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Chris Morris is there for a chat. He says that Stokes is at a different level to him and he is a big loss but they have got a few guys who have come in and they are ready to go. Tells that he is a big fan of batting in the lower order and he has been given a role of batting in the lower order. States that there was added pressure after two weeks of the auctions and he needs to perform to the best of the abilities and win games for his team.
Rajasthan (Playing XI) – Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (WK/C), David Miller (IN PLACE OF BEN STOKES), Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat (IN PLACE OF SHREYAS GOPAL), Mustafizur Rahman.
Delhi (Playing XI) – Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (WK/C), Ajinkya Rahane, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lalit Yadav (IN PLACE OF AMIT MISHRA), Kagiso Rabada (IN PLACE OF SHIMRON HETMYER), Tom Curran, Avesh Khan.
Delhi captain, Rishabh Pant, says that these are the kind of wickets where toss does not matter as he believes the surface looks good and anything is possible. Pant says that it is good to take decision after looking at the wicket but adds it is a new day. Pant says that it is good to know that they have won their last 5 games against Rajasthan but adds the team that plays good cricket will win. Pant informs they have two changes as well as Hetmyer and Mishra are out and replaced by Rabada and Lalit Yadav.
Sanju Samson, the Rajasthan skipper, says that they would like to bowl first as the situation demands it. Adds that they have plans for each and every batsman. Tells that they need to keep a mindset of taking wickets. Mentions that they have two changes as David Miller comes in for Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat comes in for Shreyas Gopal.
TOSS – We are all in readiness for the crucial spin of coin. Rajasthan skipper, Sanju Samson is out with fellow young captain, Rishabh Pant of Delhi. Sanju has the coin in hand as this is Rajasthan’s designated home game. Up goes the coin. Pant calls Tails but it comes down as Heads. RAJASTHAN OPT TO BOWL!
Lalit Yadav has been handed his maiden cap in the league by Delhi coach and the Australian legend, Ricky Pointing. He looks set to make his debut. It will be interesting to see who he replaces in the side.
PITCH REPORT – Simon Doull is the pitch master for the evening. Doull starts by reminding us that 826 runs were scored in the last game. Doull says it is an even spread and Doull believes the bowlers should bowl very straight with the new ball. Doull tells it looks like a great surface. Adds there is a nice covering of grass and believes that there will be a lot of runs today as well.
Two new captains in the Indian T20 League face off in match number 7. Yes, we are talking about Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan and Rishabh Pant’s Delhi. In terms of momentum, it is Delhi as they defeated Chennai comfortably while Rajasthan came close to a win over Punjab but could not get over the line despite Samson’s fine century. For Delhi, Anrich Nortje tested positive for Covid and he won’t be available and that is a big blow. Rajasthan, on the other hand, will miss the services of Ben Stokes. Who will replace him? Will it be David Miller or Liam Livingstone? Will Kagiso Rabada play? We will find out as the toss is not far away.
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