IPL 2020 Match 11 Preview: DC vs SRH - Delhi favourites as Hyderabad struggle to get combination right
Sunrisers Hyderabad are in real trouble in the competition. If injuries to Mitchell Marsh and Kane Williamson were not enough, all-rounder Vijay Shankar suffered a back injury during practice while Manish Pandey also seems to have done some damage.
SRH not getting combination right
Hyderabad decided to bring in Wriddhiman Saha in their playing XI in place of the injured Shankar while Mohammad Nabi took the place of Mitchell Marsh, who has been ruled out of the entire competition. Khaleel Ahmed was drafted into the playing XI in place of Sandeep Sharma.
However, all the three moves did not bear fruit. Although Wriddhiman Saha scored 30 runs, he did it at less than run a ball and sucked away any moment out of the Hyderabad innings.
Mohammad Nabi could not do much damage with the bat and looked ineffective with the ball despite bowling with a good economy. Khaleel Ahmed failed to have any impact either.
Other options for Hyderabad
Hyderabad have the option of the likes of Siddharth Kaul, Jason Holder, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Basil Thampi and Abdul Samad if they want to try to break the trend, otherwise the manner in which Hyderabad are going, they appear to be reaching nowhere in this competition.
That is of course if their two big guns at the top David Warner and Jonny Bairstow don't fire. Manish Pandey, batting at number 3, has done a fine job for Hyderabad in both the last two matches and finished with a 38-ball ball 51 in the last game.
Delhi in good rhythm
It was smooth sailing for Delhi Capitals in their last match against Chennai Super Kings. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, who threw their wickets away in their opening fixture, batted brilliantly against Chennai.
The team started off a bit cautiously and added just 36 runs from their Powerplay but as both the openers got their eye in, the run rate accelerated very quickly. While Dhawan was trapped in front of the wickets off Piyush Chawla on 35 off 27 deliveries in a bid to up the ante, Prithvi Shaw made 64 off 43 deliveries. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer were reliable in the middle order as always.
Rabada leads the way for DC
Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje did not allow the opposition batsmen to get going ever in the chase. Axar Patel was also brilliant, settling on his line and length against CSK's right handers. Amit Mishra, coming in the side in place of Ravi Ashwin, did a fine job with an economy rate of under 6.
Delhi is expected to give Ravichandran Ashwin one more game to recover fully from his shoulder injury before he returns.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Delhi Capitals (DC) - Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) - David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
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