IPL 2022, DC vs RR HIGHLIGHTS: Rajasthan beats Delhi to top points table after controversial final over win; Buttler slams 4th ton

DC vs RR, IPL HIGHLIGHTS: Get the Indian Premier League 2022 updates of today's match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Rajasthan Royals tops the points table with its fifth win of the season.   -  SPORTZPICS

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of IPL 2022 Match 34 between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. This was Lalith Kalidas bringing you the updates as action unfurled at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

 

Awards

Man of the Match: Jos Buttler

Fours Award: Jos Buttler

Fastest Delivery of the match: Prasidh Krishna (147.3kph)

Most Valuable Asset of the match: Jos Buttler

Powerplayer of the match: David Warner

Sixes Award: Jos Buttler

Gamechanger of the match: Jos Buttler

Super Striker of the match: Sanju Samson


Rishabh Pant loses cool as Delhi Capitals go down to Rajasthan Royals  

Jos Buttler, POTM: Was a special knock, enjoyed it. I love this stadium, it was a fantastic atmosphere, my first IPL was here with the Mumbai Indians. I am enjoying the best form of my life, I need to continue with this form all the way through. The ball swung in the first over and it was a bit tricky. You need to soak up that pressure and come through it. Once you get through it, the confidence comes back. Devdutt played well from the other end, and we decided to attack and put the pressure back on Delhi. The wickets may change, there are going to be used wickets. There wasn't any dew tonight, the teams might favour batting first. Everyone will need to adapt as the tournament goes on.

Sanju Samson, RR captain: It was a full toss and the batsman wanted a no-ball, but the umpire didn't give it. We wanted to be around him and wanted to put a smile on his face. Not easy for a bowler after conceding three sixes. We wanted to change the plan so we took our time, to give the bowler a breather. The last game was a tough one, and this game too, with Powell hitting those sixes. It's important to stay calm and trust your team mates. You need to back yourself. Can't say anything about the toss. Losing toss is working, so we'll like to stick to that. Don't think there was much dew, but the bowlers are experienced enough to bowl in these conditions. Ashwin and Chahal have been bowling well, touch wood we continue to do it. It is normal to drop catches, even I dropped one in the last match. I told the players how to recover from that in the team meeting. He has been playing well, and that's a crucial part in this format. DDP is a smart cricketer and there's a lot more to come from him.

Rishabh Pant, DC captain: I think they were bowling well throughout the game but in the end Powell gave us a chance, I thought that no-ball could have been precious for us but it is not in my control. Yes, disappointed but can't do much about it. Everyone was frustrated (in the dugout) that it was not even close, everyone in the ground saw that, I think the third umpire should have interfered and said it was a no-ball. Obviously it wasn't right (sending Amre onto the field) but what happened with us is also not right, it happened in the heat of the moment. It was the fault from both sides and it is disappointing as we have seen some good umpiring in the tournament. It is disappointing to go so close especially when the other team has scored 200+. I think we could have bowled much better. I can tell the guys to keep their chin up and prepare for the next one.

R Ashwin: The last over was topsy-turvy. I was just keeping my fingers crossed. Devdutt was standing at point and asking me, 'It's not happening right?' and I said, 'No, I hope it's not happening.' I think that break when the [Capitals] coach came in and the whole thing happened, I think that sort of settled our nerves. It's never easy to bowl the last over. I thought Obed did a fantastic job. He's a young guy. Even though he looks big, he's a very very young guy and I thought he held his nerve wonderfully. It was a good comeback, the last three balls. We keep working on the analysis, but I thought the fourth, fifth and sixth balls were fantastic.


The drama in this league just continues to hit new scales everyday. The Royals have played flawlessly to set-up another win and it was once again led by the unstoppable Jos Buttler. Buttler has set the base for what could be an unprecedented season with his fourth IPL ton in his last eight matches. However, the sluggish drama in the final over of Delhi's chase has slightly taken the sheen off a stupendous outing for the men in Pink.

