IPL 2019 Match Preview: Eliminator – DC VS SRH: Third-placed Delhi Capitals and fourth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will clash in the Eliminator – the second of the VIVO IPL 2019 Playoff matches.
What: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Eliminator on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 PM IST
Where: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
What to expect: The track looked delightfully homogeneous and beige on the eve of the match, meaning lesser natural variations off the pitch, but it’s not a guarantee for a high-scoring game. The last game here against Australia, although a last-ball finish, saw scores of 126 and 127. Much like Jasprit Bumrah and Nathan Coulter-Nile in that game, fast bowlers will stick to hard lengths on this pitch. There should be some spin available too. Slow outfield could be a dampener.
There’s a 10% chance of precipitation but the rain is likely to stay away. 86% humidity and 32 degrees temperature expected around match start.
Delhi Capitals: It’s been two matches since Kagiso Rabada was ruled out of the tournament with a back issue but the loss feels galactic on the eve of an Eliminator. Trent Boult replaced him with his left-arm pace but still has a long way to go to emulate Rabada’s death-bowling heists. Chris Morris, now into South Africa’s World Cup squad, could be in with a shout.
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha have had all of two matches to try and mimic Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. It’s unrealistic to expect them to fire straightaway, so Kane Williamson’s return to form in the last match (70* off 43 against RCB) and Manish Pandey’s run of good form augurs well.
Basil Thampi bowled full steam in the nets to Kane Williamson on the eve of the match and should retain his place ahead of Sandeep Sharma. Yusuf Pathan replaced Abhishek Sharma in the last league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore but there’s not a lot to choose between the two, partly because Vijay Shankar is the sixth bowling option. It will really come down to whether the leadership group wants youth or experience in a crucial game.
Probable XI: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan/Abhishek Sharma, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi
Did you know
– Head to head: Sunrisers have won 9 out the 14 matches between the sides
– Delhi have never won a knockout match in IPL
– Sunrisers won 5 out of 9 matches in IPL 2018 while defending totals. In 2019, they have successfully defended only twice in 7 matches, the scores being 212 and 231
– Barring Amit Mishra (6.33), all other Delhi spinners have conceded over nine in away games – Axar (9.35), Tewatia (9.00) and Lamichhane (9.13)
What they said
“We have to take the confidence from our win against them in Hyderabad. They also beat us in Delhi, so both the teams are fairly confident, and it is going to be a tough match. However, they are also missing some of their players, and we are without Kagiso now, so it is going to be a difficult task as well, but a well-matched encounter” – Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals captain