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Kapila: “10 Internationals in DC’s lineup !”
5.45pm With the first ball just 15 minutes away, let Sreshth know what you think of the XIs.
With Capitals bowling first, wonder what their veteran offspinner Ashwin’s record is in Dubai? Ah, simply Ask Cricinfo. Some really impressive figures there.
5.30pm So the news is that Sunrisers opt to bat after winning the toss. Williamson: “Good surface… make use of the conditions first up. For us it a chance to regroup… we want to put in a more focused performance. Warner, Holder, Rashid and myself are the overseas players. Delhi are a very strong side.” Pant: “Absolutely fine fielding first. We would have bowled first anyway. We are just looking to focus… and take one match at a time. Nortje, Rabada, Hetmyer and Stoinis are our overseas players. Ashwin in, instead of Lalit”
Sunrisers: 1 David Warner, 2 Wriddhiman Saha, 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Abdul Samad, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Khaleel Ahmed
Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan
Himanshu Patra: “If I was kane Williamson, I would have unleashed Jason Roy today. The conditions will suit his style of play. Is there a chance that he would play?” — Although Roy has been fantastic for England, I think the only challenge would be the restriction of playing only four overseas players in the XI. Williamson and Rashid are certainties, and with Holder and Nabi bringing in all-round skills, one of them is sure to play. The fourth spot, well, in all probability would go to Warner.
Kevin Pietersen says during the pitch report that the surface is unchanged from last night. He reckons the pace of Rabada and Nortje can make all the difference here, and suggests bowling first after winning the toss.
Tanish: “Who would be your pick between Smith and Hetmyer?” — I would definitely pick Hetmyer. Smith takes a while to get going, and allowing him to consume a lot of deliveries from No. 3 would mean hurting the team’s cause.
5.15pm Can Warner the player resuscitate Sunrisers, and his form? Can he make up for Bairstow’s absence? Hemant Brar thinks he will be expected to lead a revival.
Megha: “I really hoped Shreyas to be back as the captain. Bit harsh on him by delhi capitals management” — I would guess the idea is to get him gradually back to cricket, with him having spent time out injured. Nevertheless, Ponting believes Iyer’s return “makes the make-up of our team look more complete”.
Rifat Bin Jamal: “Last time in UAE, Shaw saw the bad time of ever in his life. Now, coming after a brilliant first half in India. Let’s see Shaw can retain those forms or not.” — But his coach Ponting would be happy that he is at least hitting the nets now!
vk: “My playing XI for Sunrisers had Natarajan, but now who will replace him? Warner, saha, kane, manish, kedar jadav, abdul samad, Jason Holder, Rashid khan, Bhuvi, Khaleel Ahmad, thampi/kaul. Tough selection for SRH” — Even Sandeep Sharma is one to be considered in the XI.
5pm That said, why not get up to speed with Sruthi Ravindranath’s preview for the day? While Sunrisers will want Warner back and firing, Capitals have been boosted by the return of
their captain Shreyas Iyer.
While we wait for the toss and the two sides, why not use the time to make your fantasy XI? We are backing Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant to deliver.
Zahid Mahmood: “Waiting to see Williamson special”
Sunrisers are right at the bottom of the points table with just a solitary win from seven games, which means the most they can get to is 16 points from here. That would need a near miracle, having to win all of their remaining seven matches. Contrastingly, Capitals are making merry at No. 2 with 12 points already. Anyone expecting some late Sunrisers magic?
4.45pm So we are getting a game. A Covid scare after T Natarajan tested positive doesn’t stop the action from unfolding in Dubai this evening. Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad all set to get the ball rolling really soon.