Man of the Match: Rishabh Pant
In-form Delhi Capitals to lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad in Eliminator
Our Prediction is Delhi Capitals to win the match!
Resurgent Delhi Capitals will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator game of Indian Premier League in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
The momentum will certainly on Delhi’s side as they finished with 18 points from 14 matches in the round-robin stage. Captain Shreyas Iyer will be hoping that the side can maintain their consistency with bat and ball in this knockout game.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered back-to-back defeats in their last games played in the competition. Captain Kane Williamson will be hoping that side can bring their A-game to the table in this game.
The side will be looking to put in clinical performance with bat and ball in this knockout game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shreyas Iyer-led unit will have to make changes to their playing XI as strike bowler Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the competition due to a back problem. The pace bowler has been instrumental in helping Delhi qualify for the playoffs after a period of six years. It will be interesting to see whether the team management includes Trent Boult or another spinner for this game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant to do the bulk of the scoring. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan will be keen to deliver a big score in this game. The left-hander has not done much with the bat in the last couple of matches. Delhi will be hoping that he can deliver something special in this must-win game. Dhawan has topped the batting charts for Delhi Capitals in this year’s competition with 486 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37.38.
Besides Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant have delivered match-winning performances for the side in this year’s tournament. Pant looked in fluent touch with the bat in the previous game played against Rajasthan Royals. He will be looking to produce a quick-fire cameo for the side in this game.
Colin Ingram has struggled to produce runs so far in this year’s competition and has managed to score 184 runs in 12 innings at an average of 18.40. Left-handed batsman will be looking to make an impression with the bat in this knockout game. The likes of Kemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, and Axar Patel will need to contribute with runs for the side in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the new-ball pair of Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma to provide crucial breakthroughs. Boult delivered a special performance with the ball in the previous game and picked two wickets against Rajasthan Royals.
The spin duo of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra has also done a decent job for the side in this year’s competition. Kemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford are other bowling options for the side for this game.
Shreyas Iyer (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Kemo Paul, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra.
Shreyas Iyer, Colin Munro, Keemo Paul, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Sherfane Rutherford, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel
The franchise has struggled to produce results in the last couple of matches played in the competition. Kane Williamson-led unit has managed to hit a speed bump and could eke out only one victory from their final five round-robin games. The side will be looking to end their two-match losing streak in this game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, and Manish Pandey to do the bulk of the scoring. Guptill will be looking to get produce something special with the bat.
Manish Pandey has also shown splendid form for the franchise in the last couple of games played in the competition. He currently has scored 314 runs in 11 matches at an average of 44.85 with three half-centuries to his name. Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping that Pandey can deliver a notable score in this game.
Captain Kane Williamson found a form with the bat in the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore and scored 70 off 43 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes. Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping that Williamson can deliver something special against Delhi Capitals. Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, and Yusuf Pathan will need to contribute for the side in this game.
In the bowling department, the fortunes of the side will revolve around the form and performance of Khaleel Ahmed and Rashid Khan. Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammad Nabi have also done a decent job for Sunrisers so far this season.
Kane Williamson (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi/Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan,
Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KS Williamson, Martin Guptill, Rashid Khan, WP Saha, Basil Thampi
The venue will host its first game of the Indian Premier League. The wicket will certainly be good for batting. Spinners might get something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is going to be cloudy skies.
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam is one of the prominent cricket venues in India. The average score for the venue is around 120 to 130 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad will take heart from the fact that they have won their last three games played at Visakhapatnam.
The side that wins the toss would like to bowl first and restrict the opposition to lowest score. The quick bowlers might get some lateral movement from the surface in the initial Powerplay overs. Batting second might be the way to go at this venue.
Delhi Capitals will certainly fancy their chance of doing well against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The side has a superior batting lineup in comparison with Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the absence of Kagiso Rabada, the bowling attack will need to raise their game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad has struggled to produce consistency with bat and ball in this year’s competition. In the absence of players like David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, Sunrisers will face an uphill task in this contest.
Expect Delhi Capitals to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by a comfortable margin.
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