DC 207/8 in 20 overs: Powell crunches the first ball for SIX down the ground. Length on offer and Powell's not missing that one. Two in Two! Full and wide from McCoy but the result stays the same as Powell waltzes the ball over cover for SIX. 24 needed from four. 6, 6, 6 - Powell's hammered another one! High full-toss and Powell simply dismisses it from his presence for SIX. That seems on the waist line but the umpire has not called a no-ball. Hold on, these are bizarre scenes.  Kuldeep and Rovman frantically ask for a no-ball and there seems to be certain gestures from skipper Pant in the dugout. Wait, are they leaving the field? Powell and Kuldeep briefly walk back to the dugout before the umpires intervene. Delhi's assistant coach Pravin Amre walks out to the field to have a chat with the umpires. Buttler seems to have an exchange of words with Pant as well. All hell's breaking loose!

Anyway back to cricket after a halt. Powell misses a slower one from McCoy and that must be it. Powell miscues the final ball and Samson takes an excellent catch to seal the game. Rajasthan beats Delhi by 15 runs to top the points table!

Rovman Powell c †Samson b McCoy 36 (15b 5x6)

DC 187/7 in 19 overs: Prasidh comes from around the wicket and Lalit misses the first two deliveries while attempting for two paddle sweeps. Edged and GONE! Prasidh piles the pressure on Lalit who goes for a rash heave. The ball clips the outside-edge and Samson takes a fine catch to end the valuable cameo.  Kuldeep in at 9. Kuldeep swivels across as Prasidh fires one over the middle-stump to Samson. A cracking yorker from Prasidh who almost single-handedly seals the fate of the game in this over with five dots. Wicket-maiden for Prasidh as Kuldeep fails to open his account.

Lalit Yadav c †Samson b Prasidh Krishna 37 (24b 3x4 2x6)

DC 187/6 in 18 overs: Boult keeps the batters under check, a couple of singles and a wide to start off. Powell finally finds smokes a shorter delivery from Boult over mid-wicket for SIX! A dot to follow as Boult stays from Powell's arc. In the slot and poof! Powell clobbers the ball over long-off for SIX and keeps Delhi breathing.

DC 171/6 in 17 overs: Chahal loops one in and Lalit employs an excellent slog sweep for SIX! Yuzi regains his composure to finish a fine over. Nine runs come from it.

DC 162/6 in 16 overs: Short and angling in but Thakur dismisses Boult over backward square leg for a massive SIX. Shardul slashes to deep mid-wicket and sets off on a risky run. He's coming back for the second and Samson's caught him short of the crease. A bullet through from Parag in the crease is complemented by a fine effort from the skipper and Thakur's stay is curtailed to send Delhi further down the barrel. Rovman Powell in at 8.  Boult sends in a low full-toss and Lalit paddles it fine for FOUR.

Shardul Thakur run out (Parag/†Samson) 10 (7b 1x6)

DC needs 74 runs in 30 balls. Boult is back.

DC 149/5 in 15 overs: Chahal rolls a full-toss and Lalit clobbers the ball for SIX over mid-wicket.  Lalit miscues a slog and it bisects the bowler and the deep cover fielder.

DC 139/5 in 14 overs: Ashwin welcomes Shardul with the carrom-ball and nearly squares him up. Lalit follows up with a rash heave, the outside-edge zips to the third-man boundary for FOUR. Lalit slashes and slashes hard through point to trash Boult's diving effort to find FOUR runs.

Shardul Thakur joins Lalit.

DC 127/5 in 13 overs: Chahal rushes one into the pads and Axar glides it down to short fine leg for a single. Yuzi follows up with a yorker to Lalit who gets a single. Chahal pops Axar with the classical leg-break! Huge heave from Axar and Chahal slides through the gates with a delivery that spun back to rattle the stumps.

Axar Patel b Chahal 1 (4b)

Chahal is back

DC 124/4 in 12 overs: Top-edge and Yuzi Chahal squanders the chance to dismiss Pant! Prasidh bumps one short and Pant miscues his flick altogether. Chahal runs in from the fence but fails to even get a hold off the ball. Another top-edge and Devdutt Padikkal grabs a skier! Pant has to go this time. Axar Patel is the new man in.

Rishabh Pant c Padikkal b Prasidh Krishna 44 (24b 4x4 2x6)

Delhi needs 102 runs in 54 balls. Prasidh returns.

DC 121/3 in 11 overs: Pant greets Parag with a huge tonk over mid-wicket for SIX! A couple of singles follow. Parag goes for the slingy delivery and Pant waltzes it over long-on with a one-handed special for SIX. Superb from Pant as he puts further pressure on the part-timer with a stomp down the ground for FOUR. Wide and a single to complete another expensive over.

