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Ideal Playing XI for Delhi Capitals (DC)

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Delhi Capitals (DC) enjoyed a fruitful outing in the last year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The side led by Shreyas Iyer reached the final of the competition but lost to Mumbai Indians (MI) by five wickets.

Even after losing the final battle, DC earned a lot of positives from the season. Rishabh Pant found his lost form, and the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, Shikhar Dhawan and Anrich Nortje all shined in their respective roles.

Ahead of the IPL 2021, DC received a set-back after their regular skipper Iyer got ruled out from the lucrative league after injuring his shoulder in the recently concluded ODI series against England. In the absence of Iyer, Pant has been handed over the responsibility to lead the side.

Let’s have a look at Delhi Capitals’ ideal playing XI in IPL 2021:

Openers: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan

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Like the previous season, there won’t be any change in the opening pair of DC. Prithvi Shaw will again open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan. Shaw did not have a good season with the bat in IPL 2020 as he managed to score only 228 runs from 13 games. However, his recent domestic circuit performance will undoubtedly give him the confidence to enter the field in IPL 2021.

On the other hand, Dhawan had a marvellous outing last year. With 618 runs from 17 games, the left-handed batsman finished the tournament as the second-highest run-getter. Dhawan would aim to replicate his previous season performance in the forthcoming edition of IPL.

Middle-order: Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer

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Since Iyer will not be a part of Capitals in IPL 2021, the middle-order responsibility will be born by Ajinkya Rahane, captain Pant and power-hitter Shimron Hetmyer. While Rahane will look to anchor the innings, Pant and Hetmyer shall be focusing on continuing their attacking brand of batting.

The wicketkeeper-batsman had smashed 343 runs in IPL 2020, while Hemyer only managed to score 185 runs. Similarly, Rahane amassed 113 runs from 9 games last year.

Finisher: Marcus Stoinis

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Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis had a dream IPL in the last season. The Western Aussie superstar scored 352 runs from 17 matches and picked up 13 wickets. More importantly, Stoinis made all these runs at an impressive strike rate of 148.52 while coming to bat at different positions.

The 31-year-old was asked to bat according to situations, and he did the job pretty well for Capitals. Stoinis will be expected to play a finisher’s role in the upcoming season and bag wickets at crucial circumstances.

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav

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From the past few seasons, DC has been a side consisting of top-quality bowlers, who pick wickets and finish the matches with a lesser economy compared to their counterparts in the other teams. The likes of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will again lead the bowling attack for Capitals in IPL 2021, and Umesh Yadav will assist the South African bowling duo.

Rabada was the highest wicket-taker in the previous season with 30 scalps to his name from 17 matches. Similarly, Nortje finished IPL 2020 as the fourth leading wicket-taker. He bagged 22 scalps in 16 games. Umesh, on the other hand, only played two games and couldn’t get any wicket.

The spin department will be headed by Ravichandran Ashwin and veteran bowler Amit Mishra. Ashwin had a terrific season for whites while playing for India, and he will enter with supreme confidence. The Tamil Nadu bowler was the third-highest wicket-taker (13) for DC during IPL 2020. At the same time, Mishra did not play enough matches as he got injured during the last season. He only appeared in three games and picked up three wickets.

Here is Delhi Capitals’ ideal playing XI:

  • Prithvi Shaw – Matches: 38; Runs: 826; Strike-rate: 139.76; 50’s: 6
  • Shikhar Dhawan – Matches: 176; Runs: 5197; Strike-rate: 126.87; 100’s: 2; 50’s: 41
  • Ajinkya Rahane – Matches: 149; Runs: 3933; Strike-rate: 121.39; 100’s: 2; 50’s: 28
  • Rishabh Pant – Matches: 68; Runs: 2079; Strike-rate: 151.97; 100’s: 1 50’s: 12
  • Shimron Hetmyer – Matches: 17; Runs: 275; Strike-rate: 138.88; 50’s: 1
  • Marcus Stoinis – Matches: 46; Runs: 825; Strike-rate: 137.27; 50’s: 4; Wickets: 28; Economy: 9.37
  • Ravichandran Ashwin – Matches: 154; Wickets: 138; Best: 4/34; Economy: 6.87
  • Kagiso Rabada – Matches: 35; Wickets: 61; Best: 4/21; Economy: 8.23
  • Anrich Nortje – Matches: 16; Wickets: 22; Best: 3/33; Economy: 8.39
  • Amit Mishra – Matches: 150; Wickets: 160; Best: 5/17; Economy: 7.34
  • Umesh Yadav – Matches: 121; Wickets: 119; Best: 4/24;; Economy: 8.51

IPL 2021: Ideal Playing XI for Delhi Capitals (DC)

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EngVsPak- England defeated Pakistan by three wickets

Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.

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James Vince scored a hundred and Lewis Gregory contributed 77 as England defeated Pakistan by three wickets to complete a clean sweep of the three-match ODI series.

Vince raced to 102 off 95 deliveries and Gregory struck his 77 of 69 balls as hosts England, chasing Pakistan’s challenging score of 331 for seven wickets, reached 332 for seven with two overs to spare.

Opener Phil Salt scored 37 while skipper Ben Stokes added 32 as England held their nerves to register a comfortable win in third and final ODI.

