What will it be for Delhi Capitals — hattrick of wins or a maiden loss? It will soon be known as DC take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in match 11 of Indian Premier League (IPL). DC will be brimming with confidence with two consecutive wins — first against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The Shreyas Iyer-side will be keen to complete a hat-trick of wins and retain the top spot in the points table.
SRH, on the other hand, are eyeing their first win of the IPL 2020 following their defeats at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Who will be the stars
Prithvi Shaw scored a cracking half-century to set up DC’s second successive win where they beat CSK by 44 runs. The attacking right-handed batsman will once again be crucial for his side as they face SRH in Abu Dhabi. The DC opener can hit the ground running, playing those punchy drives, and can also go aerial to clear the ropes. If he fires, expect DC to score big.
Following his side’s seven-wicket loss against KKR, SRH skipper had said that he takes full responsibility for not batting out the overs. David Warner has time and again proven himself – as a batsman and as a leader – and the left-hander will be out to make amends as SRH seek their first win of the IPL 2020.
While he scored a fine 61 in SRH’s season opener against RCB, Jonny Bairstow could not score many against KKR as his side suffered their second defeat in a row. But, like he has shown in the past, Bairstow can be extremely destructive, and as SRH seek to post a big total on the board, the Bairstow-Warner partnership is vital.
Two wickets in the first game. Three wickets in the second. Add to it, that stunning Super Over performance to take DC home. Kagiso Rabada has not put a foot wrong in the IPL 2020, and as DC, who are targetting their third win on the bounce, face the likes of Warner, Bairstow and Manish Pandey amongst others, the team will expect Rabada to continue his good run of form.
The right-hander scored a fifty against KKR following a 34-run innings in his team’s first game against RCB. But, if SRH were to win, then Manish Pandey, along with Warner and Bairstow, must get the big runs. If that happens, SRH will be in with a chance to open their account on the points table.