DC vs SRH: The Capitals have been on an absolute roll this season. They’ve won 9 garnered 18 points but still have to play the qualifier to stay in contention. Cricket is a cruel game, indeed. Delhi have played some of the most exciting cricket this season. Their seasoned campaigners have played their part & the juniors have risen to brighter heights.
STRONG DELHI vs DETERIORATING HYDERABAD
Shikhar Dhawan has piled-up runs & at a pace. 486 runs at 37.38. Ishant Sharma has found his rhythm, especially with the white ball. The lanky pacer has picked 10 wickets and has conceded only 7.65 runs-per-over. Amit Mishra can’t stop picking wickets. The dextrous leggie hasn’t played every game but has created dents in the opponents batting order whenever introduced. However, without Kagiso Rabada, there certainly is a massive void that might cost them dearly. They’ve got the superbly talented Trent Boult in their ranks, who isn’t that bad a back-up but is he as good as Kagiso? Certainly, not at the moment. Delhi have won 7 seven of their last 9 matches & have momentum on their side. Can they topple SRH? Let’s deduce.
SRH had an explosive start to the season but they’ve lost track after the departure of Jonny Bairstow & David Warner. The batting looks pale. The bowlers have no big totals to bowl at & the only batter that looks in fine touch is Manish Pandey. Kane Williamson had a decent hit against RCB but when their bowling needed to launch, they hit a wall. KKR’s defeat against MI was enough to take them through. Do they have the quality to go all the way? There’s no shortage of ability. It’s the execution that will matter most.
Every time Khaleel Ahmed picks up the kookaburra, he manages to pick up priced scalps. He’s played only 8 matches & has managed to dismiss 17 batsmen. His strike-rate, a mind-boggling 11.29. Hyderabad, at the VDCA cricket stadium, have won 3 & lost two. How will this eliminator pan out for them? The numbers & current form shifts the pendulum towards Delhi, but can Kane & Co, pull out a rabbit off the hat?
READY TO WIN?
When: 8th May 2019, Wednesday
Venue: Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Kick-off Time: 7:30 PM IST
Both teams have met 14 times in the Indian Premier League. The Sunrisers have won 9 times while the Delhi Capitals have managed only 5. At the VDCA Cricket Stadium, DC went on to win the solitary fixture.
This year: DC beat SRH by 39 runs at Hyderabad
SRH beat DC by 5 wickets at the Kotla.
The average 1st innings score at the VDCA stadium in T20s & IPL games since 2013 is 146. Both seamers & spinners concede a tad bit over 7 at this venue. Mumbai Indians managed 206 on this turf in 2016 but the wicket does help the tweakers. Win the toss & bowl first on this wicket.
Yusuf Pathan hasn’t contributed much this season & he’s expected to miss out. Deepak Hooda is the likely replacement.
Delhi wouldn’t want to tweak around with their team combination. They’ll field the same XI that took the field against the thumping victory against Rajasthan.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishab Pant(wk), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul/Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan/Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma/Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAMS FOR DC vs SRH
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Match Timings – 19:30 IST
The prediction is for the team, batting first to win the match.
Shikhar Dhawan has hit the most number of 4’s this season. The swash-buckling leftie has hit 58 boundaries in 14 innings, only one more than David Warner’s 57.
Khaleel Ahmed’s strike-rate this season is 11.29. Only Kagiso Rabada has a better wicket-taking rate this year. 11.28, 25 wickets in 12 games.
Rishab Pant has a liking towards Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Rashid Khan. The stern youngster has scored 111 runs off 57 balls against their quality.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Rashid Khan have bowled 156 & 150 dot-balls this season. 3rd & 4th on that list.
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