DC vs SRH Qualifier 2: Rashid Khan is SRH’s biggest wicket-taker this season.© BCCI / IPL
Shikhar Dhawan, the Delhi Capitals (DC) opener, is struggling to perform at the expected level, having recently become the first batsman to score hundreds back-to-back in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhawan’s inability to fire nearly cost the Delhi-based franchise a spot in the playoffs. DC, which appeared to be a contender for a top-of-the-table finish in the early stages, had to qualify with a thrilling victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), after four consecutive defeats. Dhawan’s dismissal for a duck in Qualifier 1 against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) saw the Delhi-based franchise subject to defeat by a margin of 57 runs.
What cannot be denied, however, is the batsman’s ability to prove his critics wrong with game-changing performance when it matters most.
DC will take on SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 2 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, and Dhawan is sure to be motivated by the importance of the clash.
A win helps the Delhi-based franchise secure a spot in the final against MI, along with a chance for the opener to make up for his bad show in the earlier match.
However, the 34-year-old will first have to negotiate the cheats and variations that SRH spinner Rashid Khan uses to mock batsmen.
Rashid is the highest wicket taker for his side in the current edition, accounting for 19 wickets in 15 matches with a strike rate of 18.94. The cricketer from Afghanistan is responsible for several significant layoffs in IPL 2020 and is eager to add Dhawan to that list.
However, the DC opener can be destructive in its day, making this match between two exceptional cricketers one to watch out for.
(Note: all statistics courtesy of iplt20.com)
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