IPL 2019 Eliminator, DC vs SRH: Delhi eye crucial win in unfamiliar territory

first_imgIPL 2019 Eliminator, DC vs SRH: Delhi eye crucial win in unfamiliar territoryDelhi Capitals, who have made the playoffs of IPL after 6 long years, are starting favourites against former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 Eliminator in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The winner of the tie will face Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 on Friday.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 13:30 IST Delhi Capitals start as the overwhelming favourites in the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals will be playing their 1st playoff match in IPL since 2012DC and SRH finished with a 4-point difference at the end of the league stagesSRH have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in the lead up to the playoffsA change in name has worked wonders for Delhi Capitals. The Daredevils weren’t really daredevils when it came to Indian Premier League performances in the past.However, the Capitals ended Delhi’s 6-year long drought for a place in the playoffs by finishing in top 4 at the end of the league stage of IPL 2019.Delhi Capitals have never reached the final of IPL and if they are to buck the trend they have to work doubly harder than the other two teams who had finished with 18 points in the league stages.While Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians made the Qualifier 1 with 18 points, Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator on Wednesday due to their inferior net run rate. An 80-run defeat to CSK in their penultimate league game made the difference. Nonetheless, if you are a Delhi Capitals fan, you would take it, wouldn’t you?Delhi Capitals though start as the overwhelming favourites in the Eliminator. Led by young Shreyas Iyer, Delhi have relied on batting firepower and Kagiso Rabada’s fiery spells to emerge as one of the favourites.Training. Preparing. Perfecting.The DC boys have sweated it out in the nets and can’t wait for the Eliminator vs SRH today #DCvSRH #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #IPL #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/Y4A8yVXdyIDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 8, 2019Shikhar Dhawan, who made his move from Sunrisers Hyderabad to Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2019, has been in fine form for them. Scoring 486 runs from 14 matches, the India opener has been consistent throughout the season at the top even as young Prithvi Shaw has failed to live up to expectations.advertisementWith 259 runs in 6 #VIVOIPL games, @SDhawan25 has the highest run tally by any player at #Vizag!Dilliwalon, kal ke Eliminator mein kya hoga Gabbar ka score? #DCvSRH #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/ag1waUtOU9Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 7, 2019Shreyas Iyer has been another major highlight of Delhi’s batting performances. The skipper has scored 442 runs from 14 matches. Explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, despite lacking last year’s consistency, has pitched in with a few match-winning cameos.At the start of the season, Delhi Capitals were hurt by frequent batting collapses but the senior campaigners in the team have been able to take more responsibility while the likes of Colin Ingram and Axar Patel have made handy contributions as well. The presence of Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly at the dugout has also helped them immensely.While their batting looks solid, Kagiso Rabada’s absence has come as a huge blow to their bowling department. The South African pacer still holds the Purple Cap with 25 wickets from 12 matches but was ruled out of the remainder of the season due to a back injury.Ishant Sharma showed glimpses of a return to peak form in their five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals and the India pacer will lead the pace attack which also has the likes of Chris Morris, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford.Delhi Capitals also have the luxury to employ a spin-dominant attack but that will depend solely on the Vizag pitch. Amit Mishra and Axar Patel have been standout performers, the availability of Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane gives them the extra flexibility.”I’ll just go for a wicket” – @MishiAmit talked about preparations for the Eliminator when we caught up with him last eveningShow your support for Mishi bhai, machao roar #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #DCvSRH #IPL #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/FHA17KXfL5Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 8, 2019On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad, who became the first IPL team to qualify for the playoffs with just 12 points, need to step up if they are to live to fight another day.It’s time for the playoffs and the boys have trained hard under the lights. Check these clicks from our training session at Vizag. #OrangeArmy #SunRisers #SRH #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/DUE2Y8u9yASunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 8, 2019Sunrisers were outclassed by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final league game and are heading into the knockout match in Visakhapatnam on the back of four defeats in their last five matches.The absence of David Warner, the Orange Cap holder, and Jonny Bairstow has hurt the team but Kane Williamson’s return to form will give Sunrisers Hyderabad a big boost. All eyes will be on in-form Manish Pandey as he will be expected to do the bulk of scoring batting at No.3 yet again.Ready to head out all guns blazing! @Martyguptill #OrangeArmy #SRH #SunRisers #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/EeAhjwrk5JSunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 7, 2019The middle order has been a concern with all-rounder Vijay Shankar and Yusuf Pathan struggling to get going but Sunrisers bowling unit is seemingly peaking at the right time and it is capable of making it up for the misfiring batting group.advertisementWhile Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shone with the ball in Bengaluru on Saturday, Afghanistan super Rashid Khan loves delivering on the big stages.Sunrisers have been here and done this before and the experience that they possess may help them overcome recent struggles against a relatively young Delhi Capitals side, which is in uncharted territory.Also Read | Both teams missing key players, it’s well-matched encounter: Shreyas IyerAlso Read | Riyan Parag to Alzarri Joseph: Youngsters who brought IPL 2019 aliveAlso Read | IPL 2019: Warner, Rabada and Russell chart-toppers after league stageAlso Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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