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IPL 2019 | DC vs RR match 53 preview: Where to watch live, team news, betting odds and possible XI

A win against Rajasthan will enhance Delhi's chances of featuring in Qualifier 1, giving them two shots at the May 12 final.

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With their play-off berth sealed, Delhi Capitals (DC) will aim for a big win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) to enhance their chances for a second-place finish when the two teams clash in their final Indian Premier League (IPL) league match at the Feroz Shah Kotla on May 4.

The Capitals will be without key pacer Kagiso Rabada who missed a game for the first time this season against Chennai Super Kings due to a stiff back and was subsequently recalled by South Africa citing injury concerns ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

Delhi will sorely miss the services of the current ‘Purple Cap’ holder who has 25 wickets from just 12 games, especially as they compete in the Play-offs for the first time in seven years.

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A big win against RR will not only will boost Delhi's morale after the 80-run hammering at the hands of CSK but it could also propel the side to the second position in the eight-team standings.

Delhi are currently sitting third with 16 points from 13 games, just behind Mumbai Indians (16 points) and table toppers CSK (18 points).

A win against Rajasthan will enhance Delhi's chances of featuring in Qualifier 1, giving them two shots at the May 12 final.

In the absence of Rabada, Delhi's bowling attack looked miserable, but it is the shoddy performance of the batting unit which would be a cause of concern for skipper Shreyas Iyer.

Chasing CSK's challenging 179 for four, Delhi were shot out for just 99 with only Iyer (44) making a significant contribution.

The likes of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram would like to forget the disastrous outing against CSK and come out afresh in Delhi's last home game.

Rajasthan, on the other hand, are mathematically still alive in the tournament with 11 points from 13 games.

They need to win against Delhi and hope for favourable results from other remaining games to secure a play-off berth as the fourth team.

But a win against Delhi might just not be enough for Rajasthan as it will take them to 13 points, after their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore was washed away.

With Steve Smith having departed home for World Cup preparations, Ajinkya Rahane will return to captaincy duties.  Ashton Turner is expected to replace Smith in the playing eleven.

The departure of Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes has weakened Rajasthan's batting, putting more responsibility on the shoulders of Rahane, Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone but the team's bowling unit would be pumped up after the leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's hat-trick in the rain-truncated match against ECB.

Match Details:

Timing – 4 pm

Venue – Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

Where to watch – Star Sports 1/1HD/1 Hindi/1HD Hindi/1 Tamil/1 Telugu/1 Kannada/1 Bangla/Select 1/Select 1HD. Online viewers can catch the action live on Hotstar.

Head to head: The two teams have faced each other 19 times in the past with Rajasthan being the dominant side with 11 wins compared to Delhi’s 8 victories.

In the last encounter between the two sides last month, it was Delhi Capitals who came out on top in Jaipur by six wickets in a high-scoring affair.

Team News:

RR will be without the services of Steve Smith who will most likely be replaced by Ashton Turner in the playing XI. Delhi will again miss the tournament’s highest-wicket taker Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult will continue to fill in for the South African.

Prediction

Delhi Capitals look the more balanced side and also hold the home advantage. They should be able to grind out another victory.

Betting odds (Bet365):

Delhi Capitals: 4/7

Rajasthan Royals: 11/8

Other popular bets can be viewed on Oddschecker.com.

Pitch report: The track at Delhi has been slow offering turn to the spinners. It is known to get tougher to bat on as the game progresses.

Moneycontrol Dream XI: Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Oshane Thomas and Sandeep Lamichhane.

Players to watch out for:

Shreyas Iyer (DC)

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The DC skipper has been in impressive form leading from the front this season. He has 427 runs from just 13 games and was the only batsman to contribute with a significant score adding 44 runs in the heavy 80-run defeat to CSK in their last game.

Sanju Samson (RR)

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The first centurion of this season’s IPL, Samson has 337 runs from just 11 games and has been adding quick runs with a strike rate of 151.80. He will be pivotal to RR’s chances against DC.

Points table: Delhi have already secured qualification to the playoffs and are currently third on the table with 16 points. Rajasthan are in fifth place with 11 points and need a win to keep their faint hopes of qualifying alive. Check out the updated points table here.

(With inputs from PTI)

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First Published on May 3, 2019 06:25 pm
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