Welcome to the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 Qualifier 2 which will pit DC against SRH at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Both the teams have taken rather contrasting paths to reach the top four and now only one of them can keep their chance of winning the title alive.
Delhi Capitals lost to Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1, but having secured the second position on the ladder, they have another opportunity to make amends and qualify for the finale. They have a difficult assignment at their hands as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are coming off a superb win over RCB.
Delhi Capitals got off to a flying start to the tournament and looked to be on course for the most part before stuttering at the end of the league stage. They managed to just grab the second spot on the ladder by winning the last league match against RCB, but then again looked completely out of sorts against Mumbai Indians.
The Capitals have won just one match out of their last six and have a lot of standing questions. Their opening pair hasn't scored runs for ages now as Prithvi Shaw never really seems settled in the middle. While Shikhar Dhawan has scored heaps of runs, he has been a bit too inconsistent in the last few matches. The Capitals will take heart from the way Ajinkya Rahane performed against RCB, but overall the Capitals' top-order needs a major overhaul.
While making too many changes is never really advisable in high-pressure games, we might see Marcus Stoinis being promoted up the order. Prithvi Shaw has been a walking wicket and while he can play the slam, bang, and wallop brand of cricket, his inconsistency is putting too much pressure on his team's middle-order.
With the likes of Pant and Stoinis not firing of-late, the Capitals seem to be a kind of side that depends heavily on its bowlers. Without Shimron Hetmyer, they lack someone who can smash the bowlers right from the word go and, therefore, they are more suited for the middling totals, which is unlike the totals we have seen in Abu Dhabi of late.
Delhi's batting may look out of sorts given their recent performances, their bowling still seems to be pretty lethal. Rabada may have failed in a couple of recent matches, but he is more than capable to turn around the match on its head. Besides, Rabada's performance in the tournament, on the whole, has been top-notch. With Nortje doing well too, Delhi's pace attack looks sorted. Even with Ashwin's availability under the clouds, Delhi seem well equipped with spinners.
Delhi Capitals have a lot of work to do before they get out to challenge Sunrisers Hyderabad. There are apparent issues with their batting lineup and if they can resolve those, Delhi certainly have a bowling attack that can win them matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad found their perfect eleven a bit late, but they'd take in given the form they've been in of late. Exactly opposite to Delhi Capitals, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are coming off four back to back wins and will be brimming with confidence.
Ever since getting their combination right, only in the last match did Sunrisers Hyderabad appear to be a little vulnerable with the bat as Wridhimann Saha had to sit out of the last match. Shreevats Goswami didn't really get a chance to make a mark as he was dismissed pretty early in the innings.
The inclusion of Jason Holder has added much-needed depth to the Sunrisers Hyderbad's batting order that earlier seemed to be wafer-thin after Kane Williamson. With David Warner, Manish Pandey, and Kane Williamson among the top-order, Sunrisers' batting looks settled.
Even though it's their batting that has shown massive improvement of late, it's actually their bowling that has won them matches. Sandeep Sharma has been pretty tight with his lines and lengths in the powerplay overs, making it difficult to hit his swinging deliveries. Plus, with Jason Holder available, the Sunrisers now have someone experienced at the top.
The things that have been working for the Sunrisers is that they have five full-time bowlers available who all can bowl in tight channels. Hitting Rashid Khan has proved to be almost impossible in the tournament thus far and is likely to be the case in the upcoming match as well. With Natarajan bowling yorkers with excellent accuracy at the death and Holder available to hold the other hand, the Sunrisers have a bowling attack that can keep even the best of batting units down to manageable totals. Overall, they have an immaculately balanced team and their recent wins reflect that.
The weather in Abu Dhabi will be slightly cloudy and there is actually 20 percent chances of rain. The maximum temperature will be 32 degrees and the minimum will be 25 degrees. Wind speed will be about 21 kmph. There is no forecast of rain in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi has slowed down a bit with batsmen having to work hard for their runs and has been behaving in bowlers favour in recent weeks. There is enough help on offer for the bowlers with movement off the surface keeping the batsmen on their toes. The pacers have enjoyed extra bounce and swing early on with the spinners ruling the roost in the middle overs. A target of 175+ will be a tough total to chase.
Eight of the last nine matches here at Abu Dhabi have been won by the team batting second. With dew playing a big part in the second half of the match and considering that both sides have done well batting second of late we expect the captain winning the toss to field first
Stats and Facts
Head to head: Matches Played: 17
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 11
Delhi Capitals: 6
Shreyas Iyer needs 67 runs to complete 500 runs in IPL 2020.
Ajinkya Rahane requires 69 runs to complete 4000 IPL runs.
David Warner is 5 sixes away from completing 200 IPL sixes.
Shahbaz Nadeem needs 3 wickets to complete 50 IPL wickets.
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Harshal Patel, Axar Patel, Kagiso
Rabada, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (capt), Shreevats Goswami (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Players to Watch Out For:
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1.80
Delhi Capitals: 2.0
SantaBanta's Winner Prediction: Sunrisers Hyderabad
IPL 2020 Winner Live Odds
Mumbai Indians - 1.727
Sunrisers Hyderabad - 3.75.5
Delhi Capitals - 4.75
Match Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 7.30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports Network
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP