All eyes on Sharjah as the Capitals Look to Complete Double over the Super Kings

“From now, we're staying together. We're closer than ever, and we're going to go real hard and push real hard for two more wins in the next week. Alright?”

Ricky Ponting hit the mark in his post-match speech after the incredible fightback against the Royals. We are inching closer to the ‘Q’ against our name on the points table, requiring two more wins to get to the magic number of 16. With that in mind, the Capitals will take on the Super Kings in Sharjah for a potential Saturday night thriller.

 

Bowlers in Focus on a Slowing Batting Paradise

Sharjah made a name for itself this year as a batting paradise with short boundaries that produces 200-plus totals every innings. However, no team has gone past the 200-run mark in the last 7 innings. With the wicket slowing down, it hasn’t been as easy as it was for batsmen to tonk the ball right from the word go. Having said that, the bowlers will still find the going tough with the size of the boundaries.

The teams that have bowled better have always had an upper hand at the venue, and we proved that twice with by defending totals against both KKR and RR in our two games at the venue so far. Our in-form bowlers will look to do the same in our last league-stage fixture at Sharjah this season. All eyes will also be on the speed gun when Anrich Nortje reaches the top of his mark. The South African kept the media buzzing and the batsmen guessing with five deliveries over 153 kmph against Rajasthan.

Shikhar Dhawan, who has his confidence boosted with back-to-back fifties will look to unleash yet again. If Shreyas Iyer isn’t available tomorrow after the injury he suffered against the Royals, a lot will depend on Rahane in terms on playing anchor, with Shaw taking up the role of the aggressor as always. With Rishabh Pant also nursing a niggle, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey will have to take the onus upon themselves to score the runs in the middle and death overs on a sluggish Sharjah wicket.

 

Stat Attack

Delhi Capitals have relied heavily on the bowling department in this season. Harshal Patel, who bowled brilliantly with figures of 1-29 at Sharjah against the Royals, is just 2 wickets away from completing his milestone of 100 T20 wickets. However, it remains to be seen if he will make the playing XI with the debutant Tushar Deshpande putting up a fine show in the reverse fixture.

Kagiso Rabada’s streak of 22 games with at least one wicket is still ongoing, and the speedster is also just a wicket away from completing his tally of 50 wickets for Delhi Capitals. Our fast bowling unit has not just hurried the batsmen with pace and deceived them with slower ones, they have also picked up the most wickets by any fast bowling unit in the 2020 edition of the tournament with 40, four wickets clear of Mumbai Indians’ fast bowlers in the second spot.

Shreyas Iyer who missed the second innings in the last match due to a shoulder injury, is just 21 runs short of completing 7500 T20 runs. DC fans would love for the skipper to take the field on Saturday and complete this milestone and beyond.

 

Twitter Chatter

Mataphor Game = 💯

 

Worth a watch, indeed! 🔥

 

Touchwood, Sushant! 🤞🏼

Key Battles

Anrich Nortje vs Faf du Plessis

CSK’s in-form opener Faf du Plessis will face his South African teammate Anrich Nortje who has been breathing fire in the last few matches. Nortje has been firing bullets, and it would be interesting to see which way this new-ball battle goes.

Kagiso Rabada vs MS Dhoni

There’s no better sight for a cricket fan than to see the one of the world’s best finishers, MS Dhoni take on one of the best exponents of death bowling, Kagiso Rabada. The clash between Dhoni’s wealth of experience and Rabada’s sheer talent is definitely going to be worth a watch!

 

Marcus Stoinis vs Sam Curran

Marcus Stoinis has been a middle-order mainstay, while Sam Curran was pushed to the opening slot in the previous encounter. Sam Curran takes the new ball on most occasions, while Stoinis has been called upon in crunch situations to break partnerships or bowl at the death. Their roles are poles apart, but their impact as all-rounders just cannot be ignored. Will one of these talented all-rounders put up a match-winning show for their teams tomorrow?

