Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals vs SunRisers Hyderabad Face-Off: Kagiso Rabada vs Jonny Bairstow

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IPL 2020, DC vs SRH: Jonny Bairstow looked good, scoring fifty in SRH’s opening game.© BCCI / IPL


Kagiso Rabada is possibly the best fast bowler to see in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to date, and it’s no wonder he’s always close to Delhi Capitals as the team celebrates two wins out of two played matches. SunRisers Hyderabad is possibly as far from the euphoria as any team can be, scraping the bottom of the barrel with no points from an equal number of matches. But one of their stronger points is Jonny Bairstow, who has tried to keep the team afloat, especially as the rest of the batter, especially skipper David Warner, was struggling.

So when Rabada and Bairstow meet in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, it will certainly be an important meeting as the new-ball bowler wants to continue his good work, while the English wicket-keeper-batsman is sure to trump the South African.

Rabada has five wickets from two matches in IPL 2020 and also three crucial deliveries in the Super Over victory over Kings XI Punjab. He has claimed 36 wickets from 20 matches at an economy of 7.99 and has two swipes of four wickets.

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Bairstow, on the other hand, has only played 12 IPL games, this is his second season, but already has 511 runs with a century and three fifties and a strike rate of 152.08. Champagne statistics, those.

Both are young for IPL cricket and have a bright future. Tuesday should see quite a showdown between two top exponents of their wares.

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