Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Capitals (DC) lock horns in Qualifier 2 of the IPL 2020 today. While the overall record of both the teams might look even on the surface, a closer look reveals a stark difference between the two teams. Sunrisers Hyderabad have been in sensational form over the last few weeks, winning four matches in a row. Two of those victories came against the Delhi Capitals and the Mumbai Indians (the only other teams remaining in the tournament). SRH beat the Royal Challegers Bangalore (RCB) in their eliminator matchup en route to the qualifier. SRH’s bowling attack has surprisingly managed to stay afloat despite losing stalwarts Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mithcell Marsh to injury. T Natarajan and Rashid Khan picked up the slack with a total of 35 wickets between themselves. The batting duo of Kane Williamson and Jason Holder also showed nerves of steel during the close fought victory against RCB in the eliminator. David Warner can also be expected to continue his stellar form with the bat.
The Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have really struggled in the second half of the tournament. They got off to a flying start but have only managed one victory in their last six games. Kagiso Rabada’s dip in form has been the most shocking. After being the leading wicket taker for most of the tournament, he has struggled recently. DC will also need its batting lineup, led by Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer to deliver the goods against the balanced SRH bowling attack. As a matter of fact, the Delhi Capitals suffered humiliating losses on both the occasions they squared up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.
Abu Dhabi’s pitch is a batting beauty and it will be great for stroke making. It will be a good bowling pitch for the pacers as well. Dew might end up being a key factor in the second part of the match. It’s a good pitch to bat second as the temperature will be cooler (around 29 degrees Celsius) and the humidity will also drop down to the 40s. The pitch has consistently proven to be slow with very little swing with the new ball. Spinners can also prove to be lethal on this pitch. It’s definitely a “win toss-field first” pitch. Though a score in the range of 160-180 might prove difficult to chase.
Lineup Predictions for SRH vs DC
David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha/Shreevats Goswami, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.
SRH vs DC- Key Aspects
- R Ashwin has dismissed SRH captain David Warner 3 times, conceding 118 runs in 96 balls bowled.
- Sandeep Sharma has dismissed Shreyas Iyer 3 times in, while conceding only 34 runs in 47 balls bowled at DC captain.
- Manish Pandey has a poor record against Axar Patel, scoring only 39 runs off 61 deliveries and 2 dismissals.
- Shikhar Dhawan has a poor record against SRH, managing only 70 runs in 5 innings.
SRH vs DC: Head to Head
Played- 17 |SRH won- 11 | DC won- 6 |
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 2 | SRH won- 2 | DC won- 0
Average first innings score: 164 (20 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 13 | Lost- 8
Where can I watch SRH vs RCB?
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
As it was in the Eliminator, the chasing team definitely has a higher probability of winning the contest and book a spot in the final showdown against the Mumbai Indians for all the marbles.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on our understanding, analysis, and instinct. It is by no means a guarantee of the outcome. While we recommend using our points in your analysis, the final decision has to be yours.