IPL 2020 Qualifier 2 Preview: DC vs SRH - With new-found gusto, Hyderabad look to seal Final berth against stuttering Delhi
As opposed to Delhi Capitals' five losses in their last six matches, Hyderabad have won four on the bounce.
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Delhi on the decline
Delhi Capitals lost four matches on the trot towards the end of the group stage before beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last round robin match to make it to Qualifier 1. But, the team looked completely out of sorts against a strong Mumbai Indians outfit and suffered a huge defeat.
With five losses in their last six matches, Delhi Capitals are certainly not playing their best cricket and have a lot of questions to answer. The biggest worry for them is their opening combination.
Top order troubles for DC
In their last game, each of their top three Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane scored blobs. While Rahane has played just one good knock which came against Bangalore, Shikhar Dhawan has been either extremely hot or extremely cold. He either gets a half-century, a century or a duck, which is a sign of worry for Delhi.
Prithvi Shaw, too, has made it a habit of getting dismissed for ducks and their top order has made things even more difficult for the middle order. Shreyas Iyer has been waging a lone battle but has not got enough support from Rishabh Pant, who does not seem to be in nick this season.
Will Delhi change XI's template?
Marcus Stoinis can fire on his day. So can Axar Patel. But with Shimron Hetmyer having been dropped from the side, their explosive power has suffered.
Delhi have the option of bringing back Shimron Hetmyer in place of Daniel Sams and then making up with an extra Indian bowler like Harshal Patel or Tushar Deshpande for an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane.
SRH on the incline
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been sensational, winning four matches on the trot, when it has mattered the most.
It was a shame that Wriddhiman Saha turned unfit after playing extremely well in the last few games. The team would desperately want him to return but if he isn't fit enough, Sreevats Goswami is likely to get another game.
Hyderabad looking balanced
Their batting order, with David Warner at the top, Manish Pandey at number three and Kane Williamson at number four is looking settled, particularly with the inclusion of all-rounder Jason Holder.
SRH's bowling has also been doing a great job. They have identified their best five bowlers in Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan and Jason Holder and have stuck to them. Momentum gives Hyderabad a great opportunity of making it to the final.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner(c), Sreevats Goswami/Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
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