SRH vs DC – The 20th match of the IPL 2021 tournament will be the final game of the Chennai leg where Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on last season’s runners-up Delhi Capitals. Here, we take a look at some game plans that could play a role in determining the outcome of the contest.
Sunrisers Hyderabad was one team that was earmarked to dominate the Chennai leg right before the start of the tournament due to the presence of Rashid Khan and a slew of pacers who specialize in taking pace off the ball. But to their dismay, they’ve only managed to secure a solitary win from 4 games. Poor batting approach from their middle-order, injuries and mismanagement of resources resulted in them being winless from their first three games. A clinical victory against Punjab Kings should’ve raised the team morale but on Sunday they’ll compete against the best spin bowling attack in the tournament comprising of Ashwin, Axar and Mishra at the spinners paradise in Chepauk. It is almost impossible to dominate such a quality attack in their favourable conditions but there are still ways to negate them at least partially.
SRH vs DC – Maximising the Powerplay
The average first innings score at Cheapuk this season is 154 which is a direct result of the nature of the pitch and the large boundary dimensions at the ground. Run-scoring becomes a lot harder at this venue as the innings progresses and it’s almost impossible for a new batter to accelerate as soon as he arrives which is the main reason for the slowdowns and a lot of collapses at the death. So it is imperative that the openers start aggressively against the brand new ball with fielding restrictions in position.
Apart from the pacers, Capitals will look to start with Ashwin to exploit a favourable match-up against Warner. He enjoys bowling against the left-handers in all formats and his IPL numbers in the Powerplay against those player type read as 19 wickets at an average of 21.6 conceding runs at a miserly rate of 5.91. Sunrisers should look to target Ashwin with Bairstow who is quite a decent player against spin and with recent form on his side. Rohit did a similar thing against Ashwin in their last game and was quite successful in executing it. If Axar Patel is introduced, the roles should be reversed with Warner taking on the aggressor role. He enjoys playing against him which is evident from their head-to-head numbers in IPL – Average of 46.5 striking at 163.16.
SRH vs DC – Give priority to a Left-hand right-hand combination
A left-right combination helps in complementing each other’s skills and maintaining one disrupts the bowler’s plan and doesn’t allow the bowler to feel comfortable bowling to his favourable match-up. All the three spinners Ashwin, Axar and Mishra relishes bowling more against one particular batting style than the other and it is a must to not allow them to feast against their favourable match-ups.
SRH has locked in their three overseas batters Warner, Bairstow and Williamson at the top with Warner as the left-hander. Williamson can bat at No.3 irrespective of which opener gets out due to his superior record against the spinners but the position of the remaining batters should be switched to complement the batter at the crease. While SRH doesn’t have a proven left-hander in the middle-order they can still make do with Virat Singh and A Sharma both of whom have showcased the ability to dominate the spinners. Executing this ploy will put pressure on DC’s inexperienced skipper, Pant who is learning on the job and has at times failed to bowl out their main bowlers. The faster SRH can manage to get him under the pump, the more advantageous it’ll be for them.