Riyan Parag into the attack

DC 99/3 in 10 overs: Ashwin continues his maneuver his lengths. Shaw and Pant negotiate in singles. Shaw holes out to deep extra cover! Boult makes no mistake as the fence as Shaw fails in his attempt to make room off Ashwin to go inside-out. Right when Shaw and Pant seemed to step on the gas, the Royals have sneaked through.

Prithvi Shaw c Boult b Ashwin 37 (27b 5x4 1x6)

DC 95/2 in 9 overs: McCoy offers width for the pull and Shaw obliges with a fierce stroke to the cow corner boundary. McCoy attempts a slower ball and Shaw elegantly lofts the ball over deep cover for a one-handed SIX! Misery for McCoy. The attempted slower-ball slips off his hands and well past Samson for FOUR and it's a no-ball.  Two wides to follow and the free-hit continues. McCoy strays to the pads and Pant slides it down leg for FOUR. McCoy all over the place now.  In the air and Hetmyer's desperate dive is not enough! Pant mistimes a slog over long-on as the ball drops through Hetmyer's hands for FOUR. 26 runs come off the over!

McCoy returns

DC 69/2 in 8 overs: Ashwin skims through the over. Shaw and Pant attempt aggressive strokes but fails to thread the fence

DC 60/2 in 7 overs: Chahal mixes up his lengths and the batters resort to singles. Top-edge from Shaw and it falls safe before the square leg fielder for another single.

Chahal replaces Prasidh

DC 55/2 in 6 overs: Ashwin strikes first ball! Sarfaraz sweeps a loopy delivery straight to Prasidh at square leg and Delhi find themselves in a muddle.  Pant's in at 4. Ashwin fends short and Pant whips it with disdain off his pads for FOUR. End of the PowerPlay with another successful over for the Royals.

Sarfaraz Khan c Prasidh Krishna b Ashwin 1 (3b)

Ashwin into the attack

DC 48/1 in 5 overs: Streaky from Warner. Prasidh attempts to angle the  ball across and Warner gets an inside-edge that clips the stumps before racing away to beat Sanju Samson to the fence for FOUR. Boom! Another loosener on length and Warner bashes it down the ground for FOUR. Krishna switches to around the wickets. GONE! Warner trickles one to Samson this time. Sharp in-decker from Prasidh and Warner could not bail out of that one.  Sarfaraz Khan in at 3. He gets off the mark with a single. Flourishing end to the over for Delhi as Shaw launches another straight drive for FOUR.

David Warner c †Samson b Prasidh Krishna 28 (14b 5x4 1x6)

DC 35/0 in 4 overs: McCoy pumps one short and Shaw swivels across to pull the ball through mid-wicket for FOUR. Shaw blasts another ball down the ground but fails to beat Buttler at mid-off. Jos nearly takes out Warner at the non-striker's who steps outside his crease for a single. McCoy offers a loosener to Warner and he slices the ball over backward point for FOUR.

Obed McCoy into the attack

DC 25/0 in 3 overs: Boult fires in a tight bouncer and Warner fails to slice the ball over point. Marginally tailing in to the pads and Warner easily glides the ball past short fine leg for FOUR. Boult shapes the ball away and Warner has a hard slash at it. The ball sails off the outside-edge over short third for SIX.

DC 14/0 in 2 overs: Prasidh goes full and wide and Warner nonchalantly lofts the ball over mid-off for FOUR. Similar lengths and Warner fails to cut open the off-side field. Prasidh tracks short and fluffs Warner's attempt for a rash cut. Single to follow. Prasidh maintains his sharp lines and just gives away six runs from the over.

Prasidh Krishna from the opposite end

DC 8/0 in 1 over: Shaw's off the mark with a swift pull through mid-wicket for FOUR. And Boult instantly takes the backward square leg away to mid-wicket. Boult switches sides and comes around the wicket. Boult tails it in and Shaw slams it straight back! The ball zips through his fingers for FOUR to long-on. Boult switches back. Shaw misses out on two deliveries as he gracefully drives the ball to the cover fielder.

Trent Boult takes the new ball.

Back for the chase. Warner and Shaw at the crease.

