IPL 2020 leaders Delhi Capitals (DC) will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) tonight in Match No 11 in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest. David Warner’s SRH has lost their first two matches and will be hoping to get their first win of the IPL 2020 campaign tonight. Delhi Capitals on the other hand are unbeaten so far in the tournament and will be seeking to extend it further.
As SRH look to revive their campaign against DC, let’s look at three key player battles that can pan out tonight.
David Warner vs Kagiso Rabada (DC vs SRH IPL 2020)
SRH captain David Warner has not come into his element in IPL 2020 yet. He was dismissed for 6 against RCB and fell for 36 versus KKR, just when he was beginning to look dangerous. Over the years, everyone has seen what David Warner is capable of.
Warner’s consistency and ability to score quickly has been on another level in previous editions of the IPL. In 128 IPL games, he has amassed 4748 runs at a strike rate of 142.11. Warner has scored in excess of 600 runs in all the three previous editions he has been part of.
The attacking Aussie opener will be keen to get back among the big runs again.
Against Delhi, though, he will be up against South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, who has been nearly impossible to play. Rabada finished as the second leading wicket-taker last season and has made significant contributions in both of Delhi’s win so far.
Rabada bowled the game-changing Super Over against KXIP and picked up 3 for 26 against the Chennai Super Kings. Warner will have to come out with something special to unsettle Rabada.
Marcus Stoinins vs Rashid Khan (DC vs SRH IPL 2020)
SRH leggie Rashid Khan has not had a good tournament so far. After two games, he only has one wicket to his name at a strike rate of 48. He has been economical, though, giving away only seven runs per over. However, SRH will be keen for him to return to the wicket-taking mode.
With his variations and accuracy, Khan has made a name for himself as one of the finest spinners in the T20 format. He has been extremely successful in both the IPL and the BBL and should be confident of returning to his usual form.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that had Marcus Stoinis not smashed that incredible 53 from 21 against Punjab, the result of the contest could have been very different.
Coming into the IPL under pressure after struggling in England on his international comeback, Stoinis put the disappointment behind him with a sizzling batting show. He cleared the field with ease, particularly towards the end of the innings.
Prithvi Shaw vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar (DC vs SRH IPL 2020)
Delhi opener Prithvi Shaw set up the game his team against the Chennai Super Kings with a solid half-century at the top. Once he gets his eye in, Shaw can prove to be extremely dangerous for the opponent as CSK found out the other day.
Shaw played his role in DC’s revival last year, scoring 353 runs at a strike rate of 133.71, and featuring in a number of impressive opening stands with Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. He will be keen to carry on his good work this season.
For SRH to do well against DC, they will need to strike early with the ball. Considering the long batting line up that Delhi possesses, the Hyderabad bowlers could be in for a leather hunt if they do not get early wickets.
This is where Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have a key role to play. He has been SRH’s most effective bowler over the last few seasons. Bhuvneshwar, though, is yet to get a wicket after two games this year although his economy of 7.71 is acceptable. Bhuvneshwar will have to find a way to get past the dangerous Shaw for SRH to be successful.