Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be locking horns with Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 58th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Wednesday (May 11) at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Under the captaincy of Sanju Samson, Rajasthan would be hoping to strengthen their playoffs hopes with yet another win under their belt.
RR has so far won seven matches and has 14 points in their tally. The Royals had also got the better of the Capitals in the reverse fixture of the northern derby by 15 runs. DC has a lot of work to do if they want to stay in the race of qualifying to the playoffs for the fourth straight season. After their heavy 91-run loss to the defending champions Chennai Super Kings, all the Rishabh Pant and his men can do is to ensure that they slip no further from hereon and win all their remaining fixtures.
DC players would now be hoping to click well as a unit after having an off-day in the previous fixture where they were completely outplayed in all departments. In the 25 meetings between the two sides in IPL so far, RR is leading the charts 13-12 against DC in the head-to-head battles. In the last 5 meetings, however, it’s 3-2 in favor of DC. Let us dive into RR vs DC Key Players Battles in detail.
#1 Jos Buttler vs Khaleel Ahmed
The last time when these two sides met Jos Buttler amassed a brilliant century. His century helped Rajasthan set a mammoth total of 222. It remains the highest score this season. Teams who have failed to stop Buttler early often lost the game. It is herein that the role of Khaleel Ahmed becomes crucial. Khaleel currently ranked sixth in the wicket-takers chart will be DC’s biggest hope against Buttler.
#2 Sanju Samson vs Kuldeep Yadav
Sanju Samson has played a couple of interesting cameos but hasn’t really failed to churn out his best in the season so far. He is arguably RR’s most important batsman. He has the game to play the role of both an anchor and an aggressor. Samson needs to step up big time if the Royals aspire to jostle for a spot in the top two. Kuldeep Yadav who has been in the form of his life will test Samson. As Samson is someone who is susceptible to spin early, Yadav will fancy this duel.
#3 Rishabh Pant vs Yuzvendra Chahal
It is a well-established fact that Rishabh Pant loves attacking the spinners. Pant is yet to play an impactful knock this season. He has thrown away promising starts. Now with DC being at crossroads, it might just be the right time for Pant to stamp his authority. He will be up against Yuzvendra Chahal. He is the tournament’s leading wicket-taker currently. Chahal is someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He has already come up trumps against a few of the best players of spin this season.