In the nine matches that have been played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, the teams scored more than 170 runs on only two occasions. On this pitch, the batsmen have so far had to go through a rigorous examination. On such a wicket, ‘power hitting’ has proved to be significant and in such a situation, the ability of the Delhi captain to play long shots will prove to be important here. Shikhar Dhawan is in good form but Prithvi Shaw has not been able to run after the first match but batsmen depending on timing may have to struggle here instead of strength. In such a situation, Pant’s responsibility increases.
Hyderabad have played all four of their matches in Chennai and now they are aware of the nature of this wicket. The proof of this is a nine-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in the last match after three consecutive defeats. Sunrisers lack strong Indian players but the inclusion of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the playing XI balances his batting. T Natarajan has been out due to injury and Manish Pandey has been able to score at a strike rate of 112. In such a situation, more responsibility has been placed on foreign players Warner, Johnny Bairstow, Williamson and Rashid.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid has again shown consistency in his performance and his match against Pant is likely to be interesting. Bowling is the weaker side of the Sunrisers as none of Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul and all-rounder Vijay Shankar have been able to leave an impact. In this way, after taking eight overs from Rashid and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Delhi will have 12 overs in which he can concentrate on scoring a good score. Delhi’s bowling is strong. For him, Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling has been a matter of concern but he is hopeful that Chepak’s slow wicket will be more than the flat wicket of Mumbai.Also read:
The teams are as follows:
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Enrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan , Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddartha, Tom Karen, Sam Billings.
Sunirajers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Kane Williamson, Johnny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami, Riddhiman Saha, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Sandeep Sharma, Khalil Ahmed, Siddartha Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagdish Suchit, Kedar Jadhav, Mujib-ur-Rehman.