Delhi Capitals will play the second qualifier against a Sunrisers Hyderabad side, whom they have not beaten in IPL2020. If DC managed to overcome SRH challenge then a strong MI side is waiting for them, who gave not been defeated by Delhi team this year. SRH have beaten DC in both outings this year and it’s the batting which have to make difficult for Delhi side.
Delhi side depends a lot in early momentum with bowlers making early inroads but Warner has managed to negate that advantage by scoring 45 & 66 in two outings with opening stands of 77 & 107 which have laid the foundation in both victories.
In first nine matches when DC won seven it was their opening bowlers who would take wickets up front and then spinners and third pacer would cash in. They have lost four in a row and the pattern does show that when their opening bowlers have not been able to breakthrough, Delhi team has failed to claw their way back into the game.
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In the first qualifier against MI, they did manage to fight back in middle overs but threw away in last 6 overs by giving 88 runs which do many boundary balls and not one yorker. Rabada who has been the enforcer for them has gone wicketless in three out of four games and DC have suffered. They have tried six pacers also but all have been ineffective and expensive. Shaw’s form at the top is a huge concern and whether Ponting backs him or pushes Rahane at the top that needs to be seen.
DC might be looking to get Shimron Hetmyer back to playing X1 and also the case of Stoinis being pushed to number three or four. Dhawan who is not having a good record in knockout games would like to come good.SRH on the other side have been flawless in all departments and Warner would hope that team continued with the same intensity and complacency does not creep in. If Saha is fit he will get back in place of Shreevats Goswami.
Williamson in the middle order has been a calming effect and his presence helped them to win eliminator against RCB, when they were in a spot of bother. SRH are on a roll and will fancy their chances. In eliminator game, there was no dew in second innings which will keep both teams guessing on what to do in winning the toss.
It’s a battle between Delhi bowling and SRH batting unit. If momentum is a factor then SRH starts as favourites.