SRH is currently on 6th position with 8 points. They need to win all the games to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Still, there is no clarity about Kane Williamson’s injury and it is unclear whether he will play today or not. In his absence, SRH will persist with Jason holder who can provide all-round options. Right from the beginning, they have highly relied on their top order batsmen Johny Bairstow and David Warner. The duo has done well in patches but their ability to provide fireworks during the powerplay is missing which puts so much pressure on their middle-order batsmen. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s injury has left a huge leap in their bowling line-up which also lacks inexperience in bowling at the death overs. Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed and Natarajan are doing well but bowling more lose deliveries and are constantly missing their lengths which prompts opponent batsmen to score freely. Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar are in good nick and Priyam Garg also started contributing with the bat. These are positive signs for SRH who is in a position to win every game that will help them to qualify for play-offs. Jason Holder’s inclusion has injected much-needed experience to their middle order but he needs to play more responsibly and should look to finish the things off instead of throwing his wicket by playing lose shots. It’s high time for SRH to regroup and play better cricket.
Delhi capitals on another hand have grandly started the season and when the tournament progress cracks have been widened which results in back to back losses. Still, Rishabh Pant injury they have played as a unit and everyone in the team are complimenting each other and contributed to the team’s success. But suddenly his injury has forced Ajinkya Rahane to back in playing XI and Shimron Hetmeyer dropped from playing XI to make way for Alex Carey. Lack of back up Indian wicketkeeper has been their problem. Prithvi Shaw’s out of form coupled with Ishant Sharma’s injury has forced Delhi capitals to looks for other options. They are still in the search of finding their fifth bowler. After impressed with first game Tushar Deshpande has managed the mere economy of 12 runs per over with just a wicket. Will they go back to Harshal Patel? Who can also provide Free Cricket Betting Tips option down the order? Will they persist with Ajinkya Rahane? Who came in place of Prithvi Shaw and ended up scoring first-ball duck. Shikhar Dhawan is in sublime form and Shreyas Iyer is getting starts but he couldn’t able to convert them into a big score. Rishabh pant and Shimron Hetmeyer are back in the squad and they need to start contributing with immediate effect which will help their side to secure first two positions in the points table. The best part of DC is they have won 7 games with a healthy run rate. A win from here will seal the play-off spot with ease.
Expected Playing XI:
1 David Warner (capt), 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 Priyam Garg, 6 Abhishek Sharma, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Sandeep Sharma, 10 Khaleel Ahmed, 11 T Natarajan
1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Axar Patel, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Anrich Nortje
What to expect?
Kagiso Rabada has got better of David warner on several occasions. So he might exploit warner in powerplays with his metal pace deliveries.
Sandeep Sharma has dismissed Shreyas Iyer in three occasions and Shreyas has got a lower strike rate of 72 against Sandeep Sharma. So SRH bowler will look to exploit this and will plan to dismiss DC captain as early as possible.
Rashid Khan has bowled well in the last game they have played against each other. With strike bowler missing Rashid khan is expected to repeat the same that will put DC under too much pressure.
With playoff calculations in mind, you can expect a cracking encounter between these two sides with DC emerging as victorious.