Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 50 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday.

Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 50 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday. DC are placed 7th with five wins and five losses from 10 games. SRH are fourth with 5 wins and 4 losses from 9 games.

This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.

Analysis of DC

After defeating KKR, the Capitals suffered a defeat versus LSG. The match went down to the wire. DC need a response and beating a solid SRH side will help them big time. What DC need is consistency and the players will want to step up. Batting wise, things revolve around David Warner. Mitchell Marsh has given fiery starts but has lacked continuity in terms of a big innings. Rishabh Pant and Rovman Powell will aim to provide fireworks.

In terms of bowling, DC are well stocked and crafted. Kuldeep Yadav has done really well so far and has been amongst the wickets. The left-arm spinner will be aiming to continue the good work. In Mustafizur Rahman, DC have a seasoned international performer. There are options between Chetan Sakariya and Khaleel Ahmed. DC may want to bring in Anrich Nortje. Shardul Thakur is there as well.

Analysis of SRH

SRH have played a quality brand of cricket of late. After five wins, they were on the verge of sealing a sixth win too but GT were a different breed. Post that, they were beaten by CSK. SRH, like DC, have to bounce back. The Kane Williamson-led side has what it takes to come up trumps with the bat. The desired personnel are there on offer and one needs execution.

SRH have a quality bowling attack and the idea will be to stick to the basics. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Marco Jansen, and Umran Malik are all delivering the goods as a unit. Malik, in particular, has been in top gear. Not only is he bowling fast but 15 wickets this season, including a fifer has shown he might don the Indian jersey soon. The return of Washington Sundar boosts SRH.

Head-to-head record

Both teams have faced each other on 20 occasions in the IPL. SRH have pocketed a win on 11 occasions, while DC have won 9 times. DC had won both their matches against SRH in the last edition of IPL.

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What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman/Anrich Nortje, Chetan Sakariya/Khaleel Ahmed

SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Makram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan

Which team is the predicted winner?

We feel SRH are the favourites here. They have what it takes to beat the Capitals. DC have been far too inconsistent and the batting can be questionable.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

Brabourne has been a mixed bag. The wicket has averaged close to 153 in the first innings (last five matches). Both pacers and spinners have done reasonably well. The side chasing has won three of the last five outings.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 3:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Pant has scored 2,732 runs and can surpass Yuvraj Singh’s mark of 2,750. Williamson has 2,080 runs in the IPL, including 489 versus DC. He is therefore closing in on the 500-run mark versus DC.

The major bowling stats on offer

Kuldeep and Natarajan have 17 wickets each this season and can get to the 20-wicket mark, surpassing Chahal (19). Shardul Thakur (74) can surpass Munaf Patel (74) and L Balaji (75) in terms of IPL scalps.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Aiden Markram

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, T Natarajan

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma

All-rounders: Axar Patel

Bowlers: M Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, T Natarajan, Umran Malik

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices

David Warner: The Aussie has an average of excess of 40-plus this season and is batting well at this moment. He can lift DC once again after going dud in the previous tie.

Nicholas Pooran: The West Indian is getting to his groove and a sound show after a fifty last game is what Pooran will want yet again.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

T Natarajan: The pacer has 17 wickets so far and is back to his best. Expect him to trouble the DC batters. He will be expected to dish out accuracy.

Kuldeep Yadav: The left-arm spinner has found his confidence back and the performances have been telling on the field. He has made good returns this season. 

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