DC vs RR: How Steve Smith fares against Axar Patel
Rajasthan Royals left everyone awe-struck after completing a terrific run-chase from a losing position against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Now, in their upcoming encounter, they will face Delhi Capitals, who are ruling the roost this season. Meanwhile, skipper Steve Smith seems to have faltered after shining in the first two games. Let us analyze his IPL performance against DC's spinner Axar Patel.
Stats that matter
As of now, Smith has aggregated 2,184 runs from 88 matches at an average of 35.80. He also has a ton and 10 fifties to his name. On the other hand, Axar owns 77 wickets in 88 matches, including a best match haul of 4/21. Notably, Smith has managed to score 31 runs off 28 balls by Axar, while Axar has dismissed him twice.
IPL: Smith vs Axar
How Smith fares against Delhi Capitals
Till date, Steve Smith has racked up 173 runs from 10 games at a strike-rate of 155.86 against Delhi Capitals. The tally also includes 5 sixes and 22 fours. Meanwhile, he has amassed these runs at a prolific average of 43.25.
Smith carries a decent strike-rate at every juncture
A number of theories have surfaced regarding Smith's batting position in the ongoing season. He has mostly batted in the top-order so far. Interestingly, Smith has a similar strike-rate in both powerplay (137.78) and middle overs (138.3) against Delhi Capitals. Paradoxically, it surges to 242.11 at the death against them. It will be interesting to see how DC use Axar Patel to tackle Smith.
What to expect?
The Delhi Capitals are going strong in the tournament, having won five out of seven games. They are certainly the favorites for the upcoming clash. Meanwhile, RR too would have drawn confidence from their emphatic win over SRH. Now that Stokes has arrived in the centre, all eyes will be on Smith's batting slot. Besides, Axar will be all set to catch his prey.