RR and DC have had contrasting fortunes in the recent past, and find themselves in opposite halves of the IPL 2020 points table.
After two wins in their first two IPL 2020 games at the batting paradise that is Sharjah, RR have fallen to three consecutive defeats at the other two venues. The 2008 IPL champions' frail middle order has been exposed, with captain Steve Smith and star batsman Sanju Samson failing in all their losses. RR desperately need a win in this game as they attempt to revive their struggling IPL 2020 campaign.
DC, on the other hand, have been one of the best teams in this year's tournament, and registered a facile win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in their only game at Sharjah thus far. Shreyas Iyer's team also boast of one of the best bowling attacks in IPL 2020, and the strength of their unit will be severely tested at this venue.
Ahead of the RR vs DC IPL 2020 game, we take a look at 3 players who could be the captain or vice-captain of your Dream11 team.
#3 Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant has gotten off to a start in every IPL 2020 game that he has played so far, but he hasn't yet reached the 50-run mark. Some of this can be attributed to the situations that he has come in to bat as well as the success of the DC top order, but it is true that the young wicket-keeper is due a big score.
And in Sharjah, against an RR bowling attack that is heavily dependent on leg-spinners, Pant could be the X-factor for DC. He excelled in the last game at the venue as he hit boundaries at will, but holed out with more than a few balls to go.
Pant will be keen on making a mark against RR, and he is a good choice to be the captain or vice-captain of your Dream11 team for the RR vs DC IPL 2020 game.
#2 Jos Buttler
After a couple of indifferent knocks in his first few IPL 2020 games, RR opener Jos Buttler found form in his previous game against the Mumbai Indians. The Englishman was the only RR batsman to offer any resistance as he registered his first IPL 2020 fifty, and it took a good catch from Kieron Pollard on the boundary to send him back to the hut.
Sharjah is tailor-made for a player like Buttler, who looks to attack right from the outset. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje - apart from Axar Patel - have been superb with the new ball for DC, but they will face their sternest test of IPL 2020 so far in the form of the wicket-keeper.
Buttler is a great choice to be the captain or vice-captain of your Dream11 team for the RR vs DC IPL 2020 game.
#1 Shreyas Iyer
The star of DC's win in their previous game at Sharjah, Shreyas Iyer is on the back of a failure against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The DC skipper holed out in the deep in his previous game off Moeen Ali, but it's highly unlikely that the same will repeat at this venue.
Iyer is his team's leading run-scorer in IPL 2020, and it is likely that he will not have to face RR's most threating bowler - Jofra Archer - in the middle overs. The DC No. 3 will be able to play his shots against RR's spin-dominant attack, and he is an excellent choice to be the captain or vice-captain of your Dream11 team for the RR vs DC IPL 2020 game.
Published 09 Oct 2020, 11:00 IST