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Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Predictions & Tips - Dhawan can bat Capitals to victory

  • Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals predictions for Thursday’s IPL cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Mumbai at 15:00 BST
  • Delhi Capitals have won their last 5 matches against the Royals
  • I am backing the Capitals to win with Dhawan to be among the runs
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Delhi Capitals tipped to win second match in a row (Getty images)
Ralph Staniforth 14 Apr 2021
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Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals Predictions


The Delhi Capitals reached the final of the IPL last season and got off to a winning start this year. After winning their last five matches against the Royals, I’m backing the Capitals to get another win here.

  • Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson scored 119 runs in his last IPL match.
  • Delhi Capitals reached the final of the 2020 IPL.
  • Delhi Capitals have won their last 5 matches against the Rajasthan Royals.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan scored 85 runs in his last IPL match.
  • Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan won the man of the match award in his last match.

Head to Head


The Delhi Capitals have dominated this fixture with five wins in the last five matches. In their last encounter, the Capitals won by 13 runs in October 2020.

Rajasthan Royals Form


The Rajasthan Royals lost their opening 2021 Indian Premier League fixture against the Punjab Kings by four runs. It was a nail-biting affair in which momentum swung from over to over.

The Kings scored a mammoth 221 runs batting first in Mumbai. Chetan Sakariya bowled well for figures of 3-31 off four overs but the other bowlers all went at over 10 runs to the over.

In response, the Royals lost Ben Stokes for a duck in the first over. Sanju Samson however played a superb innings before being dismissed off the final ball of the innings for 119 runs.

Samson took the Rajasthan Royals singlehandedly almost won the match for the Royals. Needing five off the final ball, Samson went for the big one but was caught on the boundary, leaving the Royals on 217 runs.

Rajasthan Royals Injuries & Team News


The Rajasthan Royals face early injury concerns for the season. Jofra Archer is still trying to regain full fitness and may miss the majority if not all of the IPL.

Ben Stokes has also been ruled out of the tournament with a broken finger. That may mean a reshuffle in the batting lineup with Jos Buttler opening and David Miller coming into the side.

Alternatively, Englishman, Liam Livingstone may get an opportunity at the top of the order.

Delhi Capitals Form


The Delhi Capitals got their IPL season underway with an impressive seven wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.

Chris Woakes and Avesh Khan took two wickets each for the Capitals as they restricted the Super Kings to 188 in 20 overs. It was a very challenging total but Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan made the most of excellent batting conditions.

The opening pair put on a 138-run opening stand with Shaw scoring 72 and Dhawan 85 runs. From their Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 15 runs to take the Capitals to victory with more than an over to spare.

Delhi Capitals Injuries & Team News


The Delhi Capitals won their opening fixture without a few of their star players. Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Steven Smith all sat on the sidelines in the opening match.

Over time, all three should work their way into the side. Rabada could feature in this fixture if the Capitals opt for just one spinner, but that will mean either Tom Curran or Chris Woakes will have to make way.

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Verdict

With five wins from their last five fixtures against the Royals, the smart money is on the Capitals here. In-form opener, Shikhar Dhawan can back up his man of the match 85 runs from the last match to be the Capitals best batsman again.

For the Rajasthan Royals, we are tipping Sanju Samson to top score. The captain scored a magnificent 119 runs in his last match.

Best Bet: Delhi Capitals Win Result @-142.86 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Capitals Batsman Tip: Shikhar Dhawan Best Capitals Batsman @240.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Royals Batsman Tip: Sanju Samson Best Royals Batsman @275.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Shikhar Dhawan Man of the Match @700.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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