Delhi Capitals have made it two wins out of their two games and remain the only unbeaten team other than Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020. After prevailing in the super over against Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals convincingly beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai. It’s fair to say that the franchise has a well-rounded side.
Shreyas Iyer’s men will face SunRisers Hyderabad, a side that is languishing at the bottom of the table due to losses in both the games. Having all of their bases covered, Capitals will likely not carry out any changes in their eleven. Their new-ball bowlers in Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada would be very crucial in bouncing out SunRisers’ under-pressure yet reputed opening pair.
We take a look at Delhi Capitals predicted playing eleven ahead of their IPL 2020 game against SunRisers Hyderabad:
Shikhar Dhawan was significant in Delhi Capitals’ 94-run opening stand against Chennai Super Kings. The southpaw scored 35 off 27 deliveries after finding it challenging to get going initially. It is fair to say that Delhi Capitals are forging one of the strongest opening partnerships in this year’s edition.
Prithvi Shaw was the top run-scorer for the Delhi Capitals against CSK, scoring 64 off only 43 deliveries, laced with nine fours and a six. It is worth noting that Prithvi Shaw edged one off Deepak Chahar’s bowling early; however, CSK could not hear the nick.
However, it was a knock of exuberance from the youngster, who failed in the first game against Kings XI Punjab. He got dismissed in the 13th over off Piyush Chawla’s bowling and Delhi could have reached 200 had Shaw been there for a few more overs.
Shreyas Iyer (c):
Shreyas Iyer came in at the crease at number four against Chennai Super Kings and managed 26 off 22 deliveries, getting the only boundary. If not a typical T20 knock, it was instrumental in Delhi Capitals reaching 175.
However, being the youngest captain in the tournament, Shreyas Iyer deserves plenty of credit of how he has captained the team. The right-handed batsman would look to carry the momentum going against an under-pressure SunRisers.
Rishabh Pant (wk):
Rishabh Pant, who usually bats at number four for the Delhi Capitals, came ahead of skipper Shreyas Iyer against CSK. With Delhi Capitals on the charge, Rishabh Pant was the man the management picked to spearhead it.
The southpaw remained unbeaten at 37 off 25 deliveries, a knock that contained five fours and a six. Pant primarily found it challenging on a slow track to get going; however, his timely innings proved too much for the CSK. The keeper-batsman could still play as a floater batsman.
Marcus Stoinis played a vital role in Delhi Capitals’ victory over Kings XI Punjab by playing a power-packed knock and forcing a super over. Stoinis remained unbeaten at five off three deliveries and did not bowl. The Australian all-rounder will retain his place too and Delhi would need his bowling at some stage.
Delhi Capitals seem to be in a fix of how best to use Shimron Hetmyer. Shimron Hetmyer batted at number three against Kings XI Punjab without registering a substantial score and has moved into the lower-order.
The Guyanese missed a couple of chances against CSK; however, it did not prove costly for them as they coasted to a 44-run victory. It would be interesting to see how the management uses the southpaw in the upcoming games.
Axar Patel is not only a miserly bowler but also more than a handy lower-order batsman. Axar Patel was the most economical bowler against CSK, finishing with figures of 4-0-18-1. The left-arm spinner bagged the wicket of Shane Watson, the fifth time he did so.
He bowled another tidy spell against the Kings XI Punjab, ending with figures of 4-0-14-1. At number seven, the southpaw lends the depth to their batting. Patel’s role would be crucial, considering Dubai producing a slow wicket.
Amit Mishra stepped in for the recovering Ravichandran Ashwin against Chennai Super Kings. Amit Mishra, who is the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL, could not bag a wicket against the yellow army.
However, the veteran leggie leaked only 23 runs in four overs at the cost of just the one boundary. The sole thing that could keep him out is the return of Ashwin if fit. Otherwise, Mishra would most likely keep his place.
Kagiso Rabada is the heart of Delhi Capitals’ bowling line-up and was the pick of the bowlers against CSK. Kagiso Rabada took the wickets of Faf Du Plessis, MS Dhoni, and Ravindra Jadeja to break the back of Chennai’s batting.
Not only does Radaba bowl well with the new ball but he also delivers in the death overs. Shreyas Iyer will do everything to unleash the South African speedster against the opening pair and hoping to get them out cheaply.
After going wicketless against Kings XI Punjab in the first game, Anrich Nortje bounced back with two wickets against CSK. Anrich Nortje not only generates movement with the ball but also considerable pace.
The 26-year old seamer troubled David Warner quite a bit earlier this year in South Africa. Hence, Shreyas Iyer will undoubtedly give the new ball to Nortje to get the opposing skipper. He could be equally dangerous against Jonny Bairstow.
Avesh Khan was the only bowler against CSK that went for more than five per over. Avesh Khan went for 42 runs in four overs without wickets, conceding six boundaries and six. However, it seems unlikely for him to lose his spot after only one game.