It was a breakthrough performance from the Proteas pacer Anrich Nortje in terms of his wicket-taking abilities, as he dismissed three batters in the last match. Although he gave away 42 runs but is expected to improve his performance in this fixture.
The left-arm speedster Khaleel Ahmed has been impressive this season with his pace and line lengths. He has executed his plans well and has picked up 16 wickets in eight appearances at an economy of 7.75. In the last game, he returned with figures of 2/28.
Although the spinner Kuldeep Yadav started the tournament with strong performances, he has lacked potency in the last three matches and has returned with only one wicket. In total, he has scalped 18 wickets in 11 appearances at an economy of 8.87.
The pacer and a useful batter, Shardul Thakur has picked up nine wickets at an expensive economy of 10.13 and has scored 113 runs at an average of 18.83. In the last outing, he gave away 38 runs off three overs and contributed 24 from the bat.
Although the spin-bowling all-rounder Axar Patel has been economical, his lack of wicket-taking abilities has hurt the team’s chances in the middle-overs. But, he has scored 146 runs at a strike rate of 36.50 and would look to continue the same form on the batting front.
Lalit Yadav was dropped from the team, as he could not contribute much in a consistent manner in the previous games. However, the Delhi-born cricketer has 137 runs at an average of 22.83 and has displayed the ability to stitch partnerships in the middle.
On the other hand, the Australian batter has done well after making a comeback to the team. In the last league match, he scored 25 off 20 and was looking in good touch, but failed to convert his decent start into a big one. In total, he has garnered 99 runs and has two wickets.
The captain and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant scored 21 off 11 balls in the last outing and has done well in the tournament so far. Although he has not been at his best with his ball-striking capabilities, the southpaw has made sure he churns out runs in a consistent manner, and has 281 runs at an average of 31.22.
In the last league match, it was a rare failure after four matches for the Caribbean batter Rovman Powell, wherein he perished for just three runs. He has been terrific with his composure and abilities to clear the boundary and has 205 runs at a strike rate of 161.41.
Although Warner scored 19 off 12 balls in the last outing, the knock of 92* against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will still be on his mind and he is expected to bounce back in this fixture. If he manages to give a good start just like he has done in the previous matches, the middle-order can then continue the momentum and the team can benefit from it.
The opener Prithvi Shaw‘s absence has certainly affected the Delhi Capitals’ batting department, as they have not been able to get a good start in the last few league matches. After Mandeep Singh’s failure, the team included Srikar Bharat in the Playing XI. However, he could contribute only eight off five balls in the last match.