“SRH vs DC in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2020 for finals at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.”


“SRH defeated DC by 88 runs in their previous game when these two teams met in IPL 2020.”

IPL Playoff(2020-21): Having brushed aside the Royal Challengers Bangalore rather methodically from the Eliminator on Friday at Abu Dhabi, Sunrisers Hyderabad Are high on Optimism when they face a floundering Delhi Capitals at Qualifier 2 at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Hyderabad and Delhi have obtained quite contrasting paths to Qualifier 2, the winner of whom will fulfill Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 final. Hyderabad has engineered a fabulous turnaround after having reached the brink of elimination. They won all their final league three games to jump to third on the points table, before becoming the better of RCB from the play-offs.

In contrast, Delhi, that had been table-toppers during the first half, did complete the league period at number two, but suffered defeats in four of the past five games, and were forged by Mumbai Indians at the first Qualifier.

Since SRH and DC battle for a spot at the IPL 2020 final, here are three-player competitions that may play an important role in deciding the fate of Qualifier 2.

1.Shreyas Iyer vs Rashid Khan

There hasn’t been a year since making his IPL introduction that Rashid Khan hasn’t made an impression. And IPL 2020 has been no different. In 15 matches, he has picked up 19 wickets in a strike rate of 18.94. Aside from the number of scalps he’s obtained, what has stood out about Rashid continues to be his outstanding economy rate of 5.30.

The stats prove that as groups have tried to perform the leg-spinner, he has discovered ways to pick up wickets, and rather consistently at that. The previous time SRH faced DC, Rashid wreaked havoc with figures of 3 for 7. Could he repeat his heroics again against the same opposition in Qualifier two?

Their skipper Shreyas Iyer has had a disappointing IPL 2020 up to now. He’s got a decent 433 runs to his title in 15 matches, but his attack rate was a poor 123.36, and he’s just two fifties to show for his efforts. Iyer’s last fifty in IPL 2020 arrived as far back as October 14 against the Royals. Since that match, his scores have been 23,14,47,7,25,7 and 12.

Iyer’s shot selection has left a great deal to be desired. It wouldn’t be erroneous to say that being the chief, Iyer has let the team down. On the other hand, the DC skipper can still make amends if he comes great in Qualifier 2. Being among the better players of spin in the Delhi line-up, he should assume the duty of handling the major threat of leggie Rashid in Qualifier 2.

2.Sandeep Sharma vs Sikhar Dhawan

Cricket pundits will probably be running out of words to describe Shikhar Dhawan’s performance in IPL 2020. It’s been a mix of exhilarating as well as exasperating. One really doesn’t understand which Dhawan would turn out to bat in Qualifier 2. While the left-hander’s overall numbers are tremendously impressive — 525 runs from 15 games at a mean of 43.75 and a strike rate of 144.23 — his inconsistency of late has been stressing.

After his album twin hundreds, Dhawan’s scores have read as follows — 6,0,0,54,0. One of the ducks came from SRH the last time these two teams met. With Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane struggling, it’ll be imperative for senior statesman Dhawan to lift his match from Qualifier 2.It had been Sandeep Sharma who dismissed Dhawan first chunk the last time both of these teams met.

The medium-pacer will be raring to have a go in the DC opener once again in Qualifier 2. Sharma has been central to SRH’s overdue resurgence as well as their progress to the play-offs together with his precision and ability to produce mistakes in batsmen. By keeping things very easy, Sharma has picked two wickets in the past five games, a number of them being top-order batsmen.

Dhawan will be well conscious of the danger of Sharma, however, he’s someone who backs himself to take on the opposition bowlers. It remains to be seen whether Dhawan can exact sweet revenge in Qualifier 2 or if Sharma maintains his stranglehold over the Delhi opener.

3.Kagiso Rabada vs David Warner

SRH skipper David Warner has been scoring runs directly through IPL 2020. However, while he lacked fluency in the first half of the championship, Warner has come into his own as the tournament has progressed towards the company end.

He has been aided by the promotion of Wriddhiman Saha towards the top of the order, who has taken the pressure off him using a few refreshing stroke-play. Warner was unlucky to be given out caught behind in the Eliminator.

But having already struck 546 runs in 15 matches this year, he is going to be confident of standing up to Delhi in Qualifier 2.DC lead pacer Kagiso Rabada remains among the leading wicket-takers in IPL 2020 with 25 wickets from 15 matches. However, his performances have taken a dip in the last few matches, coinciding with Delhi’s losing streak. Rabada has blasted for 54 the previous time DC came up against SRH.

Even in the very first Qualifier against Mumbai, Rabada went wicketless while conceding 42 in his four overs. The quick bowler will have to find his rhythm against SRH in the must-win Qualifier 2. His battle with SRH opener Warner is going to be crucial, and could very well set the tone of this innings.