The second phase of IPL 2021 has just been started and once again covid has made it unwanted presence, as T. Natarajan of Sunrisers Hyderabad has been tested positive this evening and is currently isolating. 6 other members from SRH camp, including all-rounder Vijay Shankar and practice bowler Periyasamy Ganesan have been found in closed contacts with Natarajan, and they are also isolating. However, match will go ahead on its time.
SRH are going to miss the services of their star batsman Jonny Bairstow, as he opted to not participate in the UAE leg of IPL 2021, as he has been their top performing player in first leg of IPL 2021. This season has not gone well for SRH, currently they are sitting at the bottom of points table. Earlier in first leg, SRH gave captaincy to Kane Williamson from David Warner. Warner also lost his place in playing XI due to his poor form in first leg IPL 2021. This time, with Bairstow not playing Warner might get a chance to play. The squad has already lost their key bowler Natarajan, who was founded covid positive this evening, with Vijay Shankar also isolating SRH might face difficulty to find their best eleven.
David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Jagadeesha Suhchith, Abdul Samad, Mohamad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
This might be the season of Delhi Capitals, considering their squad depth. With Shreyash Iyer returning from injury Dc’s middle order looks solid. DC has performed quite well in Rishabh Pant’s captaincy, in 8 matches DC are currently 2nd on the points table. The deadly combination of Kagiso Rabad and Anrich Nortje can destroy any kind of batting order. With spin duo of R Ashwin and Axar Patel this DC team looks so balanced. However the only problem DC has got is that, with Iyer back in team where will they play Steve Smith.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel/Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan
SRH has got the edge over DC with 11 wins in 19 matches, while DC winning only 8.
Players to watch-out for:
Shreyash Iyer: After returning from injury Iyer will be very important for DC, considering he is no more the captain of team.
David Warner: Warner might get to play today’s game, earlier in season he didn’t much with the bat. It will be interesting to see how he performs today.
Kagiso Rabada: South African pacer is the most reliable bowler Dc have got, his battle with Warner will a thing to watch
R Ashwin: In first leg of IPL 2021, Ashwin did quite well for DC, this time T 20 World Cup scheduled to be in the UAE, everyone will definitely look forward to bowl him.
Bhubaneshwar Kumar: With recovering from injury and also getting a place in T20 World Cup team, Bhubaneshwar will one of the five to watch.
The match starts at 7:30 pm IST on Star Sports Network and streaming platform Disney plus Hotstar.