Delhi vs Rajasthan Indian T20 League: First Games by Paytm fantasy cricket tips and tricks, prediction and likely XIs
By Devarchit Varma April 21, 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Average score at venue (1st inns): 162
Win percentage while batting first: 34.09%
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will have something for all parties involved as bowlers and batsmen have both enjoyed the time out in the middle in the 6 matches that have been played here so far in the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022.
The previous contest between Bangalore and Delhi witnessed the highest score of 189/5 being recorded here in this tournament, with Delhi suffering a loss by 16 runs.
Fast bowlers will continue to dominate at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, since they have a wicket-share percentage of 69.63% compared to spin bowlers getting the remaining 30.37%.
The city of Mumbai will record a bright and clear day on Friday with temperatures hitting a high of 36°C in the afternoon, with the mercury dropping down to a steady 32°C during the match hours in the night. The humidity levels will linger around 50%.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (overall):
Matches played: 24
Delhi won: 12
Rajasthan won: 12
No result: -
Top 3 players from Delhi: David Warner, Akshar Patel, Prithvi Shaw
Top 3 players from Rajasthan: Jos Buttler, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shimron Hetmyer
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):
Top 5 players from Delhi: David Warner, Akshar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Lalit Yadav
Top 5 players from Rajasthan: Jos Buttler, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson
Q & A:
Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has had something for everyone. While the batsmen have been able to get their runs provided they applied themselves amply and for also be a little innovative, bowlers have enjoyed their time out on the field, exploiting their pace and bounce and the movement off the surface which traditionally has been there always particularly for the fast bowlers. For this contest to be played between two very talented and dangerous teams, a right mix of in-form batsman and bowlers who have been among wickets recently will be the correct method of making fantasy cricket playing XI.
Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
Rajasthan are indeed a very strong team when compared to Delhi in terms of overall firepower and the talent that they have in their ranks. In the points table for the Indian T20 Cricket League 2020, Rajasthan are placed at the 3rd spot with 4 victories in 6 matches giving them 8 points and rate of 0.380 whereas Delhi have just moved up to the 6th position having recorded a big victory by 9 wickets against Punjab on Wednesday night. Delhi have 3 victories and as many defeats in 6 matches and their net run rate is better than that of Rajasthan, at 0.942. But given the kind of cricket these two teams have played so far in the tournament, Rajasthan are indeed the stronger side and should have more players featuring in the fantasy cricket playing XI.
MORE INFORMATION: Delhi took the field on Wednesday night in the backdrop of several of the squad members down with the coronavirus but they showed incredible spirit and determination to record a big victory against Punjab, which will bolster their confidence going into the contest against a formidable Rajasthan side. For Delhi to move up in the points table, they need to keep recording victories and be more consistent with their performances than what they have done so far.
PLAYERS’ FORM: Rajasthan opening batsman and English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has set the bar high by scoring 375 runs in 6 matches — including two centuries already so far — as he is donning the Orange Cap. His counterpart in the Delhi side, David Warner has also struck rich form with the bat, scoring 60 not out against Punjab in a one-sided win which his side recorded on Wednesday night at the Brabourne Stadium. Among the bowlers, Yuzvendra Chahal will be the key for Rajasthan whereas Delhi have an extremely talented bowling line-up which restricted Punjab for a paltry total of 115 in their 20 overs in their last outing. Kuldeep Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed are particularly the ones to watch out for in this contest.
FANTASY XI: Jos Buttler (c), David Warner (vc), Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Prasidh Krishna.
Confident Delhi face formidable Rajasthan in a contest among equals
An inconsistent Delhi will rely on their bilateral record against Rajasthan wherein they have recorded 12 victories — similar to Rajasthan's — in the 24 matches that these two teams have played so far in the history of the Indian T20 Cricket League.
Delhi and Rajasthan will lock horns on Friday night at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai looking to consolidate their positions in the points table for the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022, with the Rishabh Pant-led team also aiming to improve their numbers.
Delhi produced a clinical performance which was delivered by both their bowlers and their top-order batsmen to record a 9-wicket victory over Punjab in their previous outing.
Rajasthan will be looking to fire once again with the bat having recorded a narrow but a thrilling 7-run win over Kolkata in their last outing at the Brabourne Stadium — a contest where in both the teams scored more than 200 runs in the contest.
For Delhi, their opening pair of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw will be expected to fire with the bat once again as these two batsmen have been putting on strong opening stands to provide Delhi with early impetus, but their middle-order is yet to file in unison and build on the hard work done by the batsmen batting before them.
These two teams have exciting bowling lineups with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Trent Boult being the ones to watch out for for Rajasthan, whereas Delhi will rely on the talent of Khaleel Ahmed and the wily Kuldeep Yadav in order to trouble the Rajasthan batsmen, who have batted aggressively in the recent outings.
Jos Buttler will be the key for Rajasthan with the bat since the English wicketkeeper-batsman has placed himself far ahead of the competition in the entire tournament, scoring 375 runs in just 6 matches which also includes two centuries already.
On the other hand, David Warner has been the pillar and the aggressor for Delhi, cracking half-centuries in rapid innings that he has played so far.
Well Rajasthan have displayed their potential in all departments more than once in the tournament, Delhi did the same for the first time on Wednesday night against Punjab, restricting them for this 115 in their 20 overs and chasing down the target easily with nine wickets to spare.
Devarchit Varma is a cricket writer and journalist with an experience of more than a decade, having worked at Hindustan Times (newspaper) and CricketCountry (website). Along with covering international and domestic cricket, he has also interviewed several current and former top players such as Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith, Dale Steyn, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, Lasith Malinga and many more. He has also worked in other beats as a journalist in Bollywood (Reliance BigOye) and IT (SiliconIndia) industries.
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