The SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will go head to head with Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai for the 47th match of IPL 2020 on Tuesday. Both the teams are coming off losses they suffered on Saturday.
SunRisers were once again exposed, and how humiliatingly, for their frailties in the middle-order by Kings XI Punjab bowlers. SRH slumped from 56/0 to 100/3 to 114 all out and lost the game by 12 runs. Sitting at the 7th spot, it is a must-win game for SunRisers Hyderabad. Expect some changes in their lineup.
IPL 2020, Match 47: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals- SRH Predicted XI
David Warner is SRH’s leading run-scorer this season. However, the southpaw is batting with a strike rate of 127 in order to keep his wicket, as he realizes that his side has a fragile middle-order, especially if Kane Williamson is injured. Warner has a couple of fifties to his name, but he still hasn’t been at his destructive best.
As a captain, Warner has been impressive, unsurprisingly, with his bowling changes and in the batting line-up, he has done the best with what options he has at his disposal. Unfortunately, Warner doesn’t have proper assurance in the middle-order.
Jonny Bairstow is just behind Warner in terms of runs this season. Bairstow has three fifties and has been giving quick starts to Sunrisers Hyderabad. He forms a lethal opening combo with Warner. However, Bairstow has had his problems against incoming deliveries, which he needs to rectify soon.
Manish Pandey played an unhurried knock of 15 runs from 29 balls against Punjab and perished away while trying to up the ante. While Pandey has the responsibility of carrying the middle order and staying till the end, there is no excuse for that kind of inning. He must look to accelerate in the middle phase, as he did versus Rajasthan, and play his natural game instead of going into a shell.
The batting for SRH falls off the cliff at this point, and there are reasons for panic looking at their middle-order. Vijay Shankar, an India international player, has performed below expectations. He has a total of 97 runs in 6 matches at a strike rate of 101- which should surely be high in T20 cricket. After the fall of Pandey’s wicket, Shankar too got out for a 27-ball-26 leaving SRH in a hole, and that’s when the lower-order exploded. He though chips in with some overs with the ball, but SRH would want his batting to fire.
Jason Holder has come into the side in place of the injured Kane Williamson. He has been effective with the ball in different phases of the game picking 5 wickets in 2 matches. But SRH would be hoping for Holder to deliver with the bat as well. He scored 5 off 8 balls against Punjab and was dismissed by Chris Jordan in the 19th over trying to hit for a maximum. No confirmation on Williamson yet, therefore Holder is likely to keep his spot.
Abdul Samad is known for his power-hitting as he displayed against Mumbai and Kolkata. He has a strike rate of 159 this season. The youngster was sent ahead of Shankar and Holder in the last game but couldn’t make much of the opportunity. He can bowl some leg-breaks as well.
Abhishek Sharma is expected to replace Priyam Garg. Garg impressed everyone with his fifty earlier in the tournament but has had a string of low scores since then. Also, Garg hasn’t found a proper batting position in the eleven. Abhishek Sharma has the ability to clear the ball and can bat at number seven. His left-arm off-spin will be an advantage against Delhi’s right-handed batters.
Rashid Khan has once again been terrific with the ball. He is SRH’s leading wicket-taker this season. The leg-spinner has scalped 14 wickets at an economy of 5.29. He is also a pinch-hitter and can be promoted up the order anytime.
Sandeep Sharma took his 100th wicket in the IPL in the game versus Punjab. He has been a great ambassador of new ball bowling throughout his career. This season the right-arm pacer has six wickets at an economy of 7.56.
T Natarajan SRH’s best pace bowler this season. He has picked 11 wickets at an economy of 8.49- which is commendable considering he bowls at least two overs in the death. The left-hander has bowled most yorkers this tournament and has been magnificent in the death overs, not allowing the batsman to get under the ball.
Khaleel Ahmed has picked eight wickets in seven matches and has been slightly expensive. He also showed poor attitude in defending the hat-trick ball of Arshdeep Singh instead of going for a boundary and was found running lazily as he got run out. Sunrisers Hyderabad has options like Siddarth Kaul and Basil Thampi on the bench. Prithvi Raj Yarra could also be handed his maiden SRH cap.