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Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders chose to bowl v Rajasthan Royals

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James Faulkner and Ajit Agarkar look ahead to Rajasthan Royals’ match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik stuck to this season’s IPL trend of teams opting to bowl first, against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Both teams, coming off wins in their previous games, remained unchanged.

“It looks a good wicket, it’ll stay the same throughout,” Karthik said at the toss.

Jofra Archer, bought at the IPL auction for INR 7.2 crores, was excluded again despite three failures for D’Arcy Short.

Knight Riders are second on the points table after cruising past Delhi Daredevils in their previous game on Monday. Rajasthan defended a target for the second time this season, in a high-scorer against Royal Challengers Bangalore, on Sunday.

Rajasthan Royals: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 2 D’Arcy Short, 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Rahul Tripathi, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 K Gowtham, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Dhawal Kulkarni, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Ben Laughlin

Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Shubman Gill, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Tom Curran, 10 Shivam Mavi, 11 Kuldeep Yadav



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Match Preview – Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indian Premier League 2020 2020, 11th Match

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Even before the start of IPL 2020, it seemed the lack of experience in the middle order could be a headache for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Two games into the season, things are not looking any rosier with the team still searching for their first points.

It doesn’t help that their opponents on Tuesday would be the Delhi Capitals, who have one of the most balanced bowling attacks in the tournament. Despite two first-choice bowlers – Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin – being unavailable, the Capitals strangled the Chennai Super Kings on Friday to register their second win in as many matches. Kagiso Rabada was once again in the forefront with the ball, while Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant all scored good runs to put behind the wobbly start against the Kings XI Punjab. Their main pre-tournament hole, the lack of a finisher, also seems to have been plugged by Marcus Stoinis.

The Sunrisers, on the other hand, are yet to figure out their best XI. With David Warner and Jonny Bairstow opening the innings and Manish Pandey coming in at No. 3, Priyam Garg is forced to bat out of position. After a bad back ruled Vijay Shankar out for the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Sunrisers tried Wriddhiman Saha, but his laboured 31-ball 30 failed to provide any confidence. It will not be a surprise, therefore, if they make further changes to their playing XI.

In the news

  • Since hurting his left elbow against the Kings XI, Ashwin has hit the gym and also batted in the nets, but the Capitals will not rush him back. “Ashwin is doing pretty well, but we want to give him a two-three game rest so that he feels better,” Iyer had said at the toss against the Super Kings. Also, there has been no official word on Ishant Sharma’s fitness after he went out because of back spasms.

  • The extent of Shankar’s back problem is not fully known, but if fit, he should replace Saha in the playing XI for the Sunrisers. Kane Williamson, though, may once again find it difficult to break in despite being available.

Likely XIs

Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Vijay Shankar/Wriddhiman Saha, 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Abdul Samad, 7 Abhishek Sharma, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Khaleel Ahmed/T Natarajan

Strategy punts

  • Expect Rabada and Anrich Nortje to go around the wicket straightaway to Warner, who hasn’t enjoyed that sort of bowling lately. Since the start of 2019, his T20 average against fast bowlers coming from around the wicket has been 24.00, as opposed to 60.44 when they are bowling from over the wicket. It started with Stuart Broad during the Ashes, and then, earlier this year, Jofra Archer exploited the same weaknesses during the T20I and ODI series in England. Warner was uncomfortable against Pat Cummins as well when the seamer deployed a similar plan for the Knight Riders in the last game.

  • Pant has a great record against the Sunrisers’ two best bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan. No one else has dominated Kumar as much in the IPL – Pant averages 65 with a strike rate of 250 against him. Against Khan, those numbers are 54 and 146 respectively. Overall also, Pant has an average of 46.86 against the Sunrisers, his second-best against the current IPL teams. His unbeaten 128 in the 2018 IPL had also come against the Sunrisers, with both Kumar and Khan in the opposition.

  • Don’t be surprised if the Sunrisers bring Kumar or Sandeep Sharma on when Iyer comes to the crease. Iyer has been out thrice each to Kumar (seven innings) and Sandeep Sharma (eight innings) in T20 cricket and has a combined average of 12 at a strike rate of 83 against the two.

Stats that matter

  • The Sunrisers lead the head-to-head record with 9-6. But this new look Capitals side have a 2-1 record against them, including a win in the Eliminator of IPL 2019.

  • Pant is yet to hit a six in T20s this year. Also, he has now gone 60 balls without a six in the IPL, his longest streak.

  • Rabada has taken two or more wickets in each of his last nine IPL games, the most for any bowler in the tournament’s history. Last time he went wicketless in an IPL game was 16 matches ago.

  • Khan and Mohammad Nabi head the list of most frugal bowlers in the IPL since 2019, with economies of 6.4 and 6.5 respectively (minimum 20 overs).

  • Since IPL 2019, Kumar has taken just 13 wickets in 17 innings in the tournament. However, in the same period, he has taken six wickets in three games against the Capitals.

  • Among those who have taken at least 20 wickets in the IPL since 2018, Khaleel Ahmed’s strike rate of 12.2 is second only to Rabada’s 11.



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Recent Match Report – England Women vs West Indies Women 4th T20I 2020

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England won the toss and chose to bat vs West Indies

England won the toss and elected to bat first in the penultimate match of the five-game series against West Indies at Derby’s Incora County Ground.

