IPL 2020 | SRH vs DC: SWOT Analysis

DC could be the first team to qualify for play-offs | IPL 2020 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals: SWOT Analysis

Sunrisers Hyderabad face Delhi Capitals in match 47 of the Indian Premier League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad with skipper David Warner celebrates the wicket of Dinesh Karthik of Kolkata Knight Riders during their Indian Premier League 2020 cricket match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Saturday, Sept. 26,2020. Credit: PTI Photo/Sportzpics for BCCI

The Sunrisers Hyderabad face the Delhi Capitals in match 47 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. Here is the analysis: 

The SWOT for SRH

Strengths: David Warner has immense IPL experience and Jonny Bairstow is a match-winner. Kane Williamson is one of the best modern-day batsmen and Rashid Khan is a spinner tailor-made for T20 cricket. Newcomer Jason Holder is also a respected and intelligent all-rounder. Unfortunately, there's not enough slots to accommodate them all. 

Opportunities: It is near impossible for them to qualify for the play-offs. So, the team should take the field without pressure and give everything in their remaining matches. Warner should take a leaf from MS Dhoni’s book and give players on the bench the opportunity to compete. 

Weaknesses: The middle order is still weak and inconsistent. Once David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey departed in the chase against KXIP, the others succumbed under pressure. Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma don’t have enough IPL experience and very not able to take control of the match.  

Threats: They should play for pride and try to avoid finishing last on the points table.  

The SWOT for DC

Strengths: Kagiso Rabada is a bowler who is hungry and gets wickets in every match. He is ably supported by the fiery Anrich Nortje. The spinners R Ashwin and Axar Patel have also been among the wickets. The bowling unit has been able to make up for the shortcomings in the batting department.  

Weaknesses: Prithvi Shaw has been off colour and Rishabh Pant is not yet back to his best after his injury. Only Shikhar Dhawan seems to be in form. The team looked formidable in the initial weeks of the tournament but they are now looking weary. Unless the batting issues are rectified, DC won’t be able to make a play for their first IPL title. 

Opportunities: DC have a chance to become the first team to qualify for the play-offs. 

Threats: They were sure of a top-two finish earlier but now could finish third. They will need to course-correct quickly.  

Head to head:

Matches played: 16

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 10 

Delhi Capitals: 6

What happened in the reverse fixture?
Rashid Khan bowled a match-winning spell of 4-0-14-3 that gave SRH a win by 15 runs. 

Last five matches:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: L-W-L-L-L

Delhi Capitals: L-L-W-W-L 

Deccan Herald’s Dream XI

David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Priyam Garg, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Rashid Khan, Kagiso Rabada, T Natarajan

Team news

Kane Williamson is likely to miss this match because of his groin injury. No injuries are reported from the DC camp. 

Ground conditions

The sky will be clear with the temperature around 27 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be 48% with winds in the evening. 

Impact player for SRH

Rashid Khan: With 14 wickets, he is the team’s leading wicket-taker. He bowls tight overs and the batsmen are unwilling to take risks on his bowling. Over the years, he has become one of the most important overseas players in the SRH squad.

Impact player for DC

Shikhar Dhawan: He is on a run-scoring spree and recently became the first player to get back-to-back centuries in the IPL. With 471 runs, he has moved to second place on the list of the season’s leading run-scorers. He has shouldered the responsibility of getting runs for the team in every match.  

How to watch

The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports network. Viewers can also catch the action online on Disney+Hotstar. The match begins at 7.30 PM IST.