Match: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (DC vs SRH)
Date: November 08, 2020
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. DC have lost five of their last six games and will go into the game as the underdogs, while SRH are on a four-match unbeaten streak. Delhi, after a fine start to the season have slumped of late with their batting lacking depth and their bowling devoid of sting. Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw have all been disappointing with the bat and unless they can pull their socks up drastically, it might be the end of the season for them.
SRH, on the other hand, have found ways to win and will be the team to beat on Sunday. David Warner, Jason Holder, Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan add plenty of experience while the uncapped stars like T Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma have stood up brilliantly after as many as three players were ruled out of the tournament. They will hope to continue their form forward and take on Mumbai Indians in the summit clash on November 10.
The weather in Abu Dhabi will be in the mid thirties during the match, and it will be uncomfortable for the players. However, there will be a strong breeze that might bring respite.
The track has worn down of late, with the batters finding it tough to hit their shots. Batting first here requires application, but the second half will get easier to bat on due to the dew.
The teams that will win the toss might opt to chase as dew will make its presence felt in the second half of the game. However, runs on the board in a pressure game might not be the worst solution.
DC Expected XI and Team News
Delhi have slumped in the last few games, but might consider getting in Shimron Hetmyer to bolster their batting in place of Daniel Sams. Prithvi Shaw might miss out, with Harshal Patel getting a look-in.
Marcus Stoinis: The Aussie all-rounder was the only batter who applied himself in the last game against Mumbai Indians, as he scored 65. He has three crucial fifties to his name and will want to play another good hand.
Kagiso Rabada: The South African has been expensive in the last few games, and conceded more than 40 runs in his 4 overs in the last clash. However, he has 25 wickets this season and will want to be a match-winner.
Prithvi Shaw/Shimron Hetmyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande/Daniel Sams
SRH Expected XI and Team News
The team were without the services of Wriddhiman Saha in the last game due to a groin injury. There is no update on his fitness, but if he is fit, he should slot right in, replacing Shreevats Goswami.
David Warner: The SRH skipper has been in excellent form in the last three games, and will want to play another blinder in a do or die game on Sunday.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner is a big match player and will want to continue his excellent form.
David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha/Shreevats Goswami (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Shahbaz Nadeem
Head to head record of DC vs SRH:
The two teams have faced each other in 17 games in the history of the IPL, with SRH winning 11 and Delhi just registering 6 wins.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for DC vs SRH:
WK: If Wriddhiman Saha plays, he is a must-pick. The Bengal wicket-keeper has given SRH blazing starts ever since he started opening the innings, and has been striking at a rate of over 150 in the last three games. If he is unfit, Rishabh Pant should be the selection.
Batsmen: David Warner has led the team from the front in the last few games, and will be eager to play a match-winning knock. Kane Williamson’s calm temperament ensured that SRH got over the line in the last game, while Ajinkya Rahane had scored a 50 two games ago. He also helps in balancing out the credits.
All-rounders: Both Jason Holder and Marcus Stoinis have been the X-factors of their respective sides. They have been contributing with regular wickets, and both players will enter the game on the back of a fine knock with the bat. Axar Patel has been economical with the ball, and will have the tough task of curtailing the runs in the middle overs yet again.
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada has 25 wickets this season and should be backed to come good in an important clash despite a few bad games. Anrich Nortje has been lethal with the new ball, while Rashid Khan has been economical in the middle overs. Ravi Ashwin has been the underrated performer for DC and can bowl in the powerplay overs.
Captain and VC: Jason Holder and David Warner
Match Prediction for DC vs SRH:
SRH will enter the game high on confidence and are the firm favourites to win the clash. DC barely scraped through into the playoffs after a stellar start to the season and were humbled against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1. They have a number of woes, with their batting and their bowling lacking confidence, which should give SRH a further boost.
SRH are the favourites to win.
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