Finally, the second phase of IPL 2021 started on Sunday, with Chennai beating the mighty Mumbai Indians. Now the fans will be glued to the TV screens for the battle between David and Goliath. The table-toppers Delhi Capitals are set to take on the bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 22nd September. Will there be another super-over finish like the last time these sides met?
Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 33rd Match IPL 2021
Team News for Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals missed their captain Shreyas Iyer throughout the first half. But stand-in captain Rishabh Pant did an excellent job to keep Capitals on the top. Delhi Capitals won 6 of their 8 games to be at the top spot when the IPL halted.
Delhi’s opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithwi Shaw are all set to repeat the heroics from the first half. The left and right-hand combo have scored 688 runs for Delhi in 8 matches this season.
Pacer Avesh Khan, who has taken 14 wickets so far, will lead the bowling unit along with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Amit Mishra’s recovery from injury must have given a boost to the Delhi camp.
Likely playing 11 of Delhi Capitals
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan
Team News for Sunrisers Hyderabad
After finishing the last 5 seasons in the playoffs (with one title), no one imagined Sunrisers to slump to the bottom in IPL 2021. Sunrisers have managed a solitary win in 7 matches so far. The unavailability of their leading run-scorer, Jonny Bairstow, will make it more difficult for them to rise in the second half.
Three-time orange cap holder David Warner will be the key for Sunrisers in UAE. They have no option but to play him after keeping him out for the seventh game. Bairstow’s replacement, Sherfane Rutherford, looks promising, and he recently finished CPL with 262 runs in 10 games. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan will lead the bowling unit with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan, who missed most of the first half with an injury. Natarajan's bowling at the death could be the key for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Likely playing 11 of Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natrajan, Khaleel Ahmed
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch has a lot of grass, and this will make it easier for the pacers to get wickets in the powerplay. The shorter boundaries offer some relief to the batters, and they will be looking to hit some big sixes. The weather is clear but hot on the match day, with temperatures rising up to 37 degrees.
Betting Predictions for Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 33rd Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction
Delhi Capitals have built an Alexandrian squad that keeps on winning and winning. Their form from the last season has continued this season with the added artillery. When it comes to the head-to-head track record, Sunrisers have won 11 of the 19 games played against the Capitals. But it’s not the same anymore. The Capitals have won their last two games against the Sunrisers, with one in the super over.
Bet365 has favoured Delhi Capitals at odds of 1.66. Openers Shaw and Dhawan have shown classic examples of how to pace an innings this season, which has helped Delhi win 5 of their games by keeping a minimum of 6 wickets in hand. Plus, Sunrisers' poor form will make it easier for Delhi Capitals to win the game.
Winner: Delhi Capitals (1.66)
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35 of the 62 matches have been won by the team batting first. Even current champions Mumbai Indians found it difficult against Chennai on Sunday. Therefore, teams should bat first after winning the toss. Betway is offering the odds of 1.90 on both teams to win the toss.
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Top Batsman for Delhi Capitals
Shikhar Dhawan should be the unanimous pick from Delhi to be the top batsman. With three half-centuries, Dhawan is currently leading the most runs table with 380 runs. He recently led India on the Sri Lanka tour, where he finished as the leading run-scorer in T20Is and second in the ODIs. There shall be no stopping him against the Sunrisers.
Top Batsman for Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan (3.00)
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