26 Oct 2020: IPL 2020, SRH vs DC: Match preview, Dream11 and stats
This will be a must-win encounter for SRH in order to stay alive in the playoffs race.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals, who are the front-runners to claim the title, would want to attain the top-spot before qualifying for the knockout stage.
Here is the match preview.
Details: Venue, timing, TV listing, pitch report and conditions
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host the match on October 27 (7:30 PM IST).
As the tournament has progressed, the wicket here has slowed down to a fair extent.
As a result, spinners receive more help from this track.
One can watch the match live on the Star India network, while live streaming is also available on the Hotstar app (paid subscription).
SRH: Will Kane Williamson return to the XI?
SRH faced one of the worst batting collapses against KXIP as they slipped from 100/4 to 114/10, chasing 127.
In the impending game, things will get even more tricky against a sturdy DC pace attack.
They desperately need the presence of Kane Williamson in the middle.
Probable XI: Warner (C), Bairstow (WK), Pandey, Shankar, Garg, Samad, Holder/Williamson, Rashid, Khaleel, Sandeep, Natarajan.
DC: The DC middle-order needs to step up
Despite consolidating the second spot on the standings, DC have suffered two consecutive defeats of late.
Their middle-order perished in front of a crafty Varun Chakravarthy, who picked up his maiden IPL five-for.
Besides, it remains to be seen if they stick with Ajinkya Rahane at the top.
Probable XI: Dhawan, Rahane/Prithvi, Iyer (C), Pant (WK), Stoinis, Hetmyer, Axar, Ashwin, Rabada, Deshpande, Nortje.
Fact: A look at the head-to-head record
SRH have the edge over DC in the IPL. In 16 matches, SRH have won 10 with a win percentage of 62.50. On the other hand, DC have won six of them. Notably, SRH defeated them by 15 runs in the first game, this season.
Stats: SRH vs DC: Stats that matter
Star batsman Rishabh Pant is set to complete 2,000 runs in the IPL.
He (1,953) is 47 runs away from reaching the landmark.
For SRH, pace spearhead Sandeep Sharma (101) could surpass the legendary Zaheer Khan (102) on the all-time wickets tally.
Fact: Dream11: Dhawan, Bairstow handed leadership roles
Wicket-keeper: Jonny Bairstow (VC). Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shreyas Iyer, Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey. All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Vijay Shankar. Bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma.