IPL 2020 Match 47 Preview: SRH vs DC - Delhi aim to seal playoff berth against brittle Hyderabad
Delhi Capitals are still among the top three sides in IPL 2020 but the way they have suffered back to back defeats in their last two games, it is cause for some worry.
Delhi should stick to best XI
Delhi Capitals have been trying to give opportunities to a few of their players in the last couple of matches. They brought in Daniel Sams in place of Anrich Nortje in the second last match against Punjab and then experimented with Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order in place of Prithvi Shaw in their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders. The team suffered big defeats in both games
Delhi will be better off to first get to 16 points and ensure a playoff berth and should experiment only after that. Ajinkya Rahane got a game at the top of the order and was dismissed for a duck. It makes sense to give him one more opportunity. However, given the competitive nature of the IPL, the Delhi management can also decide to bring back Prithvi Shaw.
Dhawan in form, others need to step up
Shikhar Dhawan's form is a great sign for Delhi Capitals as he became the first batsman to score back to back centuries in IPL history. However, the form of the rest of the batting line-up is not that encouraging and the likes of Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis will have to step up.
The manner in which the Delhi batting has gone about their business is also cause for some worry as they have not been able to maintain a a quick enough tempo throughout the innings which can trouble them at the business end. Their bowling though with Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is more or less sorted.
Hyderabad throw away easy win
Hyderabad would be cursing themselves to have fallen behind in the race for the fourth spot after losing their last match against Kings XI Punjab by 12 runs, a match which they should have pocketed easily.
The Hyderabad bowlers did a great job of restricting Punjab to just 126 from 20 overs. Sandeep Sharma, Jason Holder and Rashid Khan picked up two wickets each.
SRH's big collapse
The team then got off to a decent start with David Warner and Manish Pandey taking them past the 50-run mark. The side was cruising at 100/3 after 16 overs and needed just 27 runs from 24 balls with 7 wickets in hand. However, they lost their remaining wickets for just 14 runs and were shockingly bowled out for 114 to lose the game by 12 runs.
Hyderabad are not expected to make any changes to their playing XI unless they want an extra spin option in which case Shahbaz Nadeem will make the cut in place of Khaleel Ahmed.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane/Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(wk), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmad/Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
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