Both the teams have scored heavily at Sharjah and know the dimensions quite well. Is there a Sharjah massacre on cards?
Let’s have a look at some key battles for the match.
There is some problem with Steve Smith, and he needs to correct it as soon as he can. Rajasthan’s batting woes have gone from bad to worse and it is probably because the skipper is not doing well. He batted beautifully at Sharjah and with them going back to Sharjah, Smith would want to score some runs for the team. Rabada owns the purple cap and he owns it very well. He has been the most lethal bowler for the season and has taken 12 wickets so far. He has led the bowling from the front and has inspired others to bowl in tandem as well. It will be a battle between the best batsmen of all formats and the best bowler of all formats.
Samson would be dying to go back to Sharjah, smack a few boundaries, and find his form back. He has failed miserably in the last 3 matches and owing to which RR’s batting has struggled a lot. If RR wants to get back on winning tracks, Samson would have to take up some responsibility up his sleeves. Ashwin looked in great form in their last match against RCB. Although he has taken 3 wickets only, his experience has helped the side with their strategies. It will test his skill to bowl brilliantly at Sharjah and not let Samson find his form back. Also, he will be facing Buttler, will he be tempted to Mankad him once again?
Prithvi Shaw hammered RCB and took the match away from them before they even realized what just hit them. That’s how this little man plays, he plays aggressive cricket by using his sheer technique. The smaller boundaries will excite this young lad more than anyone else. Archer has been the most successful bowler for Rajasthan this season and he has proven his mantle. They very much rely on him and he has not failed to deliver. When the team struggles with the bat, the bowlers need to sail them over. Archer can bring that inspiration back and he needs to do it before it’s too late.
Iyer is the highest run-scorer for the DC side with 181 runs in 5 matches. He has led from the front and has inspired others around to play up to their capabilities. Iyer will be very excited as the last time they played at Sharjah he scored an 88 off 38 balls. The skipper would want to continue with the form he is in. Shreyas Gopal being the lead spinner of the side has performed decently. He took the key wickets against MI. One advantage that he has is the familiarity with Sharjah wicket and he can get his line-length more accurate than others. Will he be able to use this advantage or Iyer takes him out for cleaners?