Earlier, skipper Babar Azam struck a career-best 158 (139-ball) and helped Pakistan’s batting finally came good in this series.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq scored 56 and Mohammad Rizwan 74 as Pakistan posted 331 for nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Playing against a makeshift England squad, after the originally selected player went into isolation after three players tested positive for COVID-19, Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.

Babar came in after Fakhar Zaman was out early for 6, caught by Zak Crawley off Saqib Mahmood. He raised 92 runs for the third wicket with opener Imam-ul-Haq and then put together a partnership of 179 with Rizwan.
However, they suffered a collapse soon after Rizwan was out, caught by wicketkeeper Simpson off seamer Brydon Carse, with the score 292/3. Only one of the remaining seven batsman managed to reach double digits.

But Babar kept blasting runs from the other end and was the eighth batsman out with the score 328 in the 50th over.

He struck 14 boundaries and four sixes during his innings.
Carse was the best England bowler on display as he claimed five wickets for 61 in his 10 overs.

Brief scores: Pakistan 331/9 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 56, Babar Azam 158, M Rizwan 74; Brydon Carse 5/61).

England 332/7 in 48 overs (Phil Salt 37, James Vince 102, Ben Stokes 32, Lewis Gregory 77; Haris Rauf 4/65).

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Corona hit – India-Lanka ODI matches were postponed for four days

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India’s tour of Sri Lanka has hit a roadblock after two Covid-19 positive cases in the home team’s camp delayed the start of the ODI series by at least four days, and canceled due to more cases. The possibility has been left open. Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and the team’s performance analyst Shirantha Niroshna have both tested positive and the entire team that arrived from England this week has been put in isolation.

Though both the boards have not made any official statement yet, it seems that all the six matches will be played within a period of 10-11 days if there is no scope for any more positive cases. There are also concerns that the series could be called off if more positive cases emerge in the Sri Lankan camp. This means that the Indian team, which has already spent 12 days in Sri Lanka, will have to return home without playing a single match.

The tentative dates for the ODIs have been set as July 17, 19 and 21. The report states that the T20 Internationals will be played on July 24, 25 and 27. However, neither Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) nor the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given any confirmation regarding the dates.

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Indonesia lacks oxygen, seeks help as virus cases rise

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Just two months ago, Indonesia came forward to India’s aid with thousands of tanks of oxygen. Today, the Southeast Asian country is running out of oxygen as it grapples with a devastating wave of coronavirus cases and the government is seeking emergency supplies from other countries, including Singapore and China.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the government minister in charge of Indonesia’s pandemic response, said a shipment of more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators and other health equipment arrived from Singapore on Friday, followed by another 1,000 ventilators from Australia.

In addition, Pandjaitan said, Indonesia plans to purchase 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — equipment that generates oxygen — from neighboring Singapore. He said he was in contact with China and other possible oxygen sources. The US and the United Arab Emirates have also offered help.

Overall, Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has reported more than 2.4 million infections and 63,760 deaths from COVID-19. Those figures are widely believed to be a huge undercount due to low testing and poor tracing measures. On Thursday, Indonesia reported nearly 39,000 confirmed cases, its biggest single-day jump.

Indonesia’s hospitals have been flooded, with increasing numbers of sick people in isolation at home or waiting to receive emergency care. In Indonesia’s most populous island, Java, hospitals began setting up temporary intensive care units in mid-June. Many patients are waiting for several days to get admitted. Oxygen tanks rolled on the sidewalks for the lucky few, while others were told they’d have to find their own.

The city’s deputy mayor Yaya Mulyana said emergency rooms at a public hospital in Bandung city were closed earlier this week amid panic buying over rising infections in the West Java provincial capital.

“The panicked people bought oxygen tanks, though they didn’t need them yet,” said Muliana. “This has exhausted the supply of oxygen.”

At a hospital in Yogyakarta in central Java, 63 COVID-19 patients died in one day – 33 of them during its central liquid oxygen supply, although the hospital switched to using oxygen cylinders was, spokesman Banu Harmawan said.

When a brutal outbreak ravaged the country, Indonesia donated 3,400 oxygen cylinders and concentrators to India. As its own cases rose, Jakarta scrapped plans to send another 2,000 oxygen concentrators to India in late June. The daily requirement of oxygen has reached 1,928 tonnes per day. According to government data, the total available production capacity of the country is 2,262 tonnes per day.

“I asked for 100% oxygen first for medical purposes, which means all industrial allocation should be shifted to medical,” said Panjaitan, a minister in the government. “We are racing against time, we have to act fast.”

Noting the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, he warned that Indonesia could face a worst-case scenario with 50,000 cases a day. The next two weeks will be crucial, he said.

The industry ministry responded by issuing a decree that all oxygen supplies be sent to hospitals packed with coronavirus patients and asked industry players to cooperate.

Oxygen is used to make many products including textiles, plastics and vehicles. Oil refineries, chemical makers and steel makers also use it. But industry leaders are clamoring to support government efforts to maximize supplies for hospitals.

The government has redirected oxygen supplies from industrial plants at Morowali in Central Sulawesi, Balikpapan on the island of Borneo, and Belawan and Batam on the island of Sumatra, Pandjaitan said. Small oxygen industries have also been directed to produce pharmaceutical oxygen.

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