DC vs SRH
April 04, 8.00PM IST
Feroz Shah Kotla – New Delhi, India
SRH are the in-form team, having won their last two games convincingly. They have been led by their opening batters Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who have been responsible for handing the side aggressive starts at the top. Delhi, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold, and have often found ways of losing the plot after being in a winning position. Though their top-order packs a punch, their lower middle order is inexperienced and can crumble under pressure, as was witnessed in their last two outings.
The track at Kotla generally assists the spinners, which should mean that Rashid Khan can have a field day. Sandeep Lamichhane from DC will lead the bowling attack and Amit Mishra is expected to return to the 11 in place of Avesh Khan.
For SRH, Kane Williamson is a doubtful starter after he aggravated his injury. If he does not play the 16th game of the IPL 2019, the SRH side is likely to go unchanged.
DC Playing 11 (expected)
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan/Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane
SRH Playing 11 (expected)
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
I have picked Bairstow as he opens the batting and has a strong all-round game against the spinners. Pant comes down the order, and might not get enough chances to get a big knock if the top-order settles down.
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Iyer has a good record against Rashid Khan, and the battle between them will be crucial in the outcome of the game. Shikhar Dhawan played for SRH last year, and he must have learned a trick or two to play Rashid Khan. David Warner has led the charge for the side this season and has returned hungrier since his ban, and he would be eager to carry forward his form. Ingram can be the X-factor in the side and can take charge if there is a flurry of early wickets.
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The three all-rounders Nabi, Morris and Vijay Shankar are must-haves. While Shankar has done well since his rise in form with Team India, Morris is experienced and has led Delhi to many wins with either bat or ball. Nabi returned to play last game, replacing Williamson and picked up 4 wickets to show his worth.
The bowling department is led by Rashid Khan, who might not have had the best of tournaments thus far, but is more than capable of turning the game with one spell. Sandeep Sharma has been economical, while Lamichhane will lead DC’s bowling charge with the track expected to help the tweakers.
Captain and Vice-captain: Warner, Dhawan