All eyes on Sharjah as the Capitals Look to Complete Double over the Super Kings

“From now, we're staying together. We're closer than ever, and we're going to go real hard and push real hard for two more wins in the next week. Alright?”

Ricky Ponting hit the mark in his post-match speech after the incredible fightback against the Royals. We are inching closer to the ‘Q’ against our name on the points table, requiring two more wins to get to the magic number of 16. With that in mind, the Capitals will take on the Super Kings in Sharjah for a potential Saturday night thriller.

 

Bowlers in Focus on a Slowing Batting Paradise

Sharjah made a name for itself this year as a batting paradise with short boundaries that produces 200-plus totals every innings. However, no team has gone past the 200-run mark in the last 7 innings. With the wicket slowing down, it hasn’t been as easy as it was for batsmen to tonk the ball right from the word go. Having said that, the bowlers will still find the going tough with the size of the boundaries.

The teams that have bowled better have always had an upper hand at the venue, and we proved that twice with by defending totals against both KKR and RR in our two games at the venue so far. Our in-form bowlers will look to do the same in our last league-stage fixture at Sharjah this season. All eyes will also be on the speed gun when Anrich Nortje reaches the top of his mark. The South African kept the media buzzing and the batsmen guessing with five deliveries over 153 kmph against Rajasthan.

Shikhar Dhawan, who has his confidence boosted with back-to-back fifties will look to unleash yet again. If Shreyas Iyer isn’t available tomorrow after the injury he suffered against the Royals, a lot will depend on Rahane in terms on playing anchor, with Shaw taking up the role of the aggressor as always. With Rishabh Pant also nursing a niggle, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey will have to take the onus upon themselves to score the runs in the middle and death overs on a sluggish Sharjah wicket.

 

Stat Attack

Delhi Capitals have relied heavily on the bowling department in this season. Harshal Patel, who bowled brilliantly with figures of 1-29 at Sharjah against the Royals, is just 2 wickets away from completing his milestone of 100 T20 wickets. However, it remains to be seen if he will make the playing XI with the debutant Tushar Deshpande putting up a fine show in the reverse fixture.

Kagiso Rabada’s streak of 22 games with at least one wicket is still ongoing, and the speedster is also just a wicket away from completing his tally of 50 wickets for Delhi Capitals. Our fast bowling unit has not just hurried the batsmen with pace and deceived them with slower ones, they have also picked up the most wickets by any fast bowling unit in the 2020 edition of the tournament with 40, four wickets clear of Mumbai Indians’ fast bowlers in the second spot.

Shreyas Iyer who missed the second innings in the last match due to a shoulder injury, is just 21 runs short of completing 7500 T20 runs. DC fans would love for the skipper to take the field on Saturday and complete this milestone and beyond.

 

Twitter Chatter

Mataphor Game = 💯

 

Worth a watch, indeed! 🔥

 

Touchwood, Sushant! 🤞🏼

Key Battles

Anrich Nortje vs Faf du Plessis

CSK’s in-form opener Faf du Plessis will face his South African teammate Anrich Nortje who has been breathing fire in the last few matches. Nortje has been firing bullets, and it would be interesting to see which way this new-ball battle goes.

Kagiso Rabada vs MS Dhoni

There’s no better sight for a cricket fan than to see the one of the world’s best finishers, MS Dhoni take on one of the best exponents of death bowling, Kagiso Rabada. The clash between Dhoni’s wealth of experience and Rabada’s sheer talent is definitely going to be worth a watch!

 

Marcus Stoinis vs Sam Curran

Marcus Stoinis has been a middle-order mainstay, while Sam Curran was pushed to the opening slot in the previous encounter. Sam Curran takes the new ball on most occasions, while Stoinis has been called upon in crunch situations to break partnerships or bowl at the death. Their roles are poles apart, but their impact as all-rounders just cannot be ignored. Will one of these talented all-rounders put up a match-winning show for their teams tomorrow?

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