34th Match (N), Hyderabad, April 24, 2023, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, T:145) 137/6

DC won by 7 runs

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Batters in focus as bottom-placed SRH, Capitals look to get campaign back on track

Capitals ended their losing streak but have chopped and changed regularly while Sunrisers' top order is a worry

Ashish Pant
David Warner brings up his half-century, Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2023, Delhi, April 20, 2023

David Warner returns to the home ground of his former franchise  •  Associated Press

Big picture: SRH, Capitals search for a quick fix to batting woes

Two teams right at the bottom of the points table will jostle in a bid to get some momentum into their IPL 2023 campaign. It's been a difficult season for both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals. Sunrisers are coming into this game on the back of two losses. Capitals snapped their five-game losing streak last time around, with a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
They will hope that win signals the start of better things as they travel to Hyderabad. For that, Capitals will have to fix their batting unit, which has failed to show up. Barring David Warner and Axar Patel, not one batter has breached the 100-run mark after six games.
The problem starts up top with Prithvi Shaw, who has managed just 47 runs in six innings this season, averaging a mere 7.83 and has fallen inside the powerplay each time. The middle order too has failed to get going, particularly the overseas bunch. Mitchell Marsh has six runs in four matches, Rovman Powell seven in three, Rilee Rossouw 44 in three, and Phil Salt, who came in the last game managed just five.
This has led to constant chopping and changing in the Capitals unit. They have made 12 changes to their side in the six games and are yet to name an unchanged XI.
The onus as such will once again be on Warner, who returns to one of his favourite venues. Warner has 15 fifties and three hundreds in 31 innings in Hyderabad and has scored 1602 runs - the most for any batter at this venue in IPL.
Sunrisers' batting has been found wanting as well. They have played musical chairs with their opening combination, having used four different pairs in six games. Mayank Agarwal, who opened the innings in the first five games, was pushed to No.6 in the last encounter, with Harry Brook and Abhishek Sharma opening.
However, the inconsistency of the top order is what will worry Sunrisers more. Barring the hundred against KKR, Brook hasn't lit up the IPL. Ditto for Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram. Sunrisers will also hope for Washington Sundar to contribute more. The allrounder is yet to pick a wicket in the competition in 13.4 overs and has scored just 36 runs with the bat in four innings.

Form guide

Sunrisers Hyderabad LLWWL (last five matches, most recent first)
Delhi Capitals WLLLL

Team news: Capitals rope in Garg for Nagarkoti

Capitals have named Priyam Garg as a replacement for the injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti for the rest of the season. Nagarkoti, who did not feature in a single game in IPL 2023, has been ruled out after sustaining a lower back stress fracture. Garg has played 21 games for SRH across three seasons and has been picked for his base price of INR 20 lakh.
Meanwhile, Brian Lara, the SRH head coach, confirmed the team would go with the Brook-Abhishek opening combination for a "period of time", while Mayank plays the role of a floater. For Capitals, barring Khaleel Ahmed's hamstring injury last week, there haven't been any further updates. Shaw's position in the side might come under the scanner.

Impact Player strategy

Sunrisers Hyderabad
It has been a horses-for-courses strategy as far as the Impact Player goes for SRH, with no consistent pattern. In the last game against Chennai Super Kings, they had Mayank Dagar coming in for Rahul Tripathi after the first innings. If SRH bat first, they could have Tripathi in the playing XI and swap him with T Natarajan or Dagar for the second innings, depending on the surface. And vice-versa if they bowl first.
Probable XII: 1 Harry Brook, 2 Abhishek Sharma, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Mayank Agarwal, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mayank Markande, 11 Umran Malik, 12 T Natarajan/Mayank Dagar
Delhi Capitals
Having finally won a game, Capitals might not want to tinker with their combination unless they want a change at the top. Shaw has been used as an Impact Player in the last four games, and if he is benched, Delhi could opt open with Phil Salt, with Sarfaraz Khan slotting in the middle order. And, he could swap with Ishant Sharma or Mukesh Kumar as an Impact sub.
Probable XII: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Phil Salt (wk), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Prithvi Shaw/Sarfaraz Khan, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Axar Patel, 7 Lalit Yadav, 8 Aman Khan, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Mukesh Kumar, 12 Ishant Sharma

Stats that matter

  • Manish Pandey averages just 5.0 against Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has fallen to the fast bowler four times in six innings.
  • David Warner's 1602 runs in Hyderabad are the fourth-most for a batter at a venue, behind Virat Kohli (2545 in Bengaluru), AB de Villiers (1960 in Bengaluru) and Rohit Sharma (1602 in Mumbai).
  • Capitals are yet to hit a six in the powerplay this season. They have collectively managed just 15 sixes in the season so far.
  • Rahul Tripathi strikes at 242.85 against Kuldeep Yadav in T20s.

Pitch and conditions

The surface at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium has favoured the batting team in the three matches so far. With the sun baking down, there are chances of a few cracks opening up, which might assist the spinners. Dew might also be a factor in the second half of the game. Teams batting first have won two of the three games so far here.


"A win changes the environment in the team. A few doubts creep in when you're not able to cross the line. Our win in the last match will help us build confidence." Axar Patel is confident of Capitals' bouncebackability

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Ashish Pant is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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