Team Delhi started as the most promising team of the Indian T20 League 2020 but in the second stage of the tournament, the team has struggled to show it’s best form. As the tournament has progressed, the cracks have started to emerge in the Capitals side. While Shikhar Dhawan has looked pristine at the top of the order, Prithvi Shaw’s form has also been giving them headaches. So much that they had to drop him for their last match but his replacement Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t shown any signs of improvement for the team.
Hyderabad have acquired eight points from 11 games, they have somehow managed to remain in the contention for the playoffs. But their road is not easy, as they need to win all of their remaining three games and hope for certain results to go in their favour. They are coming into SRH vs DC after failing to chase amodest target of 127 against Punjab in their previous game.
The one positive thing for Hyderbad would be their head to head record against Delhi. In 16 matches they have managed to win 10 times which includes the win against Delhi in the previous match between the two earlier in the season.
David Warner vs Shikhar Dhawan
Hyderabad’s middle-order messed up another easy chase to put their play-offs hope in balance. Their middle-order has struggled throughout the competition and they need to find a balance in their side. Barring David Warner’s one match stint at number four, Hyderabad’s middle-order has scored 560 runs at an average of 20.74, 2nd least by a team in the competition. David Warner needs to make sure that he bats till the end of the innings.
Shikhar Dhawan has been Delhi’s dominant batsman in the last four matches. He has scored 270 runs which is more than his runs in the 2009 and 2010 seasons combined in 14 innings. Shikhar Dhawan has contributed to approximately 42% of the team’s runs in the last 4 matches while no other batsman has contributed to even 25%. He should be able to continue his good form in SRH vs DC as well.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Williamson suffered an injury against Kolkata and missed the next two matches against Rajasthan and Punjab. In his absence Hyderbad opted for Holder who has taken five wickets in two matches at an average of 12 which is the best by a Hyderabad bowler. Holder has excelled in the death overs strengthening their performance in a phase where they had struggled taking 3 wickets.
Delhi’s spin duo of Ashwin and Axar Patel have been found wanting in the last 4 matches. Neither Ashwin or Axar have been able to stem the flow of boundaries having conceded 14 and 9 boundaries respectively in the last 4 matches. Axar was remarkable in the opening few matches for Delhi and went through for most of the starting matches without giving away a single six.
SRH: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma
DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
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