Delhi Capitals, who are one of the best teams in IPL 2020 and put up some brilliant performances, suffered the third loss of the edition. Delhi Capitals went down to SunRisers Hyderabad by 88 runs as the latter entirely outplayed them and across all facets. Following the loss, Ian Bishop and Deep Dasgupta have expressed concerns about the misfiring bowling and batting line-ups.
Delhi Capitals conceded totals of 220 and 194 against SunRisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the last two fixtures respectively. The Capitals, which has a deep batting line-up and plenty of power-hitters could not chase them down, failing timidly in doing so. Nevertheless, the side requires only one victory to reach the knockouts.
Ian Bishop underlined that Delhi Capitals’ batting line-up looks shaky, stating that Marcus Stoinis did well in the first-half of the season; however, is faltering now. The Trinidadian highlighted that Shimron Hetmyer has not made a significant score so far; however, does not look out of form. Bishop feels that it’s high time the batsmen need to get stuck in the crease and produce the goods as the battle for playoffs heats up.
“To be honest, they just look shaky. Too many guys that we expected Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, who was going so well in the first half of the tournament with his batting, Shimron Hetmyer is not kicking on. He does not look out of form but he is not kicking on to get a significant score. You could talk about all the planning you want but guys have to get stuck in. It’s not inconceivable for them to kick themselves up again. But the batting certainly needs to fire,” Bishop mentioned in ESPN Cricinfo’s show titled “Time Out”.
Deep Dasgupta unhappy with Delhi Capitals’ bowling line-up:
Former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta echoed Ian Bishop’s words that the Delhi Capitals’ batting line-up has not fired for a while now. The cricketer-turned-commentator stated that the experimentation of sending Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer at number three and four respectively against SunRisers Hyderabad did not pay off. The 43-year old added that the much-vaunted bowling line-up, which is one of the best in the tournament, going for more than 190 is a much bigger concern. Dasgupta feels that the management need to mull over all their troubles.
“Apart from that opening pair, they went with Stoinis at three, Hetmyer at four. Obviously, they wanted their boundary hitters to come early, set the game up, set the tone for that innings but unfortunately both those batsmen didn’t fire. That’s again another area of concern for them. Delhi Capitals’ batting has not fired in a while now. Apart from again, Shikhar, in the last couple of games, he has not fired.
But before that the four games from him were brilliant. But the likes of Stoinis, Hetmyer, Rishabh, Shreyas, Prithvi before that. The issue is the bowlers are going for plenty. This is one of the best bowling units in the competition along with Mumbai Indians. And them going for more than 190 in two back-to-back games. They really need to sit and mull over this,” Dasgupta said.