After yesterday’s familiar choke from Punjab Kings against Rajasthan Royals where Kartik Tyagi defended 4 runs in the last over of the game and delivered a thumping victory by 2 runs to the Royals, today it will be Delhi Capitals (DC) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). If we look at the points table, the two teams are on the opposite end of the table, where Delhi Capitals are at no. 2 position and Sunrisers Hyderabad are at the bottom.
Last year’s finalist DC looked in firm control in phase 1 as they managed to win 6 out of 8 games they played. On the other hand, for Sunrisers Hyderabad things didn’t go according to their plans as they just won a single game out of 7 they played in the 1st half. Due to poor performance, their star performer over the years and their captain (at start of the season) David Warner sat on the bench. After which the captaincy was handed over to Kane Williamson.
So the things are very different for both the teams but in the Indian Premier League scenarios change around dramatically. SRH fans would expect their team to bounce back in the second phase of the season.
Delhi Capitals have confirmed that Rishabh Pant will continue his captaincy stint as they want to give their regular captain Shreyas Iyer some time as he is coming back in the team from 3-4 months gap due to his shoulder injury. In Sunrisers’ camp, after the unavailability of Jonny Bairstow, David Warner will return on the side but only as an opener.
In the first half of the season both teams faced off against each other in match number 20 at Chennai. The game turned out to be an absolute thriller on the turning track of Chepauk. While Delhi opted to bat after winning the toss and scored 159 runs in their 20 overs quota, Williamson and Bairstow scored 66 and 38 runs respectively. As they were looking in control, the sudden collapse of middle order opened the door for Delhi as the rest of the SRH batters found it difficult to score double digit scores. Requiring 16 runs in the last over Williamson and J Suchit managed to score 15 and tied the game. For DC, Axar Patel just went for 7 runs setting target for their batsmen of only 8 runs in the super over. Delhi edged past that hurdle easily in the end and added 2 points to their tally.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Steven Smith, Sam Billings, Lukman Meriwala, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Praveen Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Sherfane Rutherford.
Head to Head
|Delhi Capitals||Teams||Sunrisers Hyderabad|
Delhi Capitals’ Likely XI:-
- Prithvi Shaw
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Shreyas Iyer
- Rishabh Pant (c & wk)
- Marcus Stoinis
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Axar Patel
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Anrich Nortje
- Kagiso Rabada
- Avesh Khan
Before the start of the second phase of the league Delhi’s fast bowler Chris Woakes pulled himself out of the tournament which means Anrich Nortje will get a long run. Apart from that, there will be a toss up between Axar Patel and Amit Mishra but Axar will have an edge because of his batting abilities. It will be very difficult to sit out a world class player like Steve Smith but because of his strike rate in recent times, Shimron Hetmyer will be in the eleven.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Likely XI:-
- David Warner
- Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
- Kane Williamson (c)
- Manish Pandey
- Kedar Jadhav
- Jason Holder
- Abdul Samad
- Rashid Khan
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Sandeep sharma
- Khaleel Ahmed
Jonny Bairstow’s will surely impact Sunrisers hopes in the tournament as he was their leading run-scorer in the first half. It could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for them as Warner will get a chance to play all the matches. Williamson will lead the side even if Warner is in the eleven.
So another day and another fascinating battle awaits at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Delhi Capitals will look to cement their position on the top of the points table. Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to keep their hopes alive in the tournament as every match from here on will be do or die for them.