Rajasthan Royals are giving themselves a fighting chance of making the top four after winning two of their last three matches and the win against Mumbai Indians last time out was particularly welcome after making the controversial decision to stand Ajinkya Rahane down as captain and appoint Steve Smith as their new skipper.
Binny and Parag have been revelations in the last couple of matches with both bat and ball to add some quality to the middle order and bowling attack which has been vital as they still have some question marks with Ashton Turner being out for two golden ducks in his only two appearances, and Unadkat struggling badly with the ball.
Despite their upturn in form, they could well make changes once again with Liam Livingstone possibly being given another chance or even Ish Sodhi, while Sanju Samson replaces Jos Buttler behind the stumps as his IPL stint has ended early due to the birth of his child.
Coach: Ricky Ponting
Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Delhi Capitals have won four of their last five matches and they will feel that they are in touching distance of getting into the play-offs now, but they still have work to do and a win here would go a long way to sealing a place.
They have rotated their overseas players throughout the tournament and Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford and Sandeep Lamichhane came into the side in the five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Saturday, and after that good performance there is every chance they will keep their places.
The consistency of some of their key players like Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada has laid the foundations for this superb run of form and they will look to them once again to make the difference here.
Both of these teams come into this game in excellent form but it is arguably the Royals who have the greater urgency as they have no real margin for error right now. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season, and although Delhi Capitals won the last meeting, Rajasthan Royals won the previous seven which may give them confidence. The Royals' line-up remains far from settled and there are still some weaknesses in their team which makes the more consistent Capitals the preferred play here.
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