Rajasthan Royals have played five games and are yet to figure out their best eleven. And if they wish to stay in the title race, they will need to come up with some quick-fix measures to snap their three-match losing streak.
Good news, they will be returning to Sharjah, where they successfully chased 200+ totals on two occasions against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab which is their only silver lining for now.
Will it be third time lucky for Steve Smith side when they take on dominant Delhi Capitals on Friday?
IPL 2020 RR vs DC: Need short term fix for Playing XI
As they are back at Sharjah Stadium, RR will take inspiration from their two big wins at Sharjah to turn things around against a formidable Delhi. For it to happen they will need to fix their playing XI issue. Besides the top-order, the entire batting order has struggled to make an impact.
The sudden loss of form of skipper Steve Smith and Sanju Samson — who did bulk of the scoring in the first two matches, is as much a reason for their failure as the lack of runs from the Indian batsmen in the team.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 8, 2020
RR did try to rejig their line-up against Mumbai Indians by including young batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal and pacer Kartik Tyagi and Ankit Rajpoot in the playing XI but it did not change their fortunes.
While Jaiswal was out for a second-ball duck at the top, Rajpoot went for 42 in his three overs but young Tyagi showed promise with his one for 36. Good news is Ben Stokes will be available from October 10. But until then they need to find a solution for the DC match to stay in the title race. Maybe bringing experienced Robin Uthappa back might do the trick. The right-hand batsman feels confident about a good performance at Sharjah.
“I am quite confident that we’ll do well going ahead. In the IPL it doesn’t really matter how you start it but is really important how you end the tournament. From my experience, I feel if we can get the momentum back on our side in the coming matches then it’ll bode well for us and I truly believe that we can do it. I think our bowling at the moment is a bit predictable, and I think we’ve learnt a bit from our last few games, hopefully, we’ll apply them and get the desired results.”
The drills don’t stop. 👊
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 7, 2020
“I feel the team balance and combinations are pretty good. We’ve got good batsmen in our squad, we’re also going to have Ben Stokes back with us soon and he’ll strengthen our line-up.”
IPL 2020 RR vs DC: Can there be another Rahul Tewatia blitzkrieg?
If there is one man who made the most of the short boundaries of Sharjah it was Rahul Tewatia. His five sixes in one over to Sheldon Cottrell was the game-changer for Rajasthan Royals 224-runs chasing cause.
Although Sanju Samson was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 42-ball 85, it was Tewatia who stole the limelight batting at No.4. Maybe, RR might choose to promote him at No.4 once again given his hard-hitting prowess in the final overs.
IPL 2020 RR vs DC: Jos Butler returns to form, death bowling looks good
Coach Andrew McDonald and Steve Smith would be a bit relaxed with their opener Jos Butler back in form. In the last match, the English batsman scored a fine 44-ball 70 to help RR post a fighting total.
In bowling, Jofra Archer and Tom Currant have been doing the heavy lifting for the team. In five matches played, the duo have shared eight wickets.