- Delhi’s pace bowlers have managed to take early wickets in the first six overs.
- Pawan Negi has taken the crucial wickets of well-set batsmen in the middle overs.
- Haryana’s spin bowling department looks unsettled.
The in-form team of Haryana are going to take on the table toppers Delhi on Sunday as it is going to be an exciting game to watch out for. Both the teams have qualified in the super league by finishing first (Delhi) and second (Haryana) in the group E and D respectively and it won’t be a surprise if both the teams finish in the top 4, irrespective of the result of this match. It will be a crucial match for both teams as win for either teams will see them move one step ahead to qualify for the semi-finals.
After their significant loss in their second match against Mumbai Haryana have won all their remaining matches convincingly and with huge margins. In their previous game against Meghalaya they were put in to bat at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in the suburbs, Haryana started strong on a quick fire 82 off 40 balls by opener Patel to put a competitive 202/6 despite losing two early wickets of Himanshura and in-form Chaitanya Bishnoi.
While wickets were tumbling at the other end, Patel held fort at one end and toyed with a pedestrian bowling attack of Meghalaya, hammering five fours and seven sixes during his stay at the crease. A quick fire unbeaten 31 not out by Rahul Tewatia helped Haryana cross the 200-run mark. The chase was an uphill task for Meghalaya, which struggled to get going and was restricted to 103/9.
Haryana have done well in both batting and bowling department and overall looks a solid team. Harshal Patel provides the much need balance in the team with great performances with bat as well as ball. He didn’t start of well initially but has gained form in the recent games. However, Haryana’s spinners didn’t pick much wickets despite having the experience of Amit Mishra and Yuzi Chahal.
Delhi have dominated their opposition with their lethal bowling especially their last two games against Odisha and Sikkim. They have taken all 10 wickets against Odisha restricting them to only 129 and against Sikkim they allowed only 88 runs to be scored in 20 overs. Chasing 89 for victory, Delhi reaches the target with exactly 11 overs to spare, winning by nine wickets. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan fell early in the run chase, for 19, but fellow opener Hiten Dalal (unbeaten 54) and Anuj Rawat (Unbeaten 14) help their team reach the target. Sikkim's Yashpal Singh took the only wicket to fall.
The team looks settled with their bowling as Pawan Negi and Lalit Yadav have taken wickets at regular intervals. Top-order batting looks solid with Shikhar Dhawan coming into the team brings that experience despite the fact that he has had a poor-run in the recent T20I’S. Nitesh Rana and Pawan Negi have been boosting up the runs in later half of the game after a decent start by the top order batsmen.
The team which wins the toss will choose to bowl first as dew would come on the surface and it will be difficult for spinners to grip the ball in the second innings and hence support the batsmen batting second.
Average first innings score: 142
Record of chasing teams: 16 out 26 wins (3 no result)
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS:
The pitch will be good for batting and as the match progresses it will be become even better. The pace bowlers will benefit from this match as the ball would swing a bit in the first six overs. The weather is going to be pleasant with less chances of rain to play spoilsport.
Although both teams are in great form but Delhi looks stronger team in paper and will win a close game as their opposition will give a tough fight.
Shikhar Dhawan is due for runs as he will look to score big runs. Nitesh Rana and Pawan Negi will continue their cameos down the order.
For Haryana Harshal Patel will be the standout performer both with bat and ball. Pace bowler Ashish Hooda will provide Haryana with early breakthroughs.