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IPL 2021, DC vs SRH preview: Can SRH get back to winning ways to stay in playoffs contention?

The IPL 2021 is about to get intense hereon in the UAE. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals would be taking on former champion Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 33 on Wednesday.

IPL 2021, DC vs SRH preview: Team analysis, head-to-head, pitch, probable, fantasy xi-ayh
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Sep 22, 2021, 1:46 AM IST
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The 2021 Indian Premier League will keep getting intense hereon. On Wednesday, Delhi Capitals (DC) would clash against former champion Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 33 at the Dubai International Stadium.

DC is well on course to seal its place in the playoffs, while SRH will have to toil and win all the remaining matches to stand a chance at the playoffs. As it is expected to be an exciting encounter, we present the preview of this tie.

Team composition
Considering DC, it has an evenly balanced squad, which is also one of the reasons that it has been performing to potential this season. Meanwhile, the focus would be on skipper Rishabh Pant, along with Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada.

As for SRH, it is tide heavy on its batting. However, it has an excellent bowling attack, which has been its strength this season. Nevertheless, the batting is likely o fire under Kane Williamson's leadership. In the meantime, the focus would be upon the skipper, along with Manish Pandey, David Warner, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Holder, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

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Current form
Both sides have a contrasting difference. While DC is placed second in the table, with six wins from eight games, SRH is lurking at the bottom, with just a win from seven matches. Therefore, the pressure ought to be on the latter.

Injury concerns
Fresh into the resumption, none of the sides has any injury concerns.

IPL 2021, DC vs SRH preview: Team analysis, head-to-head, pitch, probable, fantasy xi-ayh

Head-to-head
The two sides have clashed on 19 occasions, with SRH leading 11-8. Of the four games in UAE, SRH leads 3-1, while they have played each other twice in Dubai, with SRH winning on both instances.

Weather and pitch report
The Dubai weather is expected to be hot, with 37 degrees of an expected temperature and 50% humidity. The track is generally even, while it has been somewhat assisting the batsmen. Nevertheless, the team winning the toss should bat first.

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Probable XI
DC:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Avesh Khan.
SRH: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma.

Fantasy XI
Batsmen:
Shaw (vc), Dhawan (c), Pandey, Warner- Warner, and Pandey are sure to give an explosive start, followed by Shaw at number three, while Pandey can consolidate in the middle. Shaw and Dhawan's flawless forms make them the deputy and skipper, respectively.
Wicketkeeper: Pant- The no-brainer here, as he has been the sole firearm in the department.
All-rounders: Lalit, Axar, Nabi- Lalit, and Axar have displayed promising signs of late, while Nabi is a must-have for his reliable all-round abilities.
Bowlers: Rabada, Avesh, Rashid- Rabada and Avesh have been effective of late with their pace, while the lethal Rashid is a sure-shot top selection in the department.

Match details
Date and day:
September 22, 2021 (Wednesday)
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Time: 7.30 PM (IST)
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Hotstar

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