Fresh off their respective wins, both Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals would want to maintain winning momentum. @BCCI/PTI

Fresh off their respective wins, both Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) would want to maintain winning momentum when the two sides face each other in Match 40 of the IPL. With a four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, the Capitals have taken a step closer to the Playoffs and now sit at No. 3 on the points table, tying with Mumbai Indians at 12 points.

The Royals on the other hand, continue to languish at the second-last position, despite their five-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Although their hopes of staying alive in the tournament is pretty much intact, winning against the in-from Capitals will pose a bigger threat than expected.

The corresponding fixture last season saw Rajasthan Royals register a 10-run win via DLS method in a rain-affected match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Batting first, Rajasthan scored a total of 153/5 after 17.5 overs as rain halted play. Delhi were given a target of 71 from 6 overs but could only manage 60/4 and lost the match by 10 runs.

The Kotla surface would also be on focus after attracting some criticism in the previous match. But with a win finally at home, the Capitals just seem to have that extra advantage over their opponents. The two teams have faced each other on 18 previous occasions which has seen Rajasthan register 11 victories while Delhi has managed only seven.

What: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals

When: April 22, 2018 (Monday)

Time: 8:00PM

Venue: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur

Weather: Slightly hazy conditions with a high of 35 degree

Team News

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals should be bolstered by the return of Jos Buttler, and with his return, the individual likely to be dropped is Ashton Turner, who endured a second straight golden duck. In other possible change, Rahul Tripathi has scored at the top of the order and it may although be a bold move, Royals might be tempted to drop Ajinkya Rahane following his string of low scores this season.

Probable XI: 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Rahul Tripathi/Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Steve Smith (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Jofra Archer, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Dhawal Kulkarni

Delhi Capitals

Their lower-middle order may pose a few worries but the Capitals might want to stick with the combination which beat Kings XI Punjab.

Probable XI: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant, 5 Colin Ingram, 6 Chris Morris, 7 Hanuma Vihari, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Sandeep Lamichhane


“It’s important for us to not be complacent. We need to carry on from what we have achieved against Punjab as a team. It is crucial to take the momentum forward, and not take things lightly. The players do need to take that initiative to finish the match for the team, and if everyone is willing to think like that, there can be no stopping our team. I feel this is a crucial stage of the tournament, and we need to be ready and get our A-game back, to come out on top tomorrow.” – Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals captain.