Deli Capitals currently sit at the top of IPL standings but that may not be the case by the time this match begins as Chennai Super Kings could become the new league leaders if they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight.
That said, the Capitals’ haul of 14 points is the highest as of now.
The start to their UAE leg of the IPL 2021 was the way their India leg ended: with a win. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday night, Delhi were dominant winners.
Their double-headed South African pace unit comprising Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada picked up five wickets between themselves. Nortje, in particular, was extremely quick and struck in the very first over of the match and got rid of David Warner – an early wobble from which Hyderabad never recovered.
The 135-run target was just too meager to cause any concern for a batting as strong as Delhi’s. They won with eight wickets and more than two overs to spare.
The Royals are currently placed right in the middle of the pack, occupying fifth place in the eight-team league.
They are on a two-match winning streak though, which began in India and was added to this Tuesday night with a defeat of Punjab Kings, albeit a slim win.
The Royals had amassed a sizable 185 in that match, and although that indicates their batting had fired on all cylinders, it actually hadn’t. Apart from four batsmen, no one else contributed in double figures.
Their bowlers, too, had delivered a mixed effort and would have seen their team lose the match, had it not been for the brilliant Kartik Tyagi, who somehow defended four runs in the final over.
It indicates that all is not well in Rajasthan camp and if they drop a few, no one will be surprised.