DC had been coasting pretty easily in IPL 2020 so far. All the bases seemed to be covered and the important players were hitting form at just the right time. Now, the injury to Rishabh Pant has forced DC to change its settled lineup.
In theory, Alex Carey is a straight swap for Rishabh Pant. He is another left-handed, attacking middle-order batsman but the fact that he is an overseas player makes it very different. To fit in Carey, they needed to drop Hetmyer, a player that essentially won them the previous match.
They had to bring in Ajinkya Rahane for his first match and drop Shreyas Iyer down the order to accommodate him as well. It is clear that DC decided to tinker with the batting and keep its successful bowling attack the same.
To have both Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane in the batting order seems a bit difficult in the T20 format, however, we don’t think DC has too many options now. It has to hope that Stoinis can continue his good form in the middle and provide the power this team needs otherwise DC could find itself short of runs a bit too often to win against the stronger teams.
There is no doubting the bowling, though. Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Axar Patel, and Ravi Ashwin are four international-quality bowlers. Harshal Patel is capable of being effective as the fifth bowler but here too Marcus Stoinis will need to be a regular contributor to the side.
It took another brilliant inning from Rahul Tewatia to win the match for RR. He is fast turning out to be the find of IPL 2020 with his big-hitting ability and surprisingly effective bowling. The fact that Rian Parag also got runs for RR is a big plus for the men in pink.
With Ben Stokes at the top of the order, RR now has a pretty good batting lineup on paper. Surely, it is just a matter of time before someone like Sanju Samson or Jos Buttler comes good and wins a match for RR.
This is what RR must hope for against DC. With Tewatia at 7 and Archer at 8, RR has a long batting lineup. It can go hard against the DC bowling and put t under pressure.
The emergence of Rahul Tewatia as a bowler gives RR the freedom to play with just four regular bowlers. Shreyas Gopal, Karthik Tyagi, Jayadev Unadkat, and Jofra Archer. Of course, Archer is the leader of the group here but with Stokes available, RR now has depth in its bowling lineup as well.
The addition of one player seems to add a lot of class to the RR team.
RR has so far won three matches without being at its best in either of them. We think this is a team that has more upside potential especially when some of its senior batsmen get going.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Dubai has been the goldilocks ground of IPL 2020. It is not as high-scoring as Sharjah but not as slow as Abu Dhabi. It is also somewhat less partial to the teams batting first than the others. We think the conditions should favor RR a bit more with its batsmen enjoying the extra pace that DC offers.
The average scores are moving down and it appears as if the teams batting first have a big advantage.
Chasing down anything close to 170 or above is going to be difficult.
DC VS RR BETTING TIPS
We will exhort wagering on the agitated in this one. DC is an awesome group however it is in a condition of motion and looks much more conquerable. RR, then again, has the force and with its adolescents hitting structure, looks significantly more grounded.
We figure this might be an incredible chance to jump on RR before the market makes up for lost time.
Wager on the Rajasthan Royals to win.