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Two team with 18 points were up playing the Qualifier 1, while the third is left behind for the eliminator against SRH who qualified with 12 points. That’s some misfortune for the Delhiites this year. As Vizag gears up to host its first IPL match of the season, it’ll be interesting to see how both teams adapt to these foreign conditions. Delhi and Hyderabad have quite contrasting gameplay. While the former banks on its middle order to deliver, the later has been pretty sturdy and resilient at the top. The bowling departments look much even too as Delhi’s Boult and Axar have Hyderabad’s Bhuvi and Rashid for counter. Ishant Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed also add valuable support for their respective teams.
Likely Playing XIs:
Wriddhiman Saha(w), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Vizag has not being a high scoring T20 venue, but with the class and abilities at hand, a thrilling contest awaits. Yes, there have been setbacks for both the teams, but the stepping up of veterans to the cause has been mighty impressive. Where Williamson and Pandey made up for the tremendous Warner-Bairstow losses, Boult was seen cashing in on his opportunities after Rabada’s injury. The toss might well play an important role, but it’s rather critical to play free, fair and bold. The loser crashes out of the tournament, and the winner takes on Chennai Super Kings at the very venue in a day’s time.
Winner Predictions: Delhi Capitals