Delhi v Hyderabad: Capitals to capitalise against unbalanced Sunrisers

The Delhi Capitals can make it three from three and South African paceman Anrich Nortje can be the main man with the ball for them, says Jamie Pacheco...

"Delhi are two from two against a side yet to win in two and that means the former will be high on confidence filled with players eager to express themselves, the latter may be a bit edgy after those defeats and still searching for the right combination."

Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Tuesday 29 September, 15:00
Live on Sky Sports Cricket

Will Delhi mess with a winning team?

Delhi are two from two. In the first game, they needed a massive meltdown from the Kings XI to get over the line, and a Super Over after that.

In the second they were just far too good for the Chennai Super Kings with both bat and ball. Their 175/3 was certainly above par and the fact they restricted the great Chennai Super Kings to just 131/7 suggests they're not as badly-balanced as some might think, with their bowlers more than backing up the men who had got them into a winning position.

On this occasion it was mostly Privthi Shaw who did the damage with an excellent 64 off 43 with both Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant offereing good support. The fact that neither of those two has really come to the party suggests there's plenty more to come from this side.

They're unlikely to tinker with a winning side but I'm just wondering if they really need Shimron Hetmyer in there at the moment. When you've got the three we've already mentioned plus Shriya Iyer and Marcus Stoinis as well, do they really need another overseas batsman in the side?

They could bring in Sandeep Lamichhane for the Windies left-hander and really strengthen their bowling. Let's see if the Capitals management see things that way.

Possible XI: Shaw, Dhawan, Iyer, Hetmyer, Pant, Stoinis, Patel, Mishra, Rabada, Nortje, Khan.

Plenty for Warner to think about

Plenty for the Sunrisers to think about. After a meltdown against Bangalore in the first game chasing a gettable score, they put in a really bizarre performance with the bat against Kolkata on Saturday.

I mean, what sort of score is 142/4 batting first? Either they (wrongly) thought that was a competitive total or too many batsmen were a bit too worried about getting some runs to their name and not worried enough about getting those runs quickly.

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They made what I consider the right move in bringing ion Mohammad Nabi for the injured Mitch Marsh and he made just the sort of all-round contribution you'd want from a player like him- 11 not out off 8 with the bat and four overs going for just 23 runs.

The problem Hyderabad may have is that though all overseas players - David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Nabi and Rashid Khan - are all brilliant players who will shine sooner or later, maybe this year their local players aren't any great shakes.

Possible XI: Warner, Bairstow, Pandey, Saha, Nabi, Sharma, Garg, Rashid Khan, Kumar, Natarajan, Ahmed.

Delhi very much the pick

The market is finding it impossible to split the pair, but I'm not sure why.

It's true that the Sunrisers have won this fixture nine times to Delhi's six over the years but I think that's just about the only thing they have going for them. And even then, I'd question how relevant that head-to-head record is, especially given that this IPL is in the UAE.

Delhi are two from two against a side yet to win in two and that means the former will be high on confidence filled with players eager to express themselves, the latter may be a bit edgy after those defeats and still searching for the right combination.

Maybe that all sounds a little too simplistic but when you add the fact the Capitals look far better balanced and better suited to either bowling first or batting first (than the Sunrisers who look much better suited to chasing) and I think the price on Delhi making it three in a row is a decent one.

Nortje can deliver this time

I was pretty annoyed that we didn't come good with our wager on Anrich Nortje last time out. He took two wickets which would very often be enough to win the heat and almost always enough for some sort of dead heat. But not this time because Kasigo Rabada popped up at the end to take the wickets of MS Dhoni and Ravi Jadeja to pip us on the line.


Unlucky but that certainly doesn't make it a bad bet. You can read about how Nortje's strike rate isn't too far hind that of Rabada yet he's consistently a considerably bigger price. It's 10/3 plays 15/8 (Rabada) and I think this might be a two-horse race all season. If that's the case, I'll always go with the bigger-priced player.

Dhawan's day?

The Delhi Capitals top bat market is one of the most open betting heats you'll see all season and that's a pretty good reason to not be too desperate to get involved in it.

Instead, I may be tempted to go with Shikhar Dhawan to get to 50. He's one of the tournament's real class acts and one of those players who never goes too long without a decent score. He's ranked fourth for most IPL fifties with 37 and could be about to make it 38 at a decent price of 3/1.

Jamie's 2020 IPL P&L

Staked: 5pts
Returned: 4pts
P&L:-1 pt

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