Rajasthan Royals need to face Delhi Capitals today for the 40th game of IPL 2019. The Rajasthan franchise made crucial changes like sacking Ajinkya Rahane out of captaincy and handing it to Steven Smith. Delhi Capitals need just one win to give a tough fight for Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians to compete for playoff chances. They are in a formidable position after a few hiccups and are showing standout performances in all the departments.
Since Delhi Capitals have stronger batting lineup and bowlers, they might seem favorites when compared to Rajasthan Royals. But due to crucial changes made in the Rajasthan Royals team, the team might come with improved confidence and performance in this game. They are in a dangling position in the seventh place of the points table with lesser chances to make the way for the playoffs.
Ajinkya Rahane will continue in the game as a player but the new skipper has a huge responsibility of gaining the momentum by winning all the upcoming games. Shreyas Gopal and Jos Buttler are the two consistent performers for the side whereas Delhi Capitals players are showing teamwork in all the games. Rajasthan Royals lost four of five games in minimal margins and this is the reason for the franchise to switch for a new captain.
Shreyas Gopal is the competent bowler for the side and might get a national call up if he keeps on his vigor in the upcoming games. Jos Buttler slammed four half-centuries from six occasions but might not be available for the side due to world cup season.
Steven Smith seemed a consistent player and the additional responsibility is not new to him. Handing captaincy to the player who served ban period raised many eyebrows but he is the only consistent player for the side at this moment.
Coming to Delhi Capitals, the players like Shreyas Iyer and Sandeep Lamicchane are the dark knights whereas Kagiso Rabada might be unavailable for the next half of the tournament. Shreyas Iyer is a consistent captain and a middle-order batsman and his performance against KXIP guided the side towards a win without any bruises.