These two sides’ fortunes could not be more contrasting. The Capitals were the form team of the opening leg of the tournament, having won six of their eight matches. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad dwell the bottom of the table, thanks to their sole victory in seven outings.
Delhi’s opening pairing of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw were in brilliant form until the tournament went on a hiatus. To make matters even better for them and worse for their opponents, their talented batsman Shreyas Iyer, who was brilliant last season but unavailable in the first leg, has recovered from a shoulder injury.
For Sunrisers, the Indian leg was as difficult as it was easy for the Capitals. Their star batsman and IPL legend David Warner was so out of sorts that he was replaced a few matches into the tournament and then could not even make the starting eleven.
They searched for combinations the entire time, and ended up fielding 21 players.
There were a few sparks here and there but none bright and lasting enough to inspire a batting unit devoid of any energy.
To add insult to injury, they are without Jonny Bairstow for the UAE leg, and although they get T Natarajan back but it’s a small gain against a massive loss.
Their season now depends on the bats of new captain Kane Williamson and his predecessor, Warner.