In an important match in IPL 2020 today, Sunrisers Hyderabad plays Delhi Capitals in Dubai. More than for Delhi, this match holds more significance for Sunrisers Hyderabad who now has to win all their matches to reach 14 points. Losing today would mean they will almost be eliminated from the competition. However, other results can still help them in qualification even after 12 points.
Delhi will be eying a top 2 spot and that’s why they’d love to win this contest. Going by the current form, they’re firm favorites while going by the head to head record which holds very little significance, SRH has 10-6 edge over their opponents. However, we take a look at three players battle we should look forward to in this game again.
David Warner vs Anrich Nortje
A lot will say David Warner vs Kagiso Rabada will be a more thrilling battle which might well be true but Warner vs Nortje is definitely an underrated one in the context of the game. Warner loves pace and Nortje provides it. Nortje also loves a battle and we saw that in the spell he bowled to Jos Buttler the other day.
Warner has played Nortje considerably well and you’d expect that from a batsman of his class. In the first round, he faced 7 balls of him where he scored 14 runs without getting dismissed. He has an excellent record against Nortje in ODIs and T20Is too and Nortje would love to tilt the records towards him a little bit. There is no secret that the duo of Warner and Bairstow will go hard while facing the new ball as that will be the best chance for batsmen to score in Dubai and that’d mean Nortje too will have a great chance to get either Warner or Bairstow out.
Rishabh Pant vs Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan had dismissed Pant at a very crucial stage when these two teams had met for the first time. Even though Pant has a good record against Khan, he hasn’t played like his usual self in this competition. Getting dropped from the Indian team might motivate him to play freely in the upcoming IPL matches. Pant has scored 57 runs against Rashid Khan in 46 balls and he has got out to him twice including the one in the earlier game. As the pitch has gradually become slower and slower, Rashid has started to come into play more and if Delhi has to counter his spin threat, Pant will have to play a key role along with Iyer.