A gargantuan task awaits the Capitals and their hopes are heavily pinned on openers David Warner and Prithvi Shaw. Can they make it big for a fifth time in a row? Stay tuned.

Rajasthan posts the highest score of the season so far. Rajasthan beats their previous best of 217/5 that was scripted in their last game against KKR.

Buttler smashes third IPL 2022 hundred, fifth in T20s

RR 222/2 in 20 overs: Wide delivery first-up. Slower one from Shardul and Samson lofts it straight up to bisect cover and deep cover for two runs. Shardul hits the slot and Samson pounces on it with a fierce drive down the ground for FOUR. Shardul continues to operate from around the stump. Another wide as he attempts to cut the ball across. A single to follow as Samson misses out on another delivery in the slot. Hetmyer on strike.  Slow full toss and Hetmyer only fetches a single to deep mid-wicket. Short and wide and Samson gets a bottom-edge on the ball that trickles past Kuldeep at short-third for FOUR.  Full toss and Samson smacks it over mid-wicket for a top finish. Samson finishes unbeaten on 46 off 19. And that's 222/2 for RR on 22-04-22!

Shardul for the final over. Samson on strike.

RR 202/2 in 19 overs: Fizz attempts to find the blockhole and gets swatted through square leg for FOUR by Buttler instead. My, my, look at those wrists at work. Buttler scoops one low off the fuller length just over the long-off fielder for another SIX. Fizz rolls in a yorker and yet Buttler manages to drill it down the ground for four, maybe not. Rovman Powell puts in an excellent full-length dive to deny a boundary there.  Full toss and Buttler holes out to Warner at long-on. An innings of the highest-order, filled with finesse and exuberance comes to an end.

Jos Buttler c Warner b Mustafizur Rahman 116 (65b 9x4 9x6)

RR 188/1 in 18 overs: Samson misses the ramp and deflects it to his helmet. Khaleel offers room and Samson crunches the fuller ball for FOUR through extra cover. Khaleel tails the ball in and Samson lofts it with disdain over long-on for SIX. Width on offer and Samson smashes it over mid-off for FOUR. Goodness me, Khaleel. What have you done? He squares up Samson with a sharp bouncer and the RR skipper lobs it straight up for an absolute dolly to the bowler. Khaleel jogs in and clasps it before letting it slip through his fingers. Inexplicable in so many ways.

RR 165/1 in 17 overs: Mustafizur sends in a bouncer and Samson unleashes the upper-cut for FOUR. Rishabh Pant is livid. Fizz regains his composure to complete a neat over.

Buttler in this innings:

  • Fourth IPL ton in last eight innings
  • Second batter after Shikhar Dhawan to hit consecutive IPL tons
  • Second batter after Virat Kohli to have three or more IPL tons in a season
  • Most T20 centuries since 2020 - 5
  • Third most tons in IPL behind Kohli (6) and Gayle (5)


RR 158/1 in 16 overs:
A sharp nip-backer into the pads and Khaleel has a loud shout for an lbw. The umpires denies the appeal and DC opts for a review. An inside-edge would be the only thing saving Padikkal here. OUT! Three reds as the ball zips past the bat. An excellent hand from Padikkal comes to end. Sanju Samson in at 3.  Khaleel welcomes Samson with a couple of sharp deliveries in the blockhole. Single to deep point.  Buttler on 99! Century No. 3 of the season for Jos "the Boss"!

Buttler in IPL 2022: 35, 100, 70*, 13, 54, 103, 101*

Devdutt Padikkal lbw b Ahmed 54 (35b 7x4 2x6)

Khaleel Ahmed returns

RR 155/0 in 15 overs: INCREDIBLE hitting from Buttler! Kuldeep loops one in and Buttler hammers it over long-on for a HUGE SIX - 105 metres!  Another SIX, Buttler takes the assault further with a stunning short arm jab down the ground.  Kuldeep attempts a quicker one and Buttler swats it past Warner at long-on. Kuldeep finishes with a wide loopy delivery that beats Buttler's bat and he remains stranded on 99!

RR 137/0 in 14 overs: Axar goes fuller and Buttler brings out the reverse sweep and gets FOUR runs to deep point. FIFTY at the other end for Padikkal -  he's played his part deftly from the other end.

