Date: 25 April 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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Match number 20 of the Indian T20 League will witness Hyderabad and Delhi up against each other on Sunday night fighting it for the vital two points. While Delhi have won three from their four matches and are sitting at the top half of the table, Hyderabad finally managed to register a win in their previous match against Punjab and would look to carry forward their momentum into this match. Delhi, too, won their previous game against Mumbai and have looked a better balanced side so far, even being labelled by several cricket experts as the favourites to reach the playoffs. However, Hyderabad have been the perennial Dark Horses and against an in-form Delhi, they would want to do their best to register a win and make their intentions pretty clear. Expect this to be a humdinger of a clash.
The big blow for Hyderabad is that pacer T Natarajan has been ruled out of the remaining season. While Natarajan was their key bowler at the death last season, he will have to undergo a knee surgery which has ruled him out of the ongoing edition of the T20 tournament. In his absence, the David Warner-led side is likely to stick with the same combination with Khaleel Ahmed getting a game.
For Delhi, Anrich Nortje has still not got a game. With a new captain Rishabh Pant at the helm, they have relied on Lalit Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra and Avesh Khan to deliver the goods for them. In the last match Mishra showed how good he can be against Mumbai when he picked four wickets to get past the might of Mumbai for the first time in their last six matches.
For the fantasy side, Jonny Bairstow is a sure shot selection in the team and could even possibly be a captain, vice-captain option. This is because not only will he be donning the gloves for the Orange Army, he will also bat at the top of the order when the wicket is arguably the best to bat on. Rishabh Pant can be added in the side too but comes in the middle order which may not be the best time for a fluent stroke maker like him.
From the batsmen section, Shikhar Dhawan is a no-brainer pick as he is the current orange cap holder. Another possible candidate for being the captain or vice-captain. David Warner holds the key to Hyderabad's batting and will be another definite member of the fantasy side. Prithvi Shaw yet again started off well and has since then slowed down a bit but given the rich run of form in the domestic competition, one can go ahead with him in the XI. Similarly, it would be hard to look beyond the ever-reliable Kane Williamson if looking for a middle-order option.
Among the all-rounders, Marcus Stoinis and Vijay Shankar appear as handy but Lalit Yadav and Abhishek Sharma could be good options, if running low on credits. The bowlers section will be spearheaded by Rashid Khan. Based on his performance his last match, Amit Mishra should walk into the fantasy XI but how long before Kagiso Rabada and R Ashwin find their best form will be a tricky question to answer. Avesh Khan has been consistently among the wickets-takers and so has been Khaleel Ahmed in the last two matches, finding the right balance then could become a bit tricky.
Probable Playing XI
David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
Wicketkeepers: Jonny Bairstow, Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Steven Smith
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Vijay Shankar, Lalit Yadav, Abhishek Sharma
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra, Khaleel Ahmed
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