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IPL 2019 – Match 30: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals – SRH Predicted Playing XI

SRH needs to strengthen their batting. But at whose expense will that come at?

Kane Williamson in the IPL
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Kane Williamson. (Photo by IANS)

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have taken a sudden thud in the tournament. From being the table-toppers a few days ago, the side has fallen to the second half of the table after back-to-back losses. The batting in the last two games has come under the scanner and it seems the side is overreliant on the openers.

The team is back in Hyderabad for their next home game against Delhi Capitals (DC). Sunrisers won by 5 wickets the last time they played this opposition and would want to get back to the winning ways. With the batsmen coming under pressure, some changes look inevitable and this could, in turn, prompt a huge rejig in the line-up.

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Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):

Openers (David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk))

David Warner has played an unusual knock in the last game. He decided that he’d be the one who will stay there till the end. The left-hander was successful in doing so but has played a tad too slow. His unbeaten 62-ball 70 didn’t do the team great deeds as the side failed to get to a big total. Warner had about a week to reflect back upon this knock and he’ll look to get better in the next game.

A chink in Jonny Bairstow’s armour was found in the last two games. He fell to wrist spinners on both the last two instances and the opposition will look to target this weakness of his yet again. But he’ll be wary of this now and should look to play out the wrist spinners instead of trying to go too hard after them.

Middle Order (Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan)

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has had a good break and should have recovered by now. It is the ideal time for him to walk back into the side as the batting has struggled. SRH has got no choice but to axe Mohammad Nabi to accommodate the skipper in the eleven. He is expected to anchor the innings.

Vijay Shankar will be slotted down to the number four position. The batting all-rounder has got to be a little more cautious with his shot selection as he cannot afford to throw the starts away every time. Manish Pandey is likely to be picked ahead of Deepak Hooda while Yusuf Pathan will assume the role of a finisher.

All Rounders (Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem)

Rashid Khan will have an important responsibility with the bat in this match. He has been bowling well and has got to outfox the Delhi middle-order which has looked quite fragile in the last few matches. The leg-spinner has to be slightly more aggressive and will surely find the backing from Kane Williamson who is always in the hunt for wickets.

Since they are getting Williamson back into the side, Nabi will be out and SRH will be short of a bowler. Thus, Shahbaz Nadeem is to be brought back into the eleven to provide the fifth bowling option. He can whack a few with the bat if the situation arises.

Bowlers (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is slowly finding his rhythm back. He will have a massive role to play as Shikhar Dhawan has just got back into form. Bhuvi has to test the batsman with some swing early on. Without the captaincy responsibility, the pacer can play with a lot more freedom.

While Sandeep Sharma will continue to play in the eleven, SRH might make one change with the third pacer. Khaleel Ahmed could be roped in instead of Siddarth Kaul. The left-arm pacer performed well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and could finally get his opportunity. But he will have to be at the top of his game if he is to retain the spot.

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