Sunrisers Hyderabad, who achieved the right timings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will have a heavy upper hand when they take on the field against Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier of the tournament on Sunday. The winner of this match will face Mumbai Indians in the final. The last four matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad were in do or die but if the team won all of them, then the Delhi Capitals team, which performed brilliantly in the opening matches, deviated from the rhythm reaching the final stage of the tournament.
The return of the Hyderabad team, which performed poorly in the initial stage, goes to the captain David Warner, who used his players brilliantly. On the other hand, captain Shreyas Iyer’s plans have suffered a setback with the Delhi Capitals’ five defeats in the last six matches having recorded seven wins in the initial nine matches. While the young captain would like to take the team to the finals for the first time in the 13th season of the Iyer tournament, Warner would repeat the success of 2016 once again and make him the champion for the second time. If Warner manages to win the next two matches, then the tournament will be tied with the players with the least experience in the tournament.
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The biggest worry for the Delhi team is their top-order batsmen. Shikhar Dhawan (525 from 15 matches) has done well overall but failed to play big innings in the last few matches. While the weaknesses of young Prithvi Shaw (228 from 13 matches) were exposed against better pace bowling, the experienced Ajinkya Rahane (111 from 7 matches) has so far performed in only one match. Team coach Ricky Ponting is upset about the openers being dismissed without opening an account. It has now happened nine times in the tournament, in which Dhawan four, Sav three and Rahane twice returned to the pavilion without disturbing the scorers.
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Except for the first qualifier match against Mumbai Indians, the bowlers of the team have now done well. Kagiso Rabada (25 wickets), Enrique Nortje (20) and Ravichandran Ashwin (13) have done well in most matches. The Sunrisers batting unit has gained momentum in the last few matches, which was also considered by the team’s all-rounder Jason Holder.
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In bowling, the Sunrisers have in-form bowlers like Sandeep Sharma, Holder, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan and Rashid Khan. Sandeep has done well in Powerplay and Natarajan has done well in the death overs. Rashid has proved to be quite economical in the middle overs. The team’s only weak link is middle-order batting where youngsters like Priyam Garg and Abdul Samad will have to go through the biggest challenge of their careers.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Lamichane, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Mohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Akshar Patel, Tushar Deshpande , Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Chemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Enrique Nortje, Daniel Symes.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Johnny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Riddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B. Sandeep Sharma, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yara, Khalil Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi.
note- The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.