Delhi Capitals (DC) will look forward to continue their swan song when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad on Sunday. On the other hand, SRH will eye for a strong come back after losing their last match to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
However, it will not be easy for SRH as DC will be high on confidence after taming Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in their last encounter.
In SRH’s previous fixture, the batsmen struggled to score on a sluggish Mohali wicket. Now, they will be happy to come back to their citadel at Uppal with an aim to put their campaign on the right track.
The home side’s confidence will be boosted by regular captain Kane Williamson’s return to the team. SRH is currently heavily dependent on the opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner.
DC, who is in the mix for the playoff qualification with eight points in seven matches, will be riding high on success with their thrilling seven wickets win over KKR while chasing a daunting 178.
The major takeaway from DC’s win was Shikhar Dhawan’s convincing 97* and Rishabh Pant’s 46 off 31, which will give head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly the much-needed confidence as the tricky second phase begins.
The game will be a tightly fought contest as the playoff berths are at stake. And both the teams would not like to fall behind in the race.
However, it will not be an easy task for the visitors to play against the Orange Army at their fortress. But, Delhi has the bowling attack that can cause problems for any batting attack on a given day.
The likes of Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris will pose a serious challenge to SRH batsmen who may find it hard to counter. At the same time, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Sandeep Sharma will threaten the batsmen from DC.
Though batting looks pretty strong for DC, they would need to start in the same vein as they did against KKR. If they achieve this feat, they’ll be successful in dominating one of the best bowling attacks in this edition of the IPL.
Meanwhile, SRH has to solve their middle-order problem as Warner and Bairstow are not going to win them matches every day. So, their middle order, which comprises of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, and Vijay Shankar, has to step up and rescue the team from crashing out of contention.
Head to Head: 13
SRH: 9 DC: 4
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (C), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed, and Sandeep Sharma.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Trent Boult, Kagiso Rabada, and Ishant Sharma.
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