Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals IPL betting preview: Avoid backing England duo Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler

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Delhi v Rajasthan betting preview: Avoid backing England duo Stokes and Buttler
Ben Stokes is yet to show his best form in the Indian Premier League (Picture: Getty)

If England invented football, only for the rest of the world to do it better, the same can be said of Twenty20 cricket.

The funky format was the ECBs baby. But they dropped it. And India, perhaps the true mother country of the game because of its unbridled passion for the sport, cosseted it and raised an all-powerful conqueror.

The Delhi Daredevils versus Rajasthan Royals contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday, is a microcosm of that little theory.

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Its two struggling teams with the biggest serving of Englands finest. And theyre all having dodgy tournaments.


For Delhi, Jason Roy and Liam Plunkett might not be asked back. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are struggling to make an impact at Rajasthan. Jofra Archer, set to qualify for England so unaffected, perhaps, by the English malaise, is doing rather well.

Roy, who is struggling with a niggle, may not even play. He has appeared just three times. Plunkett conceded an average of 17 an over in defeat by Chennai Super Kings on Monday.

Rajasthan Royals player Jos Buttler bowled by Sunrisers bowler Rashid Khan during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match in Hyderabad, India, Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has also struggled (Picture: AP)

Buttler and Stokes were supposed to be the powerful axis in the Rajasthan middle-order that would drive them to glory. Theyve failed. They havent got enough runs and they havent got them quickly enough.

Buttler is striking at 126 and Stokes 123. Consistently the Royals have put the pair in a position to launch them to a whooper of a total. Or they have looked to the duo to get them over the line in a tight chase.

For the latter, see their defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad when they criminally lost their wickets at a crucial time in a chase of just 151.

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Stokes, by the way, has one wicket in the tournament at an average of 168. His economy rate is just shy of ten.

It is tempting to reckon that Delhi are the value here because, if Roy is still injured and Plunkett dropped, the English cant hurt them.

Rajasthan, meanwhile, are stuck with Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee. Delhi are best at 10-11 with Ladbrokes and Rajasthan are even money across the board.

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