Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Abu Dhabi
Pro Tip: The all-round ability of Jason Holder and Rashid Khan, as well as their record against the Delhi Capitals, make the Sunrisers Hyderabad the favouries.
Our XI: Rishabh Pant, David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Williamson, Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Rashid Khan
Substitutes: Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, T Natarajan, Wriddhiman Saha
Player availability: Saha missed the previous game because of a niggle. There is no official update on his availability for this match yet.
NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.
Captain: Jason Holder
Ever since Holder came into the team, he hasn’t put a foot wrong. He has picked up 13 wickets in just six games at an economy of 7.62 and a strike rate of 11. With the bat as well, he has scored some crucial runs, seeing his team through on a couple of occasions.
Vice-captain: Rashid Khan
To nobody’s surprise, Khan is the highest wicket-taker for the Sunrisers this season with 19 strikes at an economy of 5.3. In the two previous encounters against the Capitals this season, he has picked up six wickets at an economy of 2.63. His economy this season in the middle overs is 5.18 and he has a dot ball percentage of 46.83 in the phase.
David Warner: Warner is coming off some good form in the last week or so. He has scored 211 runs in his last five innings at a rapid strike rate of 157.46. It is a huge game and you would expect a man of Warner’s experience to come good given his intent off late and good run of form as well.
Anrich Nortje: Nortje has had a fantastic season. He has picked up 19 wickets at an economy of 8.3. He has been very good in the powerplay – six wickets at an economy of 7.66 – and even better in the middle overs – nine wickets at an economy of 8.85 and a strike rate of 8.9.
Marcus Stoinis: Stoinis has been a revelation for the Capitals this season. His form had faded away, but he showed why he is such a capable allrounder in the game against the Mumbai Indians, with a fantastic 65. He has been providing the impetus with the bat towards the end and has also chipped in with the ball. Stoinis has scored 314 runs at a strike rate of 150.23 and has picked up nine wickets in the tournament. His strike rate at the death this season is 176.78.
Sandeep Sharma: Sharma has been fantastic with the ball upfront for the Sunrisers. He has picked up 13 wickets at an economy of 7.16. Nine of those wickets have come in the last five games suggesting he is at his best. His strike rate in the powerplay this season is 20.66 and in the last five games, it has gone down to 15.
R Ashwin: Ashwin has been a vital cog in this Capitals team. He invariably picks up a wicket every game at a very good economy. He will be vital against the likes of Warner in the powerplay. Ashwin has picked up seven wickets in the powerplay this season at an economy of 6.57 and a strike rate of 12. Overall he has picked up 13 wickets at an economy of 7.5.
Shikhar Dhawan has blown hot and cold but a big innings could come in this knockout fixture. It is a punt worth taking. Include him as an alternate captain/vice-captain option.
Kane Williamson has an average of 66 against the Delhi franchise since 2018 while Manish Pandey averages only 27. But Pandey bats at No. 3 and takes the hot spots in the field, so he is an alternate option.
If Saha is fit and playing, replace Pant with him given Saha has been in terrific form and Pant has found none in the tournament so far.
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