England hold an unassailable 3-0 lead, having won their first two encounters by 47 runs, although West Indies may be boosted by the narrower margin of defeat in the third match, in which the hosts set up their 20-run victory with Nat Sciver’s 82 from 61 and sealed it with another disciplined showing from their bowlers.

Deandra Dottin scored her second half-century in three appearances during the last match and, encouragingly for West Indies, bowled for the first time in the series as she stepped up her comeback from shoulder surgery, sending down three overs and claiming two wickets.

England have made one change, bringing in Sophia Dunkley for Fran Wilson.

Heather Knight, the England captain, said her side were targeting a 5-0 series result and that the Dunkley had performed well in the intra-squad warm-up matches. Dunkley also enjoyed good form during the early rounds of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

“We want to see what Dunks is capable of in the No.6 role,” Knight said of Dunkley, who played the last of her 10 T20Is against Sri Lanka in Colombo in March 2019.

West Indies have rung in the changes, bringing in Karishma Ramharack, Shabika Gajnabi and Aaliyah Alleyne for Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry and Shakera Selman.

Captain Stafanie Taylor said, with the series already lost, West Indies wanted to give some more inexperienced players some exposure. “We thought we had some young players we wanted to highlight as well,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “There’s no point having young players here and not showcasing them.”

Play was set to begin in cool, clear conditions.

England: 1 Danni Wyatt, 2 Tammy Beaumont, 3 Nat Sciver, 4 Heather Knight (capt), 5 Amy Jones (wk), 6 Sophia Dunkley, 7 Katherine Brunt, 8 Mady Villiers, 9 Sarah Glenn, 10 Sophie Ecclestone, 11 Anya Schrubsole.

West Indies: 1 Deandra Dottin, 2 Lee-Ann Kirby, 3 Shemaine Campbelle (wk), 4 Hayley Matthews, 5 Chedean Nation, 6 Stafanie Taylor (capt), 7 Aaliyah Alleyne, 8 Sheneta Grimmond, 9 Shabika Gajnabi, 10 Karishma Ramharack, 11 Shamilia Connell



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Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2020, Fantasy Pick, team predictions

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Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Abu Dhabi

Pro Tip
Pick a mix of top- and middle-order batsmen but also keep in mind Kagiso Rabada’s wicket-taking ability.

Our XI: Jonny Bairstow, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed

Substitutes: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Nabi, Amit Mishra

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Player availability: R Ashwin is recovering well from his shoulder injury but the Delhi Capitals have said that he would be rested for a couple of games as a precautionary measure. Ishant Sharma is also out with back spasms, and there has been no official word on his availability.

Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Iyer has played two cameos, good ones at that, so far in the tournament. He has looked in control and the big innings could be just around the corner. He could be a handful for the Sunrisers, whose attack is low on confidence and lacking bite.

Vice-captain: Kagiso Rabada
Rabada has had an immense impact on the Capitals’ campaign already. He has picked up five wickets at an economy of 6.75 and, more importantly, at a strike rate of 9.6. Against a brittle Sunrisers middle- and lower-middle order, Rabada should make merry.

Hot Picks

David Warner: Warner just cannot be left out of your XI given his consistency in the IPL. Forty runs in two innings is well below par for a batsman of Warner’s caliber, and will look to go hard from the get-go to make the most of the powerplay.

Jonny Bairstow: After an early dismissal against the Knight Riders, Bairstow will be eager to contribute again with the bat, especially considering his team has been struggling to put up formidable totals. Bairstow scored 89 runs in two innings last season against the Capitals at strike rate of 150.84.

Manish Pandey: He has been batting in his preferred position – No. 3 – this season and it’s working well. He scored 85 runs in the first two games. Against a strong new-ball attack like the Capitals’, an early dismissal is likely. Expect Pandey to do some repair work before he accelerates.

Differential Pick

Axar Patel: He has been immensely economical and has also picked up a wicket in both games so far, at an economy of 4.0. Since the Sunrisers’ line-up has five right-handed batsmen in the top seven, Axar could be handy yet again. Don’t forget that he can bat as well.

Khaleel Ahmed: The leading wicket-taker for the Sunrisers last season, Ahmed provided the Sunrisers an early wicket in the only game he’s played so far. He has a strike rate of 12.2 in the IPL since 2018, second only to Rabada.

Alternate Scenarios

  • The average first-wicket partnership at the venue this season is 27 in the first innings and 8 in the second. Going by this trend, it makes more sense to have a middle-order batsman as your captain. But one of the Sunrisers openers would be a good option too.

  • Mohammad Nabi is less effective if he doesn’t bowl in the powerplay. Since 2018 in all T20s, his strike rate in the middle overs goes down to 28.3 from 22.1 in the powerplay. His economy is 6.50 in the powerplay and 7.0 in the middle overs. He did not bowl in the powerplay in the last game but against a left-hand batter like Shikhar Dhawan, he could open the bowling.

  • Kane Williamson may still not find a place in the XI but if he does start, replace one of the Sunrisers batsmen with him.

  • If Williamson does play, he can be the vice-captain. But if he doesn’t, the Sunrisers will have a brittle middle order and Rabada will be the better vice-captain option.



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