Fireworks in first of weekend quadruple
The first of a Saturday double header and a weekend quadruple sees the Delhi Capitals take on the Rajasthan Royals in Match 36 of the Indian Premier League. Two sides that have started this part of the campaign well, and will be eyeing up two wins from two as they clash in the UAE heat on Saturday afternoon.
A less English sort of Royalty
The Rajasthan Royals have always been associated with having the majority of the best talent from English shores, and whilst they don’t have Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes or Jofra Archer, they do have one of the world’s most talked about white ball players Liam Livingstone back in their first XI. Livingstone has been doing his trade in England for the last few years but really burst on the scene globally this summer with his stunning hundred at Trent Bridge and his stint for the Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred. Trust me when I say, this bloke whacks it! And whilst he didn’t bag himself a huge score in the last game, he just teased the Royals fanbase as to what he is all about.
It was a beyond dramatic win for the Royals against the Punjab Kings last time out as youngster Kartik Tyagi was the star, managing to successfully defend just four runs in the last over, to secure a two run victory to the men in pink. The seamer the pick of the Royals bowlers, who didn’t have the best time of it against PK, and look like they could struggle without the firepower of Archer.
The complete package?
Times are good if you are Capitals fan though, as their comprehensive victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad saw them climb back to the top of the table. The Delhi side barely broke sweat as they swept aside an underwhelming Sunrisers team, who never really got going.
Anrich Nortje was the pick of the bowlers claiming figures of 2-12 from his four overs and bowling very very quickly to open up the innings. Kagiso Rabada also took three wickets, as the Capitals seem to have all bases covered with the ball.
Chasing down just 135, DC made light work of the challenge ahead, knocking off the runs with 13 balls to spare. Shreyas Iyer (47*), Shikhar Dhawan (42) and Rishabh Pant (35*) ensured an early victory with eight wickets in hand. I’m sure this will be a tougher task for the leaders, but I would still have them as the favourites.
Whilst the Capitals would be backed to take the two points, if Liam Livingstone gets firing, it could be raining sixes.
That’s why I am backing to Rajasthan Royals to hit the most sixes in the game between the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals at 2.00 with Casumo.