RR 128/0 in 13 overs: Poor from Lalit as he drops short once again. Buttler whips it over deep mid-wicket for another SIX! A quicker one from the offie and Buttler works it through square leg for FOUR. Buttler hits beast mode, again! He muscles another freebie over the bowler for the sixth SIX of his innings! Another hundred in sight? Oh, yes!

 

RR 110/0 in 12 overs: Ballistic from Jos! Mustafizur offers a hint of room and Buttler pummels the ball just over Padikkal for another spectacular FOUR! Seems like Delhi will be in for a long night.

RR 104/0 in 11 overs: Low full-toss from Lalit and Buttler creams it through cover for his third-successive fifty!  Padikkal joins the attack as he receives a similar juicy half-volley. He drives it through cover for another FOUR. Lalit loops one in Padikkal smashes the ball for SIX over deep mid-wicket. Padikkal and Buttler bring up the first 100-run partnership of IPL 2022.
RR 87/0 in 10 overs:
Thakur strays to the pads and Padikkal whips the ball to deep square leg and nearly finds the fielder on the full. Excellent yorker from Thakur. It takes Buttler by surprise as he attempts to push forward. There's the response! Buttler crams the ball over long-on for a massive 107m SIX! Thaku feeding length on that instance and Buttler was ready for it all day.

Shardul to resume after the TIMEOUT.

RR 79/0 in 9 overs: Buttler takes Kuldeep downtown! He advances to smoke a flighted delivery over long-on for SIX.  Buttler steps out again and drills the ball past Kuldeep once again to find FOUR. He's looking imperious at the moment.

RR 63/0 in 8 overs: In the slot and Padikkal launches the ball deep over mid-wicket for SIX. 97 metres! Axar strays down leg and Padikkal sweeps it fine for another FOUR.  A single to finish and Padikkal completes 2000 T20 runs - the third fastest Indian behind Tendulkar and Gaikwad in 61 innings.

Axar Patel into the attack

RR 51/0 in 7 overs: Excellent trajectories from Kuldeep to Padikkal. He tosses in a quicker one and beats Padikkal's bat during his attempted cut. Full and Padikkal employs a fine sweep to the deep mid-wicket fence for FOUR. Impeccable timing there to beat the fielder at the boundary.  Fifty up for Rajasthan. Padikkal and Buttler are quickly making up for the slow start.

PowerPlay done and dusted. Here's Kuldeep Yadav.

RR 44/0 in 6 overs: BANG! Here goes Buttler. He clears his front leg and waits for the delivery in the slot. He pumps it handsomely over mid-wicket for SIX! Length and Buttler lofts the ball over mid-off before Warner's dive saves two runs at the fence. Buttler clobbers Khaleel for another SIX! Tremendous restraint from Jos before finding his touch all over again. Khaleel errs with another length delivery and Buttler has it right in his arc. 400 runs up in the season for Buttler! Khaleel keeps it short and wide and Buttler attempts a slice but misses.

Khaleel returns

RR 29/0 in 5 overs: Lalit attacks the stumps and prompts the batters to deal in singles off the back-foot. Lalit fends short and Buttler fails to pump it over the fence with another mistimed hit. He gets off strike with another single. Sensible stuff from the Englishman to keep his calm. Lalit has done splendidly well to contain the marauding Buttler in check in the PowerPlay.

RR 26/0 in 4 overs: Width offered and Padikkal drives to deep cover and finds two runs. FOUR! A streaky drive from Padikkal finds off the outside-edge over short third.  Fizz strays to the pads and Padikkal glides it down to fine leg for another FOUR. CRUNCH! Mustafizur feeds in the slot and Padikkal eases forward for a gorgeous cover drive for FOUR.

Mustafizur replaces Shardul. Pant continues to shuffle through his armory.

RR 12/0 in 3 overs: Lalit drops the ball short and Padikkal guides it down to long-off for a single. Just the three runs in the PowerPlay. Buttler yet to find his feet at the Wankhede tonight.

Lalit Yadav replaces Khaleel.

RR 9/0 in 2 overs: Shardul finds some swing straightaway. Loud appeal and DC reviews. Shardul drops one on length and gets it to move in to rap on Padikkal's pads.  The replays suggest the ball has slid down leg and DC loses the review. Four dots on the trot to finish as Thakur pins down Buttler with sharp deliveries on the stumps.

