Delhi Capitals won the toss and elected to bat first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. David Warner will be returning to his former home ground in Hyderabad and will be player to watch out for in this game. The DC skipper made many changes to their lineup bringing in exciting middle order batter Sarfaraz Khan and Ripal Patel. Prithvi Shaw was axed from the playing 11.
Why is Prithvi Shaw not playing today?
Prithvi Shaw has had a very disappointing IPL this year. The Mumbai opener has scored just 47 runs in 6 innings at a strike rate of 117. Time was running for Shaw and the management made the right decision to drop him. In his absence, Phil Salt will likely open with David Warner and Mitchell Marsh at 3 with Sarfaraz Khan at 4 or 5. This gives stability to the DC batting order and strengthens their middle order.
What did the captains say at the toss?
Aiden Markram: We would have bowled first, not too unhappy. The surface shouldn’t get worse. It’s an important game for us, we need to start getting points on the board. We are looking forward to the challenge. Should be a good game of cricket . There’s one change within the sixteen. Nitish Reddy gets into the 16 – bowling all-rounder for us. In terms of our batting, it has been up and down but we’ve made a conscious decision to pick a top six/seven that We are going to hopefully back for the remaining games. Looks good, pretty similar to the Mumbai game. Plenty runs there, hopefully we can deliver a good performance.
David Warner: We are gonna bat first. Looks a nice surface, has a nice even sheen to it. If you put a nice total, you can defend it. It’s about being consistent. We got to start well in the first 6 with bat and ball. My mindset is to thank the crowd, they’ve been a great support. For me, it’s about entertaining them. Absolutely love this venue, I owe it to the fans. Sarfaraz Khan comes in and Ripal Patel is in. I owe it to the curator, you have to start well.
Playing XI of both teams
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Abhishek Sharma, Harry Brook, Aiden Markram(c), Mayank Agarwal, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Marco Jansen, Washington Sundar, Mayank Markande, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): David Warner(c), Philip Salt(w), Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, Sarfaraz Khan, Axar Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Ripal Patel, Anrich Nortje, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma
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