This is the second meeting between these two in a matter of days, with Delhi running out comfortable winners by 46 runs on Friday.
The Capitals set a difficult total of 184, meaning the Royals openers had to come out swinging, and the openers couldn’t deal with the pace of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.
Jos Buttler fell early and though Steve Smith and Yashasvi Jaiswell steadied the ship, as soon as the Australian fell for 24 the rest toppled like dominoes.
184 was the first score under 200 for five first innings at Sharjah as the small boundaries have allowed for big totals, though this should be a more tactical affair on a tricky wicket in Dubai, though that shouldn’t work against the Royals this time round.
What won’t, however, is the return of Ben Stokes to the side, meaning RR have one of the most formidable international batting lineups, with Stokes, Buttler, Smith and Samson all extremely capable of some big scores.
While Stokes managed just five on his return, he’s mitigated by the fact he hasn’t played competitive cricket for weeks and weeks, and should go better here having dusted off the cobwebs.
Royals To Beat The Capitals
Despite the English All-Rounder’s lack of impact, the Royals went on to win a tense match against a dangerous Sunrisers side, and will have more confidence heading into this match than they did the last and if Jofra Archer can keep up his heroics with both bat and ball, this could be a closer contest.
The Royals are understandably longer for this clash having lost the last, though they’ll be desperate to make the play-offs and will like their chances with a fully fit squad, so we can see their superstars pulling off a shock result here.