IPL 2020: 4 Reasons Why Delhi Will Win Their Maiden IPL Title

Bhavesh Bhimani Updated: 12 October, 2020, 7:50 PM IST

The Delhi Capitals have been the surprise package of this year’s IPL 2020. At the time of writing, Delhi has won 5 of the 7 games they have played and are at the second position on the points table, just behind defending champions Mumbai Indians. They have shown a refreshing brand of cricket and look to be the side to beat. If they can maintain the momentum from the first half of the tournament then this could be Delhi’s year. In fact, there are good reasons to believe that Delhi Capitals will be the champions this year by clinching their maiden IPL title.

They have a young captain who is leading from the front

In Shreyas Iyer, Delhi has found an inspiring captain who leads from the front. Currently, Iyer is the leading run-getter for Delhi this season with 245 runs and an average of 40.83. He loves to take the responsibility head-on and is also a livewire on the field. Iyer is always active and is constantly talking to his players. He is young and energetic and exactly the kind of leader Delhi needs right now.

They have the best bowling attack

Delhi currently has the best and most varied bowling attack of the IPL. South African pacer Kagiso Rabada is firing on all fronts with 17 wickets to his name already. He’s being ably supported by Anrich Nortje who has been among the wickets too and is also economical. Then there’s the reliable Ravichandran Ashwin who looks to be getting into his groove. Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been terrific with his miserly spells in the middle and has an economy rate of just 5.05 this season. Together, this bowling attack can really choke oppositions.

Their batting unit has plenty of depth

One of the biggest banes for Delhi in the past few seasons has been their batting which let them down consistently. This time, though, there has been a vast improvement. In fact, Delhi’s batting has great depth this time. In Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, they have a solid set of openers who can both attack and hold one end up. They are followed by Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, and Shimron Hetmyer. While Iyer can play the long innings, the likes of Pant, Stoinis, and Hetmeyer can really explode in the second half of the innings. Currently, Pant has suffered an injury and will out for a week. But his replacement, Alex Carey of Australia, is equally dangerous and may prove even more effective for Delhi.

They have the momentum

The Delhi Capitals are halfway through their season and have the necessary momentum with them. Momentum is key is such a long tournament and in previous seasons the teams that have managed to build a winning momentum towards the end generally end up as winners. Delhi has lost only two games so far and still looks fresh and desperate for winning. Coach Ricky Ponting’s influence has rubbed off well on the players and they appear to be hungry for success. If the Delhi boys can continue their momentum in the next 7 games, then they would have the best chance yet of earning their maiden IPL title.

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Michael Vaughan slams Marlon Samuels for his statement on Ben Stokes

Vedant Yadav Updated: 28 October, 2020, 12:44 AM IST

Sportsmen, nowadays, are pretty open with the idea of exchanging some banters and a few digs with each other. However, things take an ugly turn when statements or comments cross a certain line.

Similarly, in a surprising turn of events, things have gone a bit ugly between England star Ben Stokes and West Indies’ Marlon Samuels. Speaking on his recent voyage to New Zealand, Stokes was sharing his experience on quarantine life and boring schedule, but things turned for the worse from here.

Stokes said that the monotonous life of quarantine was weird, and he wouldn’t wish it for his ‘worst enemy’. Not even for Samuels with whom he had a couple of spats in the past. Stokes was referring to it in a funny manner but Samuels took it personally.

The Windies all-rounder dragged it to the matter of racism and came up with many disparaging remarks. His comments, however, have not gone well with anyone in the entire cricket fraternity.

“You get off the plane, get your bag, walk out, and get told what hotel to go to. ‘There’s no choice. It’s pot luck whether you get a good hotel or not. The government has chosen certain hotels to be the quarantine hotels,” said Stokes on the 'Test Match Special' podcast.

“I posted a few Instagram stories, and some of the England boys were texting me asking what it’s like, and I was saying it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. ‘I text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked: “You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels?” I said, “no, it’s that bad” – that’s how challenging it was,” added Stokes.

