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IPL 2020 Match 23 – Delhi Capitals VS Rajasthan Royals Betting Preview

Cricket IPL Betting Tips

The 23rd match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between the Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. Both these teams are on the opposite ends of the league table, with DC sitting pretty in second place, while the Royals are languishing in 7th place. The match is being played in Sharjah, which is notorious for being an extremely small ground which promises massive scores. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by Bet365 India.

Our top betting picks for this match:

  • DC to win the match @1.80
  • RR to hit the most sixes @1.90
  • DC to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Rabada to be DC’s top wicket-taker @2.87
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Rajasthan Royals won the first ever IPL title in 2008, but have struggled ever since, while Delhi Capitals have never even reached the final, and are on an inspired quest for their first every title win. These two teams have played each other 20 times, with RR winning 11 of those, and DC winning the other 9.

Team News

Rajasthan Royals started IPL 2020 with a bang, winning their first 2 matches in dramatic fashion, scoring over 400 runs in the process. Their top order has been fairly consistent while Jofra Archer has been absolutely brilliant with the bat as well as ball. The return of Ben Stokes will make them an even more formidable unit. However, they have lost their last 3 matches in a row, and are currently struggling at the 7th spot in the table.

The Delhi Capitals won their opening two matches to get off to the perfect start, and were top of the table before they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. However they have again won 2 matches in a row, and are currently second in the table. Their batting top order looks fairly consistent, with notable contributions from at least two of the top order batsmen in every game so far, followed by some big hitting by the likes of Stoinis and Hetmyer after them. The bowling looks very good, however, with very economical spells by the spinners and a brilliant pace partnership between Rabada and Nortje. Amit Mishra has pulled out of the IPL though, due to a hand injury, and will be a big loss.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

The Delhi Capitals are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.72 as per Bet 365. They have been one of the most impressive and balanced sides of the tournament so far, with remarkable consistency shown with the bat as well as ball. They look likely to continue their winning run. Rajasthan Royals are 2.10 as per Bet 365, which is dependent on their top order performing, which hasn’t happened in recent times as they have lost 3 matches in a row.

Top Team Batsman

Shikhar Dhawan is, as usual, the favourite to be Delhi’s top batsman in this match with odds of 3.60. His opening partner Prithvi Shaw has odds of 4.00 after his impressive innings in the second match, while captain Shreyas Iyer has odds of 4.50, after his blistering knock against KKR propelled them to 227.

Jos Buttler is unsurprisingly the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.25.  He was their top scorer in the previous match, as they succumbed to a disappointing defeat to MI. His opening partner Sanju Samson has odds of 4.33, while the dependable Steve Smith also has odds of 4.33.

Highest Opening Partnership

Both these teams are equally poised at 1.90 to have the highest opening partnership in this match, as both are considered to have in-form opening pairs. Shaw and Dhawan have consistently given Delhi some solid starts with impressive stroke play in the initial overs , while Smith and Buttler can easily destroy any bowling attack on their day.

Top Team Bowler

South African pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada is in brilliant form of late, and is DC’s favourite to be the top bowler, at 2.87. He is also the current purple cap holder. He is followed by compatriot Nortje at 4.00. On the other hand, Jofra Archer is the favourite to be the top bowler from RR at 3.25, followed by all-rounder Tom Curran at 4.50.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 380.5 runs in this match are 1.83, as per Bet 365. Although this is a massive score, this is a pretty attractive bet as the average score at Sharjah this season has been over 200! Both these teams have posted some huge totals before, and are more than capable of crossing the 191 run mark required to win this bet.

Individual Player Betting

  • Jos Buttler to score more than 27.5 runs has odds of 1.83, which is very tempting as he would like to continue his form from the last game. Prithvi Shaw to score more than 22.5 runs has odds of 1.83, which is again very tempting as he has looked in great touch of late.
  • More than 22.5 sixes to be hit in this match has odds of 1.72, which is again very attractive as it is the smallest ground in the tournament. RR to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.90, which is likely as Samson and Buttler are known for their big sixes, while Tewatia and Archer can also blast away. DC to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.10, which depends heavily on Iyer, Stoinis and Pant mainly.
  • Jofra Archer to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.10, while Rabada to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 1.90, which is almost a given with his form.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • DC to win the match @1.80
  • RR to hit the most sixes @1.90
  • DC to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Rabada to be DC’s top wicket-taker @2.87
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Why should I bet on Delhi Capitals to win this match at 1.80?
Delhi Capitals are favourites for this match and likely to win primarily because of their brilliant form. They have won 2 matches in a row now, to make it 4 wins out of 5 and are comfortably sitting in 2nd place. They have a very balanced squad with good form all across the squad.  
Why should I bet on over 380.5 runs at 1.83?
This is the highest score for this market this season, and is primarily because two of the best batting sides in the tournament are squaring off at the smallest venue by size, so some massive scores are expected.

Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is fairly balanced with 2 wicket-keepers, 3 batsmen, 3 all-rounders and 3 bowlers.

Wicket Keepers – Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson

Jos Buttler is the favourite to be the top RR batsman at 3.25, and hence we have included him over Rishabh Pant. He can utilize the smaller ground for his six-hitting abilities. We also have Sanju Samson who is now due a big innings after an explosive start in the beginning.


Steve Smith is our only batsman pick from the Royals as we already have 2 wicket keepers from their team. He is 4.33 to be their top scorer. We also have Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw from DC, as the openers are the 2 favourites from DC to be the top scorers.


Marcus Stoinis and Rahul Tewatia are handy 6th bowlers as well as massive hitters with the bat who can post some huge scores at the smallest venue of the tournament.


Our bowling lineup is led by Rabada (2.87 to be DC’s top bowler), who is in exceptional form. He is complemented by Nortje and Archer.  


Akshay Malhotra

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