IPL 2019, Match 53 – DC vs RR: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

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Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals at the Kotla.

The final weekend of the league stage of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) is here. The Delhi Capitals (DC) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) face-off in what is an extremely important match for both the sides. For the hosts, it is all about making it into the top two while the Royals still have an outside chance to qualify if they get to 13 points. They were unfortunate to not win a five-over shootout against RCB as rain arrived just at the wrong time but they would like to at least end their league stage with a win.

The Capitals have been dealt with a huge blow as Cricket South Africa (CSA) called back Kagiso Rabada after the latter complained of back pain. They will have to make do without him now and hope for the others to step up for the rest of the season. Ishant Sharma, if fit, can come straight back into the side in place of Chris Morris who went for plenty in the previous game.


The Royals have also lost their captain Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane, who was the captain at the start of the season is likely to take up the mantle yet again. Ashton Turner could be drafted in place of Smith while there is also a possibility of Krishnappa Gowtham and Manan Vohra getting a game.

Match Details:

The 53rd game of the IPL between DC and RR will be hosted by the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.

The match starts at 04:00 PM local time (10:30 GMT).

The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).

Weather Conditions

The conditions aren’t going to be easy for the players with the sun beating down hard. The temperature is likely to be in the 40s with no possibility of rain according to Accuweather. The temperature though will drop to the high 30s as the game progresses which is a little bit of relief.

Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)

Delhi Capitals – L, W, W, W, L

Rajasthan Royals – W, W, L, W, L (Previous game which ended in ‘No Result’ not considered)

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Kotla surface always manages to hog the limelight. It should play decent for both batters and bowlers while a score around 160 should be par as the ball will turn later on. The pitch always has a few cracks and with the afternoon heat, it will open up during the second innings. Teams winning the toss should opt to bat.

Average first-innings score: 163 – 6 matches in IPL 2019

Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2

Probable Playing XI:

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Jagadeesha Suchith, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult.

Bench: Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Avesh Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane.

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Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane (C), Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (wk), Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas.

Bench: Stuart Binny, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Shashank Singh, Ish Sodhi, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Sudhesan Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Dhawal Kulkarni.

Team News:

Steve Smith has left the RR team to join the national training camp ahead of the World Cup.

Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the tournament with a back niggle.

Power Picks:

Shikhar Dhawan vs RR in IPL:

Innings: 16

Runs: 469

Average: 33.50

50s: 5

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: Liam Livingstone, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer

Vice-Captain Options: Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Gopal, Ajinkya Rahane

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Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:

Keeper – Sanju Samson (VC)

Batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone

All-Rounders – Axar Patel, Riyan Parag

Bowlers – Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shreyas Gopal, Oshane Thomas.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/ Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Rishabh Pant (VC)

Batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Ingram, Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone (C)

All-Rounders – Axar Patel, Riyan Parag

Bowlers – Jagadeesha Suchith, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.


Expert Advice:

Have as many spinners in your fantasy team as possible; the pitch is definitely expected to turn.

Liam Livingstone can be a destructive player opening the innings and he could be picked as the captain in grand leagues.

Probable Winners:

DC are the favourites to win at home but the Royals are known as party spoilers in these situations.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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