Delhi Capitals, IPL 2019
Delhi have won two and lost two matches so far (BCCI Photo)

There cannot be a better example of the fickle nature of Indian Premier League than the change of fortunes Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have undergone inside two weeks of the competition.

While Delhi started the season with a dominating win, Hyderabad lost their way in the final overs to start with a defeat. Since then, the 2016 champions have improved bit-by-bit to post consecutive wins while Delhi have realised, they have serious batting issues to address if they wish to harbour playoff hopes.

Twice Delhi have lost a position of strength in consecutive matches. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, they failed to score six runs in the final over before suffering a spectacular collapse against Kings XI Punjab, losing their final seven wickets for just eight runs in a 14-run win. Clearly, their batting, especially the middle and lower order needs improvement.

On the other hand, Hyderabad have posted two impressive victories, chasing down 199 against Rajasthan Royals before crushing Royal Challengers Bangalore by 118 runs. Though they have their areas to address, especially the propensity to leak runs in death-overs and form of lead pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has proved to be expensive thus far.

What: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Match 16)

When: April 4 (Thursday)

Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Time: 8 pm

Weather: Hot with a high of 39 degrees

Teams

Delhi

The inability to finish games has been haunting Delhi for two straight matches now. The top-order has looked in decent touch, it’s the middle order which has been a bit of a concern. Colin Ingram has scored 97 runs so far in four matches and 47 of those have come in one inning. Allrounder Sherfane Rutherford, who has been rated highly by DC head coach Ricky Ponting, could be given a chance in place of Ingram.

As far as bowling department goes, it has fared decently. Bowlers combination has undergone changes across their four matches. From a pace-heavy attack, they have opted towards a more balanced combo. Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Sandip Lamichhane pick themselves considering the variety they bring and their performances so far. There will be a toss up between who will be the third pacer and second spinner. Ishant Sharma could walk back in place of an expensive Harshal Patel and legspinner Amit Mishra should replace pacer Avesh Khan.

Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram/Sherfane Rutherford, Hanuma Vihari, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra

Hyderabad

The cloud over fitness of captain Kane Williamson continues as he has featured in just one of the three matches so far. They put up an excellent all-round show in their big win over RCB so expect stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar to keep the winning combination.

Probable XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

Head-to-Head

Played: 12

Won by SRH: 8

Won by DC: 4

Quotes

“It is not that we are weak. We have played lot of cricket and have good experience also. We just have to smart and be calculative in taking risks.” – Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals captain