IPL 2020 DC vs SRH Qualifier 2: 3 reasons why Sunrisers start as favourites to seal IPL 2020 finals berth?

IPL 2020 DC vs SRH Qualifier 2 : Sunrisers Hyderabad is dubbed to start as the favourites when they lock horns agains Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 due to their current  form. SRH have won both their league games against DC this season and are also on a good run of form. David Warner’s men have won their last 4 games while Shreyas Iyer’s side have lost last 5 of their six games.

With a high octane Qualifier 2 in the offing, let’s take a look at the possible reasons why SRH currently holds the edge over Delhi Capitals and are firm favourites to seal the IPL 2020 finals berth opposite Mumbai Indians.

IPL 2020 DC vs SRH Qualifier 2: SRH’s Win Streak vs DC’s Loss Streak

Delhi Capitals lost four matches on the trot towards the end of the group stage before beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last round robin match to make it to Qualifier 1. But, the team looked completely out of sorts against a strong Mumbai Indians outfit and suffered a huge defeat.

With five losses in their last six matches, Delhi Capitals are certainly not playing their best cricket and their biggest worry for them is their opening combination.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have been sensational, winning four matches on the trot, when it has mattered the most. It was a shame that Wriddhiman Saha turned unfit after playing extremely well in the last few games. The team would desperately want him to return but if he isn’t fit enough, Sreevats Goswami is likely to get another game.

IPL 2020 DC vs SRH Qualifier 2; Top order woes for DC- 9 ducks by DC’s Top 3 

Something that would definitely worry coach Ricky Ponting is the number of ducks by the top-order — nine. Dhawan has four, Shaw has three and Rahane didn’t bother the scorers twice.

In their last game, each of their top three Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane scored blobs. While Rahane has played just one good knock which came against Bangalore, Shikhar Dhawan has been either extremely hot or extremely cold. He either gets a half-century, a century or a duck, which is a sign of worry for Delhi.

Prithvi Shaw, too, has made it a habit of getting dismissed for ducks and their top order has made things even more difficult for the middle order. Shreyas Iyer has been waging a lone battle but has not got enough support from Rishabh Pant, who does not seem to be in nick this season.

IPL 2020 DC vs SRH Qualifier 2; Calm and in-form SRH has handled crunch situations better than DC

The SRH batting order, with David Warner at the top, Manish Pandey at number three and Kane Williamson at number four is looking settled, particularly with the inclusion of all-rounder Jason Holder.

SRH’s bowling has also been doing a great job. They have identified their best five bowlers in Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan and Jason Holder and have stuck to them. Momentum gives Hyderabad a great opportunity of making it to the final.

For DC, Marcus Stoinis is a great powerhouse who can get firing on his day. So can Axar Patel. But with Shimron Hetmyer having been dropped from the side, their explosive power has suffered. Delhi have the option of bringing back Shimron Hetmyer in place of Daniel Sams and then making up with an extra Indian bowler like Harshal Patel or Tushar Deshpande for an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane.