The Royals shrugged off their four-match losing streak in the last match against SRH thanks to a breathtaking 85-run-stand between Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia and they’ll be hoping to continue with the momentum and sting in a few more wins.
Here’s a look at Rajasthan Royals [RR] playing XI for the fixture against DC-
Jos Buttler (WK)
One of the major reasons why Rajasthan Royals have struggled with their batting in the past five games is the inability of their top-order to provide a good start in the powerplay.
The Royals have lost too many wickets in the first six overs, including that of Jos Buttler, who has flattered to deceive thus far.
Barring the half-century against Mumbai Indians, Buttler hasn’t really set the stage on fire in the 2020 IPL. The Royals will be hoping that the swashbuckler finally shrug off his inconsistency in the next game against DC.
Buttler’s opening partner have changed every second game this season. In the last match, everyone was shellshocked when Ben Stokes strolled out to bat alongside Jos Buttler.
The move didn’t work as the charismatic all-rounder was dismissed for 5. With a specialist top-order batsmen in Robin Uthappa already a part of the playing 11, it remains to be seen whether Steve Smith and the Royals management persist with the experiment.
Steve Smith (C)
Steve Smith was tragically run-out for a six-ball 5 in the last game against SRH.
Smith hasn’t really found his gear ever since he scored back-to-back half-centuries at the start of the season and the RR management will hope that their skipper finally regains his touch in the next game against DC.
After having endured four consecutive failures, Sanju Samson looked like regaining his Sharjah-esque touch before he was eventually dismissed for a 25-ball 26 by Rashid Khan.
The Royals will hope that Samson converts his start into a game-changing knock against DC.
As mentioned earlier, Robin Uthappa once again batted in the middle-order- a position he isn’t generally suited for- in the last match against SRH.
Uthappa managed a 15-ball 18 before being eventually dismissed by Rashid Khan.
Riyan Parag finally displayed his prodigious talent for the first time this IPL season, scoring a game-changing 26-ball 42 to help RR script a comeback from the dead.
Parag got a lifeline during the initial part of his innings when he was dropped by Priyam Garg. The youngter made full use of his lifeline, stitching a match-winning 85-run-stand alongside Rahul Tewatia before hitting the winning six.
Rahul Tewatia (45* off 28 balls) once again displayed his immense self belief and ofcourse talent, as he insinuated yet another heist to lead RR to a memorable win.
After having started off cautiously, Tewatia teed off in the end, smashing Rashid Khan for three consecutive boundaries in the 18th over to throw open the contest; one they eventually won in the last over.
Jofra Archer has been absolutely sensational with the ball throughout this Dream11 IPL.
In the last game too, the England fast bowler gave away just 25 runs in his quota of 4 overs besides claiming the wicket of David Warner.
Overall, Archer has taken 9 wickets in 7 games at an average of 21.22 and an economy rate of 6.82.
Shreyas Gopal has struggled to pick up wickets throughout this season of the IPL. In 7 games, Gopal has managed just 4 wickets at an average of 58.5.
In the last game too, Gopal gave away 31 runs in his 4 overs but was unable to pick up a wicket. With Gopal not performing, RR might be tempted to rope in Mayank Markande in the upcoming games.
Jaydev Unadkat came back in the side in the last game against SRH and had a decent outing as he gave away 31 runs in his 4 overs besides claiming the wicket of a dangerous looking Manish Pandey.
The southpaw should retain his place in the playing XI for the match against DC.
The rookie pacer had a decent outing in the last game against SRH.
Even though he went for 9 runs per over, he claimed the prized scalp of Jonny Bairstow for a 19-ball 16.
Kartik has thus far claimed 3 wickets in as many outings this season.