Man of the Match: Jonny Bairstow
Delhi capitals up against charging Sunrisers Hyderabad
Our prediction is Sunrisers Hyderabad will win the match!
Delhi Capitals are having a mixed tournament so far with couple of wins and losses in 4 matches. They were on course to win the match requiring just 20 odd runs before choking in chase losing 7 wickets for 8 runs. Prithvi Shaw was dismissed off the first after his excellent 99 against the KKR. Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant and Colin Ingram got starts and scored 30-odd runs but everyone failed to close down the chase.
Their team is on the lookout for a finisher after failing to seal the chase in two back to back matches. Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris are bowling excellently taking wickets at regular intervals. They both bowl together at the top and death overs. Sandeep Lamichchame has been an excellent addition to team giving very few runs. Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel were taken for runs at more than 10 RPO last match. Axar Patel and Amit Mishra may return to their playing XI due to Delhi`s slow pitch.
Sunrisers Hyderabad was on a rampage last match defeating RCB by 118 runs. David Warner and Johnny Bairstow scored centuries at the top of the order to start the demolition. SRH`s top order has been doing the bulk of scoring with Warner, Bairstow and Shankar playing well all the matches. Their skipper Williamson`s availability is subjected to his fitness concerns.
Their bowling has been wayward this year and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar`s form with the ball is a big concern for them. Mohammaed Nabi`s addition strengthens their bowling attack. Rashid Khan has been bowling at his usual best. They have rich source of local Indian talent in pace bowling department and would expect them to come good in this match.
Shreyas Iyer – Shreyas Iyer has been getting the starts in every match but he is yet to make a big impact. He will looking to play a big knock to help his team`s batting.
Sandeep Lamichhame – Sandeep has been excellent in his quota of 4 over’s and batsmen are finding it difficult to score runs against him.
Stats from the season:
Rishab Pant -153 runs, Strike rate – 189, HS – 78, 50s -1
Kagiso Rabada – 7 wickets, Economy – 7.8 RPO, BB – 2/23
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichchame, Harshal Patel, Axar patel
Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Chris Morris, R Tewatia, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel
David Warner – Warner has scored 2 half-centuries and a century in the 3 innings he has played so far. Warner looks like a person who is out there to make a statement to the world after his ban ended.
Mohammed Nabi – Nabi captured four wickets for just 11 runs last match and completed derailed RCB`s chase early in the innings. Nabi has never lost a match in playing XI so far in the IPL which makes him a lucky charm for SRH.
Stats from the season:
Rishab Pant -254 runs, Strike rate – 175, HS – 100*, 50s -2, 100s-1
Sandeep Sharma - 4 wickets, Economy – 8.4 RPO, BB – 3/19
Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), David Warner, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan
Vijay Shankar, YK Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, David Warner
Delhi pitch was on the slower side in the first match played between Dc & CSK. We may expect the pitch to be the same and slower bowlers may enjoy more success in the pitch. Average score will be around 160 runs. The match day promises to be hot and humid which may cause the captains to keep an eye on dew factor.
Teams will look to chase down the total unless they think the pitch might slow down in the second innings. Dew factor may tempt the captains to bowl first in the night matches as bowlers struggle to grip the ball.
SRH has been the best batting unit this season so far and have scored 200 both batting first and chasing. DC seems to struggle without a finisher who can finish the chase. And SRH have a excellent spin bowlers to take advantage of slow pitch. So we expect SRH to win the match.
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