Shardul Thakur from the opposite end

RR 8/0 in 1 over: Khaleel starts with a gentle loosener outside the off-stump against Buttler. He attempts to angle it across but finds no swing whatsoever as Jos leaves it alone. Close! Similar line but Buttler prods to forward to have a waft at it. Excellent from Khaleel. He cuts pace and maintains his length and beats Buttler's outside-edge once again. In the air and over short third! Buttler is squared up with another shorter delivery that sticks on the wicket for a moment. Buttler pauses for a pull but gets the top-edge over the fielder for FOUR. Khaleel with another ball across the line and Buttler leaves it on length. FOUR to finish as Buttler gets another streaky edge down to third. Top start from Khaleel nevertheless.

Khaleel Ahmed up with the new ball. Buttler on strike.

Here. We. Go. Delhi Capitals takes the field as Rajasthan openers Buttler and Padikkal walk out to the middle.

Rajasthan Royals Playing XI:: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal

Delhi Capitals Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Sarfaraz Khan, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed

19:12PM IST: Kul or Cha? Who will emerge successful tonight?

 

Kuldeep Yadav in IPL 2019-2021: 14 matches, five wickets.

Kuldeep Yadav in IPL 2022 so far: 13 wickets from five matches. Here's a read on the chinaman's sensational return to form: IPL 2022: Decoding the renaissance of Kuldeep Yadav

TOSS: Delhi Capitals wins the toss and opts to bowl first.

Rishabh Pant: We will bowl first. Told the boys not to focus on the outside and keep backing each other. We are gonna be talking about the same thing, end of the day we are looking to improve as a team. We are playing the same team. Anything around 150-160 would be good.

Sanju Samson: I don't mind, was ready for both. Toss is not in my hand, actually getting out of my hand. Both batters and bowlers have to be ready for both situations and we are happy to do it. We are playing great standard of cricket. All about carrying the momentum. And then move on. No changes.


TOSS TIME... Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant are at the centre.

Prithvi Shaw to the broadcaster: Everything is okay. Obviously a lot of hectic things are going on in the rooms and in the hotels itself, everything is fine now. Ricky is not coming but he did message us on how we are going to approach this game and all this Covid stuff is going in your head, you're mentally prepared for it (the game) and to focus on the onfield stuff. He's (Ponting) the boss of the team and when the boss is not here you can feel a bit different. But we have other coaches here and they understand these things, we will be fine playing under them. It all depends on my mood before the match day, if I want to have a hit or not. When I am scoring runs I don't really like to bat and don't want to get worse in the nets. The boss is watching from the hotel room and I hope we don't disappoint him.

6:46PM IST: Warner in IPL 2022 so far: 6, 61, 66, 60. The IPL behemoth has made a staggering turnaround to his fortunes since the lows of his IPL 2021 campaign with Sunrisers.

David Warner eyes his fourth consecutive fifty in IPL 2022 tonight against Rajasthan.   -  SPORTZPICS

 

6:40PM IST: Fantasy folks, here's what we think would be the top XI for tonight.

DC vs RR DREAM11 TEAM PREDICTION

Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler (c), Sanju Samson

Batters: David Warner (vc), Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer

All-rounders: Lalit Yadav

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal

Team Composition: DC 6:5 RR Credits Left: 0.0

 

6:16PM IST: STAT - Rajasthan Royals has hit most sixes in IPL 2022 so far (63) with Buttler and Hetmyer leading the charts. Meanwhile, Delhi has hit the second lowest sixes (37) in the league this year so far. The onus is on openers David Warner and Prithvi Shaw who have racked up four consecutive 50-plus partnerships for the Capitals.

Wankhede in readiness for Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals.   -  SPORTZPICS

6:09PM IST: Meanwhile, the Royals will continue to build on a brilliant start to their season.

 

6:07PM IST: Would be quite remarkable if they can go on to the last four after battling such adversities.

