Date: 15 April 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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The 7th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Royals are coming on the back off a heart-breaking loss and also suffered a major injury blow, with injury to their star all-rounder Ben Stokes.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals got off to a good start to the season as they defeated CSK by 7 wickets in a clinical performance. Under the leadership of Rishabh Pant, Delhi have started the tournament dominantly and look a formidable unit with the right mix of experience and youth in their squad. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in a high-voltage contest in Mumbai on Thursday.
Ben Stokes has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a broken finger. He sustained that injury during the defeat to Punjab Kings on Monday. The Royals now have three players in Liam Livingstone, David Miller, and Andrew Tye to replace Stokes for this game. Miller will be the favorite of the three to make it to the playing 11.
Delhi have a settled team at the moment with Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw in red-hot form in the batting department. It is hard to imagine Delhi will make any changes to their line-up after that confidence-boosting victory over CSK. Though Kagiso Rabada could come into the team in place of Tom Curran or Chris Woakes, speedster Anrich Nortje tested positive for COVID-19 and he will definitely miss this match.
Head to Head
Matches played: 22
Rajasthan Royals: 11
Delhi Capitals: 11
Sanju Samson is the top run-scorer for Rajasthan Royals with 119 runs at a strike rate of 188. He struck 12 fours and 7 sixes during his whirlwind knock against Punjab Kings. Samson played a blinder of an innings in his debut as captain but couldn’t get his side over the line. Royals’ skipper will have added responsibility this season and the swashbuckling batsman will again be at the center of attention against Delhi.
The left-handed batsman was the franchise’s leading run-scorer in IPL 2020, with 618 runs in 17 matches at a strike rate of 144.73. Dhawan has started IPL 2021 on a similar note as he played a blistering 85-run knock off just 54 balls. If he can perform in the same vein throughout the season, Dhawan will surely get ahead of KL Rahul in the tussle for the 2nd openers slot in Team India.
There are few more thrilling sights than Jos Buttler in full flow. However, the stylish batsman has looked a bit off-colour lately and didn’t make any noteworthy contribution with the bat in the first game. This will be the perfect moment for him to rise to the occasion and showcase his match-winning abilities with a good performance.
Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (C & WK), Riyan Parag, Liam Livingstone/David Miller, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman/Andrew Tye, Chetan Sakariya
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (C and WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran/Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan