Former India opener, Kris Srikkanth opined that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) stand as a favourite while going into Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals (DC) scheduled on Sunday. He believes that DC will need individual brilliance from someone to take them to the final.
Delhi Capitals have lost five out of their last six matches. They were embarrassed by Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 by a 57-run margin. Delhi has never, in 12 previous seasons played an IPL final. In Qualifier 2 they will up against an SRH team which is on a four-match winning streak.
Delhi will be hoping for individual brilliance from Dhawan or Ashwin: Kris Srikkanth
Kris Srikkanth in his column for The Times of India has picked Hyderabad as favourites over Delhi as he believes that David Warner’s team has the momentum and rhythm, while DC has lost their mojo. He feels that SRH always has punched above their weight and is on the brink of making into their second final.
The former opener writes that while SRH is more consistent than DC, an individual brilliance from somebody like Shikhar Dhawan or Ravichandran Ashwin can win them the game.
Kris Srikkanth writes in his column for The Times of India, “Hyderabad have booked their rightful place in Qualifier 2. A unit that has consistently punched above their weight find themselves on the cusp of making another final. Form, momentum and rhythm all seem to be in favour of the former champions over Delhi, who seem to have lost their mojo.”
“Individual brilliance can fling any prediction through the window in this format. Delhi will only be hoping for Dhawan to have a fun-filled day and Ashwin to come good with the ball, especially during powerplay.”
The 1983 World Cup winner feels that Kagiso Rabada and ANrich Nortje have been brilliant, but DC lacks wickets with the new ball. Srikkanth opines that Ashwin will be vital with the new ball in the powerplay.
The 60-year-old writes that he would bring back Shimron Hetmyer in the eleven to strengthen the middle-order and replace Daniel Sams with an Indian bowler. Hetmyer’s highest score in his last 4 innings is 16, and Sams has been wicketless in his 3 matches.
“In (Kagiso) Rabada and (Anrich) Nortje, Delhi have two new-ball merchants who have picked wickets, but not necessarily in the first six overs. This is where the contribution of Ashwin is vital.
“If I were to pick Delhi’s XI, I would definitely bring in (Shimron) Hetmyer to boost the middle order. The think-tank has to identify an Indian option for seamer (Daniel) Sams in order to give the side a better chance of upstaging a side that is on a roll,” Kris Srikkanth added.