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IPL 2019 Eliminator DC vs SRH Preview: Can Delhi rise against Hyderabad?

Delhi would look to exploit the weakness in Hyderabad's batting, while the latter would look to strike early and break Delhi's momentum

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IPL 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad will miss the services of David Warner in crucial IPL game. Photo: PTI

In the eliminator of VIVO 2019 (IPL 2019), will face at the in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The winner of the match will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings at same venue in qualifier 2 on Friday. While Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi has a strong batting line-up with Shikhar Dhawan, and in the top order. Hyderabad boasts a strong bowling attack with the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, young pacer Khaleel Ahmed and the spin duo from Afghanistan, and in their playing 11. The match is crucial as any mistake at this stage will result in elimination. Delhi skipper said the teams'prolific run in the league matches is "all in the past, and we are now really looking forward to the eliminator."

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"It is going to be an amazing challenge against SRH. They have an incredible team, and at no point will it be easy for us. The team is pumped up, and is looking forward to the match tomorrow,” Iyer said on Wednesday.
“We know that we have made history, we have qualified for the playoffs after seven years. It doesn’t mean that we have to change anything or start something new. We have to believe in ourselves and in our ability to win the match and secure our place in the next match,” he added.

Delhi would look to exploit the weakness in Hyderabad's batting, while the latter would look to strike early and break Delhi's momentum.
At this stage, both the teams would shy away from changes in the playing 11, but the pitch in Vizag has been favourable to spinners.
It could be a low-scoring affair but the stadium may hold surprises.
The two teams defeated each other in their respective away matches this season and it was SRH who won the first match in Delhi when they beat the Capitals by 5 wickets. However, made a comeback in the away leg after they took 8 wickets for just 15 runs to restrict SRH to 116 all out and win the match by 39 runs.
The two teams have previously faced each other on 14 occasions in IPL history. While have won 9 matches, Delhi have only five wins.
Delhi Capitals Team News: 

defeated Rajasthan Royals in their last league match but this exposed a weak link in the otherwise strong team. Playing at the home ground in Ferozshah Kotla, the team restricted Rajasthan to 115/8 in 20 overs. However, the chase was not easy as Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and the skipper were dismissed early. Rishabh Pant's 53 helped the team avoid defeat.
A silver lining for Delhi is their record in away matches. Although the side will miss the services of Kagiso Rabada, who has scalped maximum wickets in IPL 2019, they have the experience of Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult and Amit Mishra.
IPL 2019, Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. Photo: PTI
Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford have been handy in middle overs, while Axar Patel will have to restrict batsmen from scoring to build some pressure.
“It has been a great tournament for us so far. We have managed to win nine matches in total, and have only lost five matches which have also been close encounters. Majority of the wins have also been convincing from the team, and I am really happy with the way the team has stepped up to the occasion," said on Thursday.
Delhi have a problem. If one or two wickets fall early, the side just collapses. Although the side were able to avoid it in their last match, Hyderabad bowlers would look to exploit this weakness.

Overall, Delhi will have to show a mature game to handle the pressure of a high-stake match.
Team News:
Manish Pandey and Martin Guptill have been able to fill the void left by David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to some extent.
Wriddhiman Saha is in good touch and skipper scored unbeaten 70 runs in the lost cause against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last league match.
Williamson's form is a good sign for the team as the captain struggled to put runs on board after he returned from injury.
Vijay Shankar and Yusuf Pathan will be key players in the middle, but the two have not had a great season so far.
The team will rely on and for their all-rounder skills.
If Khaleel Ahmed picks one or two early wickets, it would ease off pressure from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Basil Thampi.

DC and Prediction: 
DC Playing 11: Shreyas Iyer (c), (wk), Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Sherfane Rutherford
SRH Playing 11: (c), Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed

IPL 2019, Eliminator: DC vs SRH Live streaming details
Date and Day: May 8, 2019, Wednesday.
Place: ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Time: 7:30 pm IST
DC vs SRH match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary. One can also live stream the DC vs SRH 2019 IPL match on Hotstar app and Tatasky app. The fans can also watch in-depth analysis of live match on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD.

DC and SRH squads: 
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem.


First Published: Tue, May 07 2019. 23:09 IST