IPL 2019 – Eliminator: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – DC Predicted Playing XI

IPL 2019 – Eliminator: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – DC Predicted Playing XI

It’s knockout time as the Delhi Capitals (DC) taken on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator.

Colin Ingram
Colin Ingram. (Photo: IANS)

It’s knockout time as the Delhi Capitals (DC) taken on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator. The team which loses this game goes back home while the winner will get a second chance in the second Qualifier to reach the final.

Delhi Capitals may consider themselves a tad unlucky as despite having 18 points, they finished third. One of the main reasons for that was the heavy 80-run loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). It was the penultimate game of the season and DC came up short big time. However, overall in this tournament, they’ve played some really good cricket and it is the first time since 2012, they will be playing a playoff game.

Delhi will have to continue without their spearhead Kagiso Rabada, who was ruled out of the tournament due to a back niggle. But the bowlers stepped up nicely in their final group stage game against Rajasthan Royals (RR). The batsmen have done well and the top-order has been consistent. Three batsmen have aggregated in excess of 400 runs this season which has been one of the major reasons for DC’s success.

Openers (Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw)

Shikhar Dhawan has been in good form for the Delhi Capitals. Remember, he was swapped for three players and it was deemed that SRH has got the better of the deal. But as it turns out, Dhawan has led the charge with the bat beautifully for DC this season.

This is the first time Prithvi Shaw has played all games in the IPL. However, barring a knock or two, he hasn’t lived up to expectation. He’s been pretty impatient and has thrown his wicket away on almost every occasion. But the 19-year-old will continue to open the batting alongside Dhawan and hope that he can get some crucial runs in a big game.

Middle-order (Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram)

Shreyas Iyer has been brilliant with the bat and while leading the Delhi Capitals. Some of his tactics have been very good while his performances with the bat have also been excellent where he has led from the front. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant is the third batsman after Dhawan and Iyer that has amassed in excess of 400 runs this season.

The Delhi stumper has failed to show composure at times and has been guilty of throwing it away. He’s scored three fifties and all of them have come in wins. On the other hand, Colin Ingram hasn’t fired this season. He has a total of 184 runs from 12 innings at an average of 18.40. His strike-rate is also on the lower side (119.48). However, Ingram has been a part of the Delhi XI since the start of the season and will most likely continue.

All-rounders (Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Chris Morris)

Sherfane Rutherford played a couple of excellent cameos so far in this season. He’s also chipped in with a few overs as and when required. Axar Patel has done well with his left-arm spin. He also a very handy lower-order batsman. He has struck the ball well and with DC opting to play only five specialist batsmen, the responsibility of Rutherford and Axar becomes bigger.

Meanwhile, Keemo Paul limped off the field in DC’s final group stage encounter. Hence, he might be replaced by Chris Morris. The latter has played 9 games this season and has been Delhi’s second-best bowler, in terms of wickets.

Bowlers (Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult)

Delhi has a quality first-choice attack and even without their talismanic pace leader, Kagiso Rabada. With him being ruled out of the tournament, Ishant will lead the attack. He’s done largely well and DC have utilized him a lot in the powerplay where he’s not only picked up wickets but has also kept the runs down.

Amit Mishra has done quite well and will continue to be a big threat to the opposition. Mishra has got the ball to turn and is beating the batsmen in flight. Meanwhile, Trent Boult will likely be playing his fourth game of the season. He did well in the last game against RR as he picked 2/27. His experience in the big games could really prove to be handy.

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