The 53rd match of the IPL Season 12 is between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals and will be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi from 4 pm today. After qualifying in the playoff, Delhi Capitals will now fight for the second place in IPL point table with Rajasthan Royals.
The capitals will miss the loss of their fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, whom CSA has taken precaution before the World Cup and called them home country. From this, Rabada will not be able to play in the remaining IPL season. He did not play his first match against Chennai Super Kings due to his stiffness in the waist. Delhi will play a playoff for the first time after seven years.
After losing to Chennai by 80 runs, Delhi needs a big win to boost morale. From this, it will also reach the second spot in the mark sheet. Delhi is currently third in 13 matches with 16 points. Mumbai Indians are 16 and Chennai has 18 points. The victory over Rajasthan will increase the expectations of playing in Delhi’s first qualifier so that they will get two chances to play in the final on May 12.
In the absence of Rabada, Captain Shreyas Iyer will not be able to do much good as a unit of batting unit. In reply to Chennai’s 179 for four, Delhi’s team was dismissed for 99 runs, out of which Iyer had 44 runs. Earth Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram will also like to perform well by forgetting poor performance against Chennai.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals will not only have to win their matches against Delhi Capitals on Saturday but also face the defeat of Hyderabad and Kolkata to go to playoffs. Rajasthan will win 13 points. After the defeat of Kolkata and Hyderabad, their 12 points will remain and the Royals team will be in the playoffs.
Rajasthan, despite 11 points in 13 matches, is technically in the tournament. With the defeat of Delhi, he has to expect favorable results in the remaining matches.