Hyderabad-vs-Delhi

Time: October 27, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Pitch report

The team batting first has lost 4 of the last 5 matches. The highest total chased during these games was 165. That said, scoring runs at a brisk rate has been an uphill task. The batsmen will have to be mindful of their strokeplay.

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Power players

We will keep repeating this fact until Kagiso Rabada fails: he, now, has gone wicketless in 25 matches of the Indian T20 League. This is no easy feat to achieve. In an era dominated by batsmen and pitches that rarely favour the bowlers, Rabada has been legendary. For the obvious reasons, he is the highest wicket-taker of the season. His 23 wickets have come at a stunning strike rate of 11.3.

Shikhar Dhawan will be back to the venue where he has scores of 35, 32, 57, and 106*. He likes playing on wickets that offer enough pace for him to play on the up. He and Rabada would make great candidates for captain and vice-captain in fantasy cricket.

David Warner is the highest run-scorer for Hyderabad, but by his standards, he has been slightly out of sorts. He seems too cautious of the fact that his team does not have a solid middle-order, eventually refraining from playing his natural game. He has five scores in excess of 40 runs in 11 innings.

Jonny Bairstow has been blowing hot and cold. He seems to be in great touch but keeps finding new ways to get himself in trouble – something makes him less reliable as a power player on fantasy apps. He has scored 345 runs at a strike rate of 126.8.

Smart picks

Rashid Khan was adjudged Player of the Match for his excellent figures of 3 for 14 in the previous game between these teams. Overall, he has managed 14 wickets in 11 games.

Jason Holder’s late addition has come as a blessing in disguise for Hyderabad. His bowling figures in the last two matches read 3 for 33 and 2 for 27.

Shreyas Iyer has been Delhi’s most consistent batsman, providing impetus in any given situation. He has scored 383 runs in 11 matches, including two fifties.

Marcus Stoinis has been destructive with the bat and effective with the ball. The fact that Iyer trusts him with the ball in the 20th over makes him more than useful in fantasy sports. In the previous game, he took 2 wickets in the final over.

Fantasy tips

Go through the Player Fantasy Points and Selection Percentage before finalising your fantasy teams. For example, if a cricketer’s selection percentage is above 80%, you may have to think twice before leaving him out.

Also, the best fantasy tip to further narrow down your choices is to check the captain and vice-captain selection percentage.

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Probable XIs

Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan

Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw/Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Harshal Patel, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

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