provided a strong start in the challenging chase, Pant guided the team to the finishing line as the new Delhi Capitals’ skipper scored 15 not out off 12 balls.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis played some important roles for the runners-up Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020. In their new season opener in the IPL 2021, Stoinis conceded 26 runs in 2 overs and scored 14 runs before losing his wicket just ahead of their victory.
Caribbean cricketer Shimron Hetmyer had only to stay for one ball in the non-striker end as captain Pant hit a four to secure a victory in that match. He has the ability to play big roles in an important time but now he has to prove himself in the IPL 2021.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is currently in very good form with the ball in hand. Though he had bowling figures of 4-0-47-1 during Delhi Capitals’ first game of the IPL 2021, many are confident in Ashwin’s crucial guidance for this team.
England cricketer Chris Woakes bowled really well in their first match of the IPL 2021 as he had bowling figures of 3-0-18-2. After dismissing the opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (5) in the third over of that match, Woakes bowled dangerous Sam Curran (34 runs off 15 balls) on the final ball of that innings. In the final over of that innings, Woakes conceded 10 runs and got the wicket of Sam Curran.
Another England cricketer Tom Curran started the IPL 2021 with bowling figures of 4-0-40-1. He has to perform well in quick time to secure his spot in the playing XI. The inconsistency with the ball is his major issue. However, he is an effective all-rounder who can also score quick runs in crucial time as he has already scored three half-centuries.
The experienced leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who is the second most wicket-taker in IPL history, started the IPL 2021 season in control way as he had bowling figures of 3-0-27-0. While it was his first game since last October, where he was ruled out from the remainder of IPL 2020 due to injury, it was really good bowling figures in his comeback.
The right-arm pacer Avesh Khan bowled really well during the Delhi Capitals’ first match of the IPL 2021. While he had bowling figures of 4-0-23-2, he conceded only 12 runs in two overs in the death overs. He was also in very good form with the ball during the recent domestic matches as he was the third most wicket-taker in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21 (14 wickets in five innings, including one fifer and one four-fer.