On Thursday, April 15th, Rajasthan Royals will face Delhi Capitals in the seventh match of the Vivo IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Both teams come into this game with varying returns from their first games. Royals were defeated by Punjab Kings by four runs in a nail-biting contest, while Capitals comfortably defeated Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets.
IPL 2021 Match 7 RR vs DC: Preview
Opting to bowl first in the first game, Sanju Samson handed the new ball to the young Chetan Sakariya who conceded just 11 runs in his first spell including the wicket of Mayank Agarwal. That was the only highlight of the Royals bowling as an onslaught from KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda guided Punjab Kings to a mammoth total of 221.
Chetan Sakariya was the pick of the bowlers for RR as he ended up with the figures of 4-31-3. In return, Sanju Samson played a valiant knock of 119 runs from just 63 deliveries and thus becoming the first player to score a century on captaincy debut. However, he fell short of few yards as he was caught at the ropes with five required off the last delivery.
Sanju Samson was the lone performer with the bat for the Royals. Buttler and Parag played small cameos but that was not sufficient enough to take RR over the line.
With Ben Stokes out of the remainder of the IPL due to a broken finger, David Miller or Liam Livingstone may replace him in the XI and Buttler would be back as an opener along with Manan Vohra.
The Royals will look to get their first win of the IPL 2021 tonight and Sakariya, who bowled exceptionally well would love to continue putting up similar performances. Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman will have a lot of responsibility on them to pick up early wickets.
Delhi Capitals comfortably rolled over Chennai Super Kings in their first encounter. The Delhi Capitals bowled well to restrict the Chennai Super Kings to a below-par 188 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. Avesh Khan and Chris Woakes bowled brilliantly and made full use of the initial movement available.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were in fine form and took the game completely away from the hands of the Super Kings with their mammoth 138 run partnership. They chased the target with eight balls left and cruised towards victory by seven wickets.
Skipper Rishabh Pant didn’t get to bat much but would be happy with the performance by the openers. The Capitals will continue with the same batting lineup and will look to put up a similar performance again.
In terms of team news, Anrich Nortje has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and will not be available for today’s clash while Kagiso Rabada is now available having completed his mandatory quarantine, he is most likely to replace Tom Curran.
Today’s game will be an exciting contest between two young captains.
IPL 2021 Match 7 RR vs DC: Match Details
- Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021- Match 7
- Date and Time: 15th April, 7:30 pm IST
- Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
- The match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals will be streamed live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar VIP
The weather at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is expected to be clear and humid. The temperature may hover around 31 Degrees Celsius.
The pitch at Wankhede Stadium is a paradise for batting. In the last match, we saw around 400+ runs being scored between both teams. With dew coming in as the game progresses, chasing becomes a lot easier here, so the team winning the toss very likely will opt to bowl first.
Predicted Playing XI
RR would have to make one forced change to their XI as Ben Stokes is unavailable. DC on the other hand would be tempted to bring in Kagiso Rabada.
- Manan Vohra
- Jos Buttler
- Sanju Samson
- David Miller
- Shivam Dube
- Riyan Parag
- Rahul Tewatia
- Chris Morris
- Shreyas Gopal
- Chetan Sakariya
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Prithvi Shaw
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Rishabh Pant
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Marcus Stoinis
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Chris Woakes
- Kagiso Rabada
- Avesh Khan
- Amit Mishra
IPL 2021: RR vs DC : Head-to-head and Match Prediction
Head to Head (Last 5 matches)
- Delhi won by 13 runs
- Delhi won by 46 runs
- Delhi won by 5 wickets
- Delhi won by 6 wickets
- Delhi won by 4 runs
IPL 2021: RR vs DC Match Prediction
Delhi Capitals are favorites to win this match owing to their team balance and current form. With Rabada back their bowling strength has increased by a lot. While for the Royals the injury of Ben Stokes will prove costly and they will hope that whoever steps up in his shoes is able to provide.