After having suffered back-t0-back defeats, the Capitals will be hoping to shrug off the blip and seal the playoffs spot with a win against SRH.
Here’s DC probable XI against SRH-
After having registered four 50+ scores- including two hundred- in the last four outings, the law of averages finally caught up with Shikhar Dhawan in the last match when he was dismissed for a run-a-ball six.
Dhawan and the DC team-management will hope that he once again gets back to run-scoring ways against SRH.
Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t been able to make the most of the opportunities that he has got thus far.
Rahane has managed just 25 runs in his four outings thus far at an average of 6.25 and at a strike-rate of 71.83. It will be interesting to see if DC persists with Rahane or do they bring back another out-of-form opener in Prithvi Shaw.
Shreyas Iyer (C)
Shreyas Iyer scored a 37-ball 48 in the last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders but the lack of support from the other end meant that he had to go for his shots, which eventually led to his downfall.
Rishabh Pant (WK)
Rishabh Pant struggled for timing throughout his innings in the last game.
The Delhi southpaw managed a painstaking 33-ball 27 before getting holed out in the deep against Varun Chakravarthy. If DC has to return to winning ways, they will need Pant to step-up with the bat and spearhead the middle-over.
After having played some crucial knocks during the 1st half of the tournament, Marcus Stoinis form has tapered in the past few games. His last five score read- 6, 9, 24, 18, 13 (most recent first).
Stoinis is a crucial part of the Delhi Capitals lower-middle-order and the Capitals will hope that the Australian all-rounder gets back to run-scoring ways as we approach the business end of the tournament.
Just like Marcus Stoinis, Delhi Capitals need Shimron Hetmyer to fire in the middle-over, something that hasn’t always been the case this season.
Hetmyer has registered scores of 10 and 10 in his last two outings and he will be hoping to shrug off the indifferent run with a game-changing knock against SRH.
Axar Patel has been brilliant with both bat and ball this season. While he has chipped in with some crucial cameos with the bat, he has been very tight with the ball and has often provided crucial scalps in the middle-order.
Axar did not have a particularly good outing in the last game as he bowled just one over in which he gave away seven runs before getting dismissed for a 7-ball nine by Varun Chakravarthy.
Ravichandran Ashwin endured a rare bad outing in the last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders after Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana took the attack to him, smoking him for 45 runs in three overs.
Ashwin has been brilliant throughout the Dream11 IPL and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back after a rather tuff day in the office against KKR.
Tushar Deshpande has endured back-to-back tough games against KXIP and KKR. While it was Chris Gayle who took him to the cleaners in the game against Punjab [0-41 in 2 overs], he came in for hammering at the hands of Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana in the last match, finishing with figures of 0-40 in 4 overs.
It will be interesting to see whether DC persists with Deshpande or do they go back to Harshal Patel, who did decently well earlier in the season.
Kagiso Rabada was once again amongst the wickets in the last game. Rabada dismissed Dinesh Karthik in his first spell before he returned to dislodge a dangerous-looking Sunil Narine. The South African bolter finished with figures of 2-33 in 4 overs.
Anrich Nortje was once again at his fearsome best in the last game. The tearaway fast bowler got DC off to a great start after he knocked over Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi in his first spell.
Nortje finished with figures of 2-27 in 4 overs, something he’ll be looking to better against SRH.