 

6:00PM IST: Here's a look at the records of Jos Buttler and David Warner against their respective opposition bowlers:

Jos Buttler

Buttler vs Khaleel: 2 innings, 20 runs, 1 dismissal, 133.33 SR, 20.00 AVE
Buttler vs Kuldeep: 6 innings, 36 runs, 2 dismissals, 102.85 SR, 18.00 AVE
Buttler vs Thakur: 9 innings, 90 runs, 2 dismissals, 157.89 SR, 45.00 AVE
Buttler vs Axar:  6 innings, 60 runs, 0 dismissals, 136.36 SR, - AVE
Buttler vs Mustafizur: 1 innings, 0 runs, 0 dismissals, 0.00 SR, - AVE

David Warner

Warner vs Ashwin: 16 innings, 159 runs, 5 dismissals, 125.19 SR, 31.80 AVE
Warner vs Chahal:
8 innings, 128 runs, 1 dismissal, 168.42 SR, 128.00 AVE
Warner vs Boult: 
8 innings, 44 runs, 2 dismissals, 84.44 SR, 19.00 AVE
Warner vs Prasidh: 2 innings, 15 runs, 1 dismissal, 107.14 SR, 15.00 AVE

 

5:27PM IST: Hoping all is well with Ponting and Co. Moving ahead, here's a look at the key stats and numbers from tonight's game:

  • Sanju Samson will feature in his 100th game for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. He is also 11 runs short of 5000 T20 runs.
  • Devdutt Padikkal needs 33 runs to complete 2000 T20 runs. He will become the third fastest Indian to the feat behind Sachin Tendulkar (59) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (60 innings).
  • Ravichandran Ashwin needs three wickets to complete 150 IPL scalps.
  • David Warner needs three sixes to complete 400 T20 sixes.
  • Axar Patel needs two wickets to complete 100 IPL wickets.


5:15PM IST: UPDATE from Delhi Capitals

UPDATE: Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting will be missing the IPL fixture against Rajasthan Royals on Friday after one of his family members, staying with him at the team hotel, tested positive for COVID-19.

He has been isolated from the rest of the squad, while other members have tested negative. The BCCI officials have indicated that the game will go ahead as per schedule.


 

4:40PM IST: DC vs RR - Head-to-head stats

Total matches played - 24
Rajasthan won
- 12
Delhi won - 12

Highest Score (RR): 201/6

Lowest Score (RR): 115/9

Highest Score (DC): 196/6

Lowest Score (DC): 87/10

Last 5 matches: RR 1-4 DC

Last H2H: DC won by 33 runs, DC 6/154 (20)  - 6/121 (20)) RR

 

MATCH PREVIEW

Rajasthan Royals has proven that it possibly has the most versatile bowling attack in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League. Delhi Capitals, in its last outing, gave a glimpse of how its opening partnership can turn out to be a game-changer for the team.

The mini-battle between the Royals quartet of Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, R. Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal versus the Capitals openers David Warner and Prithvi Shaw could prove to be the decisive factor when both the teams square off against each at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. Not to forget the sublime form of Royals batter Jos Buttler who has registered two centuries in this season.

Due to the COVID-19 cases in the Capitals camp over the last week, the game moved to Mumbai from Pune. And the Capitals will be keen on carrying the momentum it gained from mauling Punjab Kings on Wednesday.

The Royals will expect Ashwin to showcase his artistry against left-handed batters by restricting Warner, especially in the powerplay. Boult will be the biggest threat for Shaw, with the Kiwi having dismissed the Indian batter thrice in five innings in the T20s.

The Capitals will be hoping for its spin twins to contain Buttler and Co. If the England batter digs deep yet again, he will make the job of the fancied bowling line-up much easier.

- Amol Karhadkar


 

PREDICTED XIs

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant, Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed

Unavailable players: Mitchell Marsh, Tim Seifert

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Karun Nair, R Ashwin, Obed McCoy, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal

DC vs RR DREAM11 TEAM PREDICTION

Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler (c), Sanju Samson

Batters: David Warner (vc), Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer

All-rounders: Lalit Yadav

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal

Team Composition: DC 6:5 RR Credits Left: 0.0


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Squads

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed, Mandeep Singh, Srikar Bharat, Lungi Ngidi, Ashwin Hebbar, Praveen Dubey, Anrich Nortje, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Chetan Sakariya, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal

 

AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY'S IPL 2022 MATCH - RR vs DC START?

The IPL 2022 match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals begins at 7:30 PM IST.

WHERE TO WATCH TODAY'S IPL MATCH - DC vs RR LIVE?

IPL 2022 will be aired live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.