Delhi Capitals will be bouncing right about now. Very few things in the IPL give as much confidence - and a thirst for even more action - like a Super Over victory. Plus with the shift to Ahmedabad, their batters are likely to enjoy much better conditions than they encountered in Chennai. Shikhar Dhawan is the top run-getter this season having played on slow, low, turning pitches. Imagine the damage he can do on a true one.
In the news
Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa have cut short their stints with the Royal Challengers and have chosen to go back home to Australia for "personal reasons".
Delhi Capitals: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Lalit Yadav, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Amit Mishra
Stats that matter
- The Capitals' run-rate of 8.4 in the powerplay is the second-best this season. Their opponents on Tuesday are the only team who have scored quicker.
- In each of his previous IPL seasons since 2017, Mohammed Siraj barely managed to keep his economy rate in single-digits. In 2021, he gives away only 6.5 runs per over and 54% of his deliveries are dot balls. His increased control has given Royal Challengers a very useful weapon, especially in the death overs.
- Pant needs two sixes to reach a tally of 100 as wicketkeeper-batter. Shaw needs eight runs to score 1000 in the IPL.
- Devdutt Padikkal has become a serious hitter of spin bowling. In IPL 2020, he was content hitting a boundary every nine balls of spin he faced. This year he's finding that fence every 3.7 balls. His aggression is why taking the pace off against RCB, which used to be a good tactic, may not always work.
Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo