DC vs SRH: It is DC vs SRH. One that has been performing well until the pressure hits them in key situations, while the other has recorded 2 wins out of the total 3 matches played.
The Delhi Capitals (DC) have shown a trend of choking in pressure situations this season. Out of the 4 games, they have registered 2 wins and 2 losses, both of which they could have won easily. DC will be hosting SRH at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi, for the 16th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The sun is shining bright on the Sun Risers Hyderabad team. The team seems balanced with both the batsman and the bowlers coming to deliver when it is expected out of them. The openers have been a great boon to the team, who are taking off major pressure from the middle order. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have registered hundred-plus opening partnership in all of their 3 innings (118, 110 and 185). The middle order is yet to be tested & that be an area of concern for the Hyderabadi legion.
The one time they were put to test, they failed and collapsed miserably. This was during their encounter against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). The complacency among the middle order can prove dangerous to team SRH and the middle order batsmen should be prepared in case the openers fail.
Talking about collapses, DC had registered one of the worst collapses in this format of the game, losing their last seven wickets for just eight runs against their match with Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. A nightmare that may be difficult for the team to put behind themselves. However, the team will need to grow out of it and concentrate on their upcoming games. This year Delhi Capitals team had everyone raving about. This is Delhi’s best line-up ever. However, the team will need to put up better fight in tricky situations, not letting the opposition take advantage of them in such situations, which is what we saw happen in the two matches that they lost.
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SRH lead this one-on-one battle by 8-4. At the Feroz Shah Kotla, the SunRisers have beaten the home team 3 times in 4 meetings. The last time these two teams met at the Kotla, SRH scampered through a healthy 187 by 9 wickets & with 7 balls to spare. Shikhar Dhawan & Kane Williamson added 177* for the 2nd wicket.
PITCH & CONDITIONS
The Kotla pitch has been a paradise for batsmen. The pitch had witnessed high scoring games with dramatic nail-biting climaxes. We can expect nothing less tomorrow as well. With both teams having a strong batting line up, this game might go on to register the highest runs on the Kotla ground, this season. The spinners will enjoy the pitch more than the pacers. One could expect temperatures going north of high-30s through the day, as the sun is going to be out completely. In the evening, the dew might come into play, with temperatures dropping mildly.
The pitch isn’t expected to change for the whole of 40 overs. Teams batting first here have won 32 games while the teams chasing have won 35 out of a total 69.
The highest score at this venue: 231/4 by DC vs KXIP
Given that the Kotla pitch will assist the spinners, it may be a viable call for Delhi Capitals to bring in the spinners. Axar Patel, Amit Mishra along with Sandeep Lamichhane could launch a heavy spin attack on the opposition early on, making it difficult for the SRH batsmen to stay longer at the crease. Hanuma Vihari and Harshal Patel could not capitalise the opportunities thrown their way and had demonstrated sloppy skills. The duo could be replaced with spinners, to make DC a stronger team in the bowling department.
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan.
The openers have been on top of the game and the middle order seems promising too. Team’s regular skipper Kane Williamson could be fit to play the game against DC, but it is advised for him to sit this one out. Mohammad Nabi, who was the star, in the match against RCB, with the 4 wicket haul, is most likely to lead Hyderabad’s bowling attack. His strong attack against left-handed batsmen might come handy for SRH, given DC flaunt four left-hander batsmen in their top five.
Probable XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
Shikhar Dhawan – Delhi Capitals | Vijay Shankar – Sunrisers Hyderabad
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the match.
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