SRH vs DC
April 14, 8.00PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium – Hyderabad
The two sides are coming into this game on the back of contrasting fortunes – SRH have lost their last two games, while Delhi are on a 2-match winning streak, and they would want to extend that when they face a stiff battle against SRH at Hyderabad.
The track at Hyderabad has always assisted the sides that bat first, and spinners have a huge say in the game. In that scenario, Sandeep Lamichanne, who was not in the side that played against KKR, might come in, while SRH will need to see if Kane Williamson is fit and then make changes accordingly.
This might be a tight game, with both sides not short on firepower. While DC have a good middle-order, SRH relies on their opening duo. However, if they are out early, they might struggle – a weakness DC would like to exploit.
SRH Predicted 11
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Shakib Al Hasan/Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
DC Predicted 11
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada
While Delhi’s Pant is in form as well, the only reason that I have picked Bairstow is that he opens the innings, and might have a greater chance of getting a big knock. He has not fared badly in this IPL 2019 either – even smashing a hundred against RCB earlier – and would want to carry on before he leaves for England in ten days. David Warner, the Orange Cap holder might have flopped in the last few games, but he is too good a player to repeat his mistakes. Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with an unbeaten 97 against KKR, and he knows how the track at Hyderabad will play out – having turned out for SRH the last few years. Thus he will be an important player in the clash. Shreyas Iyer has been leading the side from the front. In the case of an early loss of a wicket, the skipper has the potential to anchor the innings and get a big score under his belt.
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Vijay Shankar has been playing at number 32 and has played aggressively in the chances. While he does not bowl much, his form with the bat warrants a selection. Chris Morris and Axar Patel are the other two all-rounders. Morris has been the most underrated player for DC, while Axar will find the conditions to his liking.
In the bowling department, I have not picked Rashid Khan, as he has not been among the wickets lately, and hence is not a great Fantasy Pick. Sandeep Sharma has been faring well, while Delhi’s Ishant Sharma has been the surprise performer. Rabada has been in fine form, and his yorkers could hurt the wobbly SRH middle-order, while Lamichhane – expected to return to the 11 – rounds up my team.
Captain and Vice-captain: Bairstow, Iyer