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Capital collapse: Delhi's problems start with Warner and Shaw

Assistant coach Watson says the team has spoken to Shaw to "have the freedom to go out there and trust his skills"

Hemant Brar
Hemant Brar
A glance at Delhi Capitals' batting line-up for their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore will tell you that Lalit Yadav, averaging 30.67 with a strike rate of 137.82 in T20s before this game, walked in at No. 9. That looks like some batting depth. Except it wasn't.
That Lalit was slotted at No. 9 was Capitals' attempt to guard against their batting failures so far in IPL 2023. In fact, their long batting line-up came at the expense of a bowling resource. They started with four frontline bowlers, with Lalit and Mitchell Marsh expected to fill in the fifth bowler's quota.
The extra batter made little difference. Chasing 175, they were 2 for 3 inside three overs, then 53 for 5, and finished with 151 for 9. It was their fifth successive defeat, further denting their playoff hopes.
Losing wickets in the powerplay has been Capitals' biggest headache. No team has lost more in the first six overs of the innings this season, and only Sunrisers Hyderabad have scored at a slower rate than Capitals in that phase.