SunRisers Hyderabad spinner Rashid Khan in action during a training session.
SunRisers Hyderabad are a team that primarily depend on their bowlers to either restrict opposing teams to lower than normal totals or defend small totals. This has been the hallmark of their performance in the IPL over the years. But in the first half of the 2021 IPL, the experienced bowling unit was unable to rise to the challenge and this left the struggling team at the bottom of the points table with just 2 points in 7 games. Captain Kane Williamson will expect his bowling unit, led by Afghan spin magician Rashid Khan, to be good in the UAE game, especially in the Delhi Capitals meeting on Wednesday.
Rishabh Pant’s side will enter the game tied with CSK at the top of the table and look to blast SRH out of form. But they have to be careful about handling Rashid Khan as the leg spinner has an incredible record against them.
Rashid Khan has picked up 14 wickets in just 11 games against DC, which is his second best record against an active IPL team. Plus, his saving of 5.63 points per set is the best for any IPL bowler against the Delhi Capitals.
Not only that, Rashid has the best economy for all bowlers (who have played 20 overs or more) in Dubai, where the game against the Delhi Capitals will be played.
The leg spinner, who relies on his tight line, length and variety, is at his best when batsmen try to attack him. His past against DC shows that Rishabh Pant and company failed to get the upper hand on him.
DC could look to play his 4 overs again without giving him many wickets. But they have a handful of shooters on their team and Rashid could be a handful against them.
SRH fans would expect Rashid to put on a stellar show on Wednesday night to give the team the boost they need to begin their rebirth.
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