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SRH set to face DC in tonight’s encounter; Dhoni’s 200th IPL match ends in a loss

By wasmulhaq 
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In yesterday’s encounter, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 13 runs and moved to 4th place in the points table. RCB were clinical throughout the match and looked like a confident side. Apart from Maxwell, the top order chipped in some crucial runs.

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Kohli is gradually regaining his old form, which would be a boost to the RCB’s morale. Inconsistency in CSK let the team down, and they remained 13 runs short. Harshal Patel took 3 for 35 and was adjudged player of the match.

SRH take on DC

Time has come for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to face the challenge of the Delhi Capitals (DC) in tonight’s encounter at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. The two teams are separated by two points. The battle to remain in the top four becomes more intense because, after this encounter, each team will have to play four games.

As the tournament is inching towards its conclusion at the league stage, both the teams would like to see their out-of-form players back in form, and team management must be hoping that their players play scintillating games for their franchises. SRH are desperate to see their skipper, Kane Williamson, find his touch as the master batsman has only one fifty to his name this season.

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Delhi Capitals have failed to perform as per their potential to ensure their place in the playoffs. DC are miles away from consistency. They haven’t performed as a unit. In the previous match, DC went down by six runs in a nail-biting finish against Lucknow Super Giants. Besides Shardul Thakur, none of the other bowlers impressed. Most of the batsmen in the franchise are struggling to emerge as match winners.

Both teams have several issues to sort out before today’s crucial match. SRH must look at their winning streak formula once more.

Brabourne, a lucky ground for both sides

Brabourne Stadium has proved a lucky ground for DC so far, as the team registered three victories out of four in the season at this stadium. SRH are not far behind, having won both their outings on this ground. The pitch at Brabourne Stadium seems to be spin-friendly. Therefore, spinners are expected to play a crucial role in tonight’s encounter.

Umran Malik’s extra pace may be a lethal weapon against some of DC’s power-hitters. Their enormous battle would be a treat to watch. Prithvi Shaw has to negotiate with the swing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He was dismissed twice and scored at a rate of just over a run-a-ball against Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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Most of the time, the coin spins in favour of Kane Williamson, as he won eight out of nine tosses this season.

Rishabh Pant, the young captain of DC, has to keep his nerves and boost the morale of his teammates. Currently, the Delhi Capitals are struggling and lack consistency. The team is in the 7th spot in the points table.

Both sides have a mixture of young and experienced players. It’s going to be another seesaw battle in tonight’s fixture. It is a 50-50 chance. Surely, cricket fans have another opportunity to watch some thrilling battles between bat and ball. Be ready for today’s match.

Wasim Haque

 

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