The Capitals are on a two-match losing streak and need to get back to winning ways.
Delhi Capitals (DC) have been one of the most fascinating teams in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Having won seven matches, they are sitting pretty on the second spot in the points table. However, Shreyas Iyer and Co have had a mini stutter in recent times, losing two matches in succession.
In their last game, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat them by 59 runs. With four matches left, the Capitals will next be up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday, October 27 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
DC need to be careful as another defeat could threaten their grip in the top two positions. The Capitals may look to bring some changes into their eleven after KKR thumped them at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Delhi Capitals for SRH vs DC game:
Openers (Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane)
The Capitals have faced a bit of difficulty in their opening combo. Even as Shikhar Dhawan has been of top-notch, his partners haven’t been able to exude the same class and confidence. Prithvi Shaw got a string of low scores after which he was left out.
Ajinkya Rahane has been disappointing as well. In four games, Rahane only has 25 runs and he has failed both as an opener and in the middle order. In the last game, he also bagged a duck.
Dhawan, on the other hand, has been pretty decent. The experienced left-hander has 471 runs at an average and strike-rate of 58.87 and 148.11 respectively.
Middle-order (Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer)
In the middle-order, Shreyas Iyer has been the standout performer. The DC captain has 382 runs at an average and strike-rate of 38.20 and 130.37 respectively. He only has two fifties and he would want to be a bit more consistent.
A lot will depend on how the right-hander performs on the day. Rishabh Pant has looked completely out of sorts. The hamstring injury in the middle of the tournament hasn’t helped his cause either.
He has 217 runs at a mere strike-rate of 117.29. West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer has mostly batted lower down the order and has 111 runs at a decent strike-rate of 154.
All-rounders (Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel)
In the all-rounder’s category, Australia’s Marcus Stoinis has been on top of his game. In 11 matches, the Melbourne Stars cricketer has 232 runs at a strike-rate of 154.16.
The right-handed batter has been able to inject momentum into the Capitals’ innings in the death overs with a wide array of strokes. He has eight wickets, though at an expensive economy rate of 10.16.
Axar Patel has only eight wickets in 10 games, but he has been tough to get away with an economy rate of 5.78- the best among the DC bowlers. Patel has also shown that he can clear the boundaries without trouble.
Bowlers (Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande, Anrich Nortje)
It goes without saying that the Capitals will again be pinning hopes on Kagiso Rabada in the pace department. The South Africa speedster has 23 wickets at an economy rate of 7.64.
Anrich Nortje, his national teammate, hasn’t flattered to deceive either, picking up 14 wickets at a rate of 7.64. Tushar Deshpande was very impressive in his maiden IPL game against the Rajasthan Royals (RR).
But then he has fallen apart a wee bit. If he doesn’t play, Harshal Patel might come in. Ravi Ashwin was taken for quite a few by the KKR batsmen and he will be looking to improve on his numbers.