The 16th match of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will see the Delhi Capitals lock horns with the third-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad

The visiting team at Feroz Shah Kotla are likely to have their captain Kane Williamson, who was out due to a recurring shoulder injury, back in the playing XI. The Sunrisers have a 3-1 win/loss record over the Delhi Capitals at this venue. 

The Hyderabad-based franchise who are yet to lose a wicket in the PowerPlay overs in IPL 2019 season will find it difficult to maintain the record on this pitch tonight when they face the Delhi team. The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla won’t be anything like in Hyderabad. While the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium witnessed consecutive 200-plus totals this season, the Delhi track will be relatively slow with variable bounce, giving the batsmen a hard time during the first few overs, especially with the new ball. 

How the star openers of the SRH team- England’s Jonny Bairstow and the Aussie David Warner- perform in these conditions will be interesting to watch. Much like the issues, the Chennai Super Kings faced on Wednesday, playing against the Mumbai Indians wherein the previously unbeaten Dhoni’s team faced defeat after moving out of their comfort zone. Sure the SRH will be placed out of their comfort zone too on Thursday.

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As we look closer into the contest, let’s check out the key player battles that one cannot miss in tonight’s game:

Shikhar Dhawan vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

With three thirty-plus scores in the first three games, while playing for the Delhi Capitals the Indian opener has looked properly equipped against the new ball. But as mentioned above it would be tough to deal with the pacers due to the Kotla track and facing Bhuvneshwar could prove to be a challenge for Dhawan. Sure Bhuvi’s numbers- he’s picked five wickets in 13 games at an average 74.2 and economy-rate of 7.73- against Delhi are his worst against an opponent in the IPL. However, when it comes to head-to-head with the Delhi opener, Bhuvneshwar got him once with the batsman scoring 19 off 14.

David Warner vs Kagiso Rabada

David Warner, who was banned from participating in the 2018 season of the marquee T20 league, has made a great return to the Sunrisers camp. The two fifty-plus scores and an unbeaten hundred in the first three games literally speak for themselves. Together with Warner and his opening partner Jonny Bairstow have consolidated the top order of SRH’s batting remarkably. Neither of them has been dismissed in the Powerplay so far. So far he has massed 254 runs with scores of 100, 85 and 69. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada, the in-form bowler of the Delhi Capitals camp, is known for picking up wickets in both the powerplay and death overs. To dismiss Warner early and put pressure on the SRH batting lineup, Rabada would be instrumental. This is a player battle to watch out for.

Jonny Bairstow vs Sandeep Lamichhane

SRH opener, English wicket-keeper, and star batsman Jonny Bairstow has had a dream run so far in the 12th edition of the IPL. He came up with first ever IPL hundred following a brilliant hundred his opening partner Warner as well. Thus forming a lethal partnership to consolidate the batting. The only factor that can keep back this otherwise unstoppable batsman is that he takes time to adjust against spin at the beginning of his innings and that’s when the Delhi Capitals can unleash Sandeep Lamichhane, who with his rare quality of bowling with the new ball within the powerplay overs can slower Bairstow down. This player battle will pique the interest of all fans tonight.

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