Both sides will be aiming to do well with the ball. Whichever team bats better on the day will win. We feel DC will get the job done. They have a better balance.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness Delhi Capitals take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 32 on Wednesday. The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium. DC are placed second in the table after Chennai Super Kings enjoyed a massive victory over Mumbai Indians on Sunday to go top on the basis of NRR. However, DC can reclaim the top spot by beating bottom-placed SRH.

DC have played eight games and open their campaign in the second phase of the tournament. They have 12 points so far. Meanwhile, SRH picked up just one win from seven games in the first phase back in India and need to win almost every game to stand an outside chance of qualification for the playoffs.

The Capitals have a solid side on offer and the return of Shreyas Iyer has just bolstered the already heavy batting unit. DC are spoiled for choices but will take the route that looks settled. They have an established batting unit and the bowling is also well-stocked. DC are the team to beat and SRH have a massive task ahead of them.

With the absence of Jonny Bairstow, SRH’s already fragile batting unit has been jolted further. David Warner, Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey are the only notable batsmen who will need to score the bulk of runs. The middle-order is questionable and there is no proper finisher in the side. SRH’s bowling is solid but that won’t win them matches every time.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).

Here’s the preview

The issue in the first phase for SRH was the lack of finishing games by the batters. They faced consistent collapses from promising positions. Williamson needs to bat till the very end and the team should revolve around him. SRH played a poor brand of cricket and that’s something they need to brush off and start fresh. Rashid Khan has been the best bowler for SRH this season claiming 10 wickets already at a minimal economy rate of 6.14. All eyes will be on senior Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. These two are the best weapons for SRH against a solid DC batting.

For DC, Dhawan holds a lot of importance. Their aggression and positivity are factors that have worked for him. He is the top scorer in IPL 2021. Iyer’s return is a major plus and with Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, and Marcus Stoinis in the ranks, DC’s batting order cannot get any better. Steve Smith is an option as well. With the ball, DC have the desired firepower with Kagiso Rabada leading the line alongside Avesh Khan, who has been superb with 14 scalps. Axar Patel’s spin in the middle overs would be handy.

Probable playing XIs: DC vs SRH

Delhi probable playing XI:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

SRH probable playing XI:

David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Sherfane Rutherford, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant

All-rounders: Vijay Shankar, Marcus Stoinis

Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kagiso Rabada

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis

Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kagiso Rabada

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

Shikhar Dhawan is a must in the line-up. He has been in top form across the last three seasons. The IPL 2021 has gone well for Dhawan, who has already chipped in with several match-winning scores. He is DC’s main weapon.

Kane Williamson is another solid option. He knows the situation well and brings a certain sense of element to the SRH unit. His presence brings calmness and solidity to the Orange Army.

In the bowling department, Rashid Khan and Avesh Khan are certain choices that need to be made. Both have been solid performers and hold the cards.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices

Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan has been top-notch for DC and the manner in which he has timed the ball has been exquisite. He has been aggressive rather than just hanging around. He has scored the bulk of DC’s runs and the performances have been of utmost significance. He has 380 runs at 54.28.

Rashid Khan: The Afghan spinner can get you the desired wickets in the game and is SRH’s best bowler. His tight spells and ability to come in and play some boundaries with the bat makes him a certainly feasible option as captain.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Williamson is a sound option. He has 128 runs from four games and has the best score of 66*. Avesh Khan can be an option as well. With 14 wickets from eight games, Avesh is a handy customer. He will be aiming to do well.

Other choices: Kagiso Rabada, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch in Dubai is expected to be sluggish as the game progresses. Pacers will have the fizz early on and as seen in the CSK vs MI match, bowling in good areas will get the pacers wickets. As the match progresses, things get a bit slow. For batsmen, the application will be key. Spinners will be in the game as well.

Dubai Stats

Anything within the 160-165 mark will be a tough prospect for teams batting second. Having said that, batsmen need to be wary in the middle and death overs with things slowing down.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 19 occasions. SRH have won 11 games and DC have pocketed the remaining 8.

Match prediction

Both sides will be aiming to do well with the ball. Whichever team bats better on the day will win. We feel DC will get the job done. They have a better balance.

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