It’s getting to that stage in the tournament where some teams are starting to break away from the pack, Hyderabad are one of them. Sure, they’ve only played three games in a lengthy fixture, but everything’s pointing to the Sunrisers elevating all the way to the top in the not too distant future. Mumbai now find themselves one game off the bottom of the standings, signifying the importance of this match against an ardent-Hyderabad outfit.
It was one of the all-time biggest chokes in the IPL’s 12-year history, something the Delhi Capitals will look back on and shake their heads in disbelief. After a batting collapse as shambolic as that, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer will be reluctant to bowl first this time around. To think that the Capitals were cruising along at 144/3 chasing 167 and managed to lose the game is gut-churning, after Rishabh Pant was dismissed Delhi turned into a completely different side who possessed no confidence. Four of Delhi’s batsmen all got starts, failure to convert them into a sizeable contribution proved extremely costly in the end. Prithvi Shaw’s 99 against the Knight Riders was right up there with the best innings of the tournament, but if you break his campaign down so far he’s failed on three separate occasions which gives opposition teams an early look-in. The Capitals have one of the premier T20 batsmen in the world, yet they can’t seem to squeeze in Colin Munro which gives you an indication of just how strong their batting line-up is.
It would have to be the first time this season that their batting let them down, Delhi’s bowlers on the other hand were very good. The skipper suggested that they didn’t actually bowl as well as suggested, I don’t know about that but overseas specialists Sandeep Lamichhane and Chris Morris did exactly what was required of them with the ball. Taking five wickets between them, Morris (3/30) and Lamichhane (2/27) proved to be vital assets for the Capitals in this game along with Kagiso Rabada who also picked up two wickets, his last over however was costly. Avesh Kumar was expensive with the ball which could see Ishant Sharma return to the side as that third seamer, Leggy Amit Mishra is also in the mix.
Breaking their all-time record for the highest batting partnership in the IPL in their last outing, The Sunrisers Hyderabad are absolutely flying at the moment! Currently leading the race for the orange cap award, the in-form David Warner is producing some scintillating batting performances at the top of the order. The aggressive Australian opener is averaging a mammoth 127 in IPL 12 and is striking at over 175 with the blade, his lowest score of the tournament is 69! An unbeaten century against RCB was well-deserved, the fact that his partner in crime Jonny Bairstow outdid him with 114 striking at a mega-203.57 left Kohli’s Royal Challengers gobsmacked. All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been solid at No. 3 for Hyderabad with scores of 40* and 35 in his first two games, the rest of the order hasn’t really been tested given the top three’s early dominance in IPL 12. Skipper Kane Williamson looks to have re-injured his shoulder, hence his absence in Hyderabad’s last game which could see him miss tomorrow night’s clash as well.
In a match where the Sunrisers were so dominant, it was surprising to see both Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar go wicketless. Despite his obvious talent with the ball, Bhuvi is becoming a bit of a concern for Hyderabad. After three matches, the right-armer remains wicketless for the tournament with an economy of 10.63 which doesn’t exactly help his cause. Sandeep Sharma who was another on the chopping block picked up three wickets against RCB which should see him hold his spot. It was his first appearance in the 2019 IPL, and Afghani all-rounder Mohammad Nabi tore RCB to shreds with his slow off-breaks claiming 4/11 including the big wicket of AB de Villiers. It’s hard to see him getting dropped from the side after a performance like that! With the big-hitting Yusuf Pathan yet to make his mark in this Sunrisers side and Bhuvneshwar underperforming significantly, this team still has a lot of growth left in them.
Top 4 fantasy picks – Delhi Capitals
- Shreyas Iyer
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Rishabh Pant
Wildcard pick – Chris Morris
Top 4 fantasy picks – Sunrisers Hyderabad
- David Warner
- Vijay Shankar
- Rashid Khan
- Mohammad Nabi
Wildcard pick – Yusuf Pathan
Delhi Capitals (possible) – 1. Prithvi Shaw 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Shreyas Iyer © 4. Rishabh Pant (wk) 5. Colin Ingram 6. Chris Morris 7. Hanuma Vihari/Rahul Tewatia 8. Harshal Patel/Amit Mishra 9. Kagiso Rabada/Trent Boult 10. Avesh Khan/Ishant Sharma 11. Sandeep Lamichhane.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (possible) – 1. Jonny Bairstow (wk) 2. David Warner 3. Vijay Shankar 4. Manish Pandey 5. Mohammad Nabi 6. Yusuf Pathan 7. Deepak Hooda 8. Rashid Khan 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar © 10. Sandeep Sharma 11. Siddarth Kaul/Khaleel Ahmed.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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