In the most important eliminator match of the tournament, Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at ACA-VDCA Stadium in Vizag. The winner of the match will have one more hurdle before finals as they have to face CSK team in qualifier 2 in the same venue. As expected, Rohit Sharma led Mumbai side maintained their dominance over CSK in yesterday’s Qualifier 1 and stormed their way into the finals. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will square off for the third time in a crucial match where one of them will be knocked out from the competition and the other would have to labor their way into the final.
Delhi Capitals – Surprise Package
Delhi Capitals have been exceptional throughout the tournament. Much was expected of Delhi team when it had the likes of Sehwag, Kevin Peterson, Ross Taylor around, but they could never fulfill their huge expectation all these years. Handing over the captaincy to the young Shreyas Iyer from Goutham Gambhir raised a lot of eyebrows but he has removed all doubts by leading from the front. During some instances, Delhi Capitals even topped the tables. With some additional focus, they could have well topped the league. Now, they are into the playoffs after seven long years. Hiring the services of former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and Indian legend Sourav Ganguly has immensely helped them. Delhi Capitals have been a revelation, a complete surprise this tournament. Nobody gave them a chance prior to the start of the season but they have delivered an enviable performance.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithwi Shaw and the skipper himself, Shreyas Iyer were among the runs. The trio has been peaking wonderfully and the team would once again rely on them to provide a blistering start. However, the Delhi side has a cause of worry in the absence of Kagiso Rabada, who is at present the purple cap holder with 25 wickets. Trent Boult who is in place of Rabada has a big shoe to fill. Delhi Capital’s away record should give some confidence. Also, they are into the match after a victory over Rajasthan Royals.
SRH – blowing hot and cold
Sunrisers Hyderabad must consider themselves lucky having qualified for the tournament. With 12 points, they become the first to do so. However, that doesn’t undermine the brilliant work David Warner and Johnny Bairstow did during their stint with the league. However, SRH doesn’t have the services of Bairstow and Warner anymore as they are on to national duties. Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha have a big shoe to fill. Kane Williamson, who has been struggling with the bat, returned to form with a classy half-century against RCB, which should be a good sign for the men in orange. However, SRH has lost 5 of their last 6 matches so they must obviously be low on confidence.
SRH’s biggest strength has been their bowling. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, and the Afghani duo Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi have been impressive throughout the tournament. Vijay Shankar, who has been selected for the WC in England, has serious form issues with a string of low scores. He would be gunning for a big store in this match.
It’s simply SRH’s bowling against Delhi’s batting. SRH’s powerful bowling line up would like to exploit DC’s batting which can become vulnerable after quick wickets. SRH have faced DC twice in this tournament with both the teams winning a match apiece. In the head to head encounter between both the sides, SRH has 9 victories compared to DC’s 5 in the 14 matches they played against each other. The stadium is said to be spinner friendly. So’ it’s unlikely we would have a high scoring game. Whatever be the outcome, we are sure to have a thrilling encounter. When the team struggled all the way to reach up to this place, it is only obvious they would put in a ferocious struggle to go further.
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