In the first knock-out match of this season’s IPL, Delhi Capitals play Sunrisers Hyderabad and the winner of the game will play Chennai in the Qualifier 2 to book a place in the Finals. While Delhi were one of the three teams who were fighting for the pole position in the table, Hyderabad, on the other hand, were a team who somehow managed to qualify for the eliminators.
With this being a do or die encounter for both teams, it is expected that the players will give their hearts out. Since the match is being played at a neutral venue and considering the match is a knock-out one, none either of the two teams will start as favorites. The one who will prevail will definitely have to play the match better than their opposition.
Delhi Capitals (Probable XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Probable XI): Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (C), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi.
Shreyas Iyer vs Rashid Khan
Arguably the most consistent batsman for Delhi this season, the skipper has amassed 442 runs in 14 games this season with an average of 34.00. He is one of the pillars of the Delhi batting line-up along with Rishabh Pant and is often seen playing the anchor-man role for his team.
He averages 31.32 in 60 matches after having scored 1660 IPL career runs, all at an S/R of 128.08. With 13 fifties to his name, he also has the highest score of 96 that came in the year 2017. With 3 possible games still remaining for Delhi, one can expect Shreyas Iyer to break the shackles to help his team qualify for the Qualifiers.
Rashid Khan has not been successful in picking up wickets this season, but he has certainly been successful in restricting runs. And this quality of his aids SRH as Rashid Khan is not only a genuine wicket-taking bowler but also an economical bowler who will keep a check on opposition’s run flow. With 53 wickets in 45 matches and an impressive economy rate of 6.64, the Afghan bowler has an S/R of 20.20.
Ishant Sharma vs Manish Pandey
After the departure of Delhi’s South African bowling spearheads, Ishant Sharma has stepped in for the capitals and have bowled magnificently for them. His brilliant bowling performances have helped him get into the World Cup reserves. In the 11 matches that he has played this season, Ishant has chipped in with 10 wickets with an economy rate of 7.65 and with the best bowling figure of 3/38. He has picked up at least one wicket in every 22.80 balls, and this is what makes him the bowling spearheads for the Capitals in today’s match.
After David Warner and Jonny Bairstow’s departure, it is Manish Pandey who has to score the bulk of the runs for SRH. He has been in a formidable form in the recent past with already scoring 3 fifties with an S/R of 138.32. In the 11 matches that he has played this season, he has scored 314 runs with an average of 44.85. Overall, he has scored 2813 runs in IPL with an average of 29.30 and an S/R of 121.40. He has also scored 1 century and 15 fifties with his highest score of 114* coming while playing for RCB in the 2009 edition.
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Since the match is being played at a neutral venue and considering the match is a knock-out one, none either of the two teams will start as favorites. The one who will prevail will definitely have to play the match better than their opposition. However, what Team CricWizz can predict is the fact that the team batting second will definitely have an advantage over the other as dew is also expected to play its role in the match.
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