The mighty Delhi Capitals are looking to extend their domination with struggling Rajasthan Royals. What’s more fascinating is the venue in which this clash has been held. Sharjah, the venue in which runs flow without any trouble. As the two dominating batting sides are about to lock horns in this venue, the expectation meter is sky high for this match. 

Without much ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.23 of IPL 2020: RR vs DC.

Prediction on the top run-scorer.

As a blessing in disguise, Rajasthan Royals got their key opener, Jos Buttler, back on form in the last match. The English wicket-keeper possesses all variety of shots, which can clear all the areas of a cricket ground. Being an opener in the Rajasthan team, he explores the different cricket, completely contrasting to his national side. A true champion with the bat who can make anything possible with the bat, hitting the ball right. At present, Butler is the best thing for RR, and his return to the white side bolsters Rajasthan even more. Against the lethal DC pace bowlers, Jos Buttler is a sure bet who can make incredible shots to out win the stunning deliveries. This obviously makes the English wicket-keeper as a favorite for the match against Delhi Capitals in Sharjah. 

Shreyas Iyer is the man in form but couldn’t do his best in his last match. This pushes Shreyas Iyer to have the right eye on his shot selection in this match against Rajasthan. The best thing that Shreyas could get is the bowling attack of the Rajasthan team. Other than Jofra Archer, no other bowlers seem to be troubling in the small ground in Sharjah. Once again, the man in the form will make a match-winning knock, and he won’t miss this opportunity to score higher in a small ground. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Kagiso Rabada is deadly. The pace he produces and the length he bowls are making real tough times for the batters in the middle. The seam movement he gets in the traditionally slow UAE wickets is astonishing. As a bowler who is currently possessing the right rhythm is a dangerous customer for any settled batsman and, of course, at any point of a second. With the Sharjah ground being so small in size, the Rajasthan team’s batters would even try to take the lead over this Proteas bowler and this, in turn, gives obvious reasons for Rabada to pick more number of wickets in this match when the batters try to slog harder. 

The extra nip which Anrich Nortje gets from these flat wickets are the key for his run restrictions. Batsmen weren’t able to get the effective fluent against this fast bowler from South Africa, and that makes the route for him to pick a decent number of wickets in every match. Above all, the support he is getting from his fellow bowlers makes him even more lethal. As Rajasthan Royals are the team that is wholly dependent on their top order batters, this South African bowler will have a point to prove against the top-quality top-order batters Rajasthan Royals. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Delhi Capitals looks good with all three departments. They are the side which is filled with youngsters, who are vigorously wanted to showcase their skill set to the bigger crowd. In bowling, with two tough spinners, two lethal Proteas pacers, and an Australian all – rounder who can bring in quality spells when the team needed, Delhi Capitals looks so strong. 

What’s more fascinating about Delhi is their batting order. They still have Shimron Hetmyer in the middle who hasn’t batted in most Delhi matches. This is because of the consistency of the batters at the top. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shah are making an intense fight within themselves for the opening spot in the Indian team, while Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are so strong with pulling their innings till the end. The cameo of Marcus Stoinis has so far been the best death over batting in this edition of IPL. With all these performers on board with great touch, Delhi Capitals have become the favorites of this match. 

On the other side, Rajasthan lacks the bowlers who can support Jofra Archer in the bowling department. At the same time, the batting department is entirely dependent on the top three Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson. This dependency on individual players keeps the burden alive for RR, making them less favorite in this clash against Delhi. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Along with the strong cricketing muscles, Marcus Stoinis has this best reflex to adapt to the different kind of deliveries at the death overs. This manufactures magnificent maximum runs from this hulky Australian. The position and slot he gets into bat for his team give him extreme freedom to go over the fielders. Since he’s been playing for a long time even after the pandemic conditions, this Aussie all-rounder looks too suitable for this UAE conditions. The power he could extract is something unique that doesn’t allow the bowlers to bowl with their mental strength. As RR has innocuous spinners on their side, Marcus Stoinis might be the best option to get in the middle overs, and it will fetch him more opportunities for him to go over the fence. 

Prediction on Man of the match

Marcus Stoinis, with his three-dimensional contribution to his team. Especially in Sharjah, if the Australian walks into the middle with six to seven overs spare, then he will be the most dangerous thing for the opponent’s int he field. The hulky Australian can do wonders if he gets on a roll. The smaller dimensions of Sharjah provide even more chances for Stoinis to be on top. With his power, even a mishit shot may go out of the park. Bowling wise, Stoinis can reap fruit by scalping the key wickets of the opponent team. The mix of pace and the varieties in his bowling stands tall as a barricade for opponent batters. All these factors combine for Marcus Stoinis to be the man of the match in this clash. 

To sum up

Delhi Capitals are too good for the struggling Rajasthan Royals at the moment. Rajasthan needs to bring in their ace all-rounder Ben Stokes to make a significant comeback. Their core needs to be set right to win the in- form Delhi Capitals.