Two sides who made this far riding on terrific form of two players, face each other in the absence of those players. And at the stake is a place in IPL 2019’s second qualifier. David Warner’s batting blitz kept SRH strong in IPL season 12 while it was Kagiso Rabada’s sensational pace bowling that allowed Delhi to dismantle opponents.
But with both of them gone, it will be interesting to see how these teams cope up at the most challenging phase of IPL, the play-offs.
Manish Pandey has scored runs in the last few games and Kane Williamson too had a good game. This will please SRH management but they need their number five and six to step up. The bowling though is in good hands with Rashid, Khaleel and Bhuvi making strong statements.
The trio of Dhawan, Iyer and Pant has done a commendable job but so far the trouble for Delhi is the lack of runs from their overseas batsmen. However the biggest challenge for them right now is to balance the bowling attack in Rabada’s absence.
Ishant Sharma has been impressive in the Powerplays and the spin department has done well too but Trent Boult hasn’t looked at his best so far.
Khaleel Ahmed has played just eight games in IPL season 12 but he has quickly emerged as SRH’s highest wicket-taker with 17 wickets. His strike-rate of 11.2 has been impressive and it will be interesting to see how he fares against the top four Indian batsmen of Delhi.
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After a terrific start to IPL 2019, Rishabh Pant had a lukewarm phase but he has revived his form by hammering two fifties in his last four innings. And he has a good record against SRH. He averages a whopping 46.50 and has a towering strike rate of 154.14.