Reacting to Stokes'comments, Samuels got livid and called him a ‘b***h’ followed by other derogatory remark. In the same light, Michael Vaughan called his comment as appalling and wrote on his Twitter: “This is appalling @marlonsamuels … we are trying to stamp out racism … !! A bit of banter by@benstokes38 should not lead to this…’’

IPL 2020: 10 Hilarious memes from SRH v DC match

Vedant Yadav Updated: 27 October, 2020, 11:59 PM IST

Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a third defeat on the trot after they lost out to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday in Dubai.

As expected, SRH made a number of alterations to the side which narrowly lost out to KXIP in their last outings. Williamson returned to the team in place of Jonny Bairstow, while Wriddhiman Saha also got a rare start.

Talking about Saha, he was selected in the Test team for upcoming India's tour of Australia. As Bairstow was left out from the squad, Saha opened the innings along with skipper David Warner.

Saha repaid the trust shown by the SRH management as he smacked 87 of just 45 deliveries. Warner also looked in good touch as he chipped in with 34-ball 66. The pair, Saha and Warner, added 107 runs for the first wickets, including 75 runs in the powerplay.

Manish Pandey then got on the act as his 31-ball 44 took SRH to a mammoth total of 219/2. In reply, DC got bundled out for 131, as Rishabh Pant top-scoring with 36.

Here are some of the Tweets from the game:

IPL 2020 Match 47, SRH vs DC - Player Ratings Based On Their Performance

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 27 October, 2020, 11:30 PM IST

Delhi Capitals’ swift downfall in IPL 2020 continued as Sunrisers Hyderabad handed them a massive 88-run drubbing in game 47 at Dubai. Being sent in to bat after losing the toss, SRH posted a mammoth 219 for 2 on the board. In response, 131 was all Delhi could manage in 19 overs. Cricket Today analyses the performances of players from both sides.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Wriddhiman Saha (9.5/10)

Replacing Jonny Bairstow, opened the innings and grabbed his opportunity with both hands. Attacking the Delhi bowlers from the word go, blazed his way to a brutal 87 from 45 balls. Took on everyone from Kagiso Rabada to Ravichandran Ashwin and came out on top. Blasted 12 fours and two sixes in his innings, and looked set for a hundred when he dismissed, mistiming one straight up in the air.

Rashid Khan (9.5/10)

With DC capitulating under the pressure of a huge total, was nearly unplayable. Cleaned up Shimron Hetmyer with a leg break first ball and then trapped Ajinkya Rahane with a googly. Sent back Axar Patel in his last over to end with sensational figures of 3 for 7.

David Warner (8.5/10)

Celebrated his 34th birthday with a brilliant 66 from only 34 balls. It was a typical Warner knock as the SRH captain took on the bowlers and smashed them for eight fours and two sixes. It was exactly the kind of knock Hyderabad had been expecting from Warner all along. Was gifted a couple of easy catches in the field.

Sandeep Sharma (8/10)

Claimed the massive wicket of Shikhar Dhawan with a full ball that the left-hander failed to get under. Had Rishabh Pant caught behind to finish with 2 for 27.

T Natarajan (7.5/10)

Was economical with 2 for 26. Helped himself to a couple of wickets at the death.

Manish Pandey (7/10)

With the platform set, helped himself to a quick 44 not out from 31 balls with the help of four fours and a six.

Kane Williamson (5/10)

Coming in at the death, made an unbeaten 11 from 10 balls. Managed only one four.

Shahbaz Nadeem (5/10)

Got the crucial wicket of big-hitting Marcus Stoinis with a good length ball that the all-rounder slapped straight to mid-off.

Vijay Shankar (5/10)

Dismissed DC skipper Shreyas Iyer with a slower short ball before limping off the field.

Jason Holder (3/10)

Went for 46 in his four even as DC crumbled. Picked up Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end of the innings.

Abdul Samad (No Rating)

Did not bat

Delhi Capitals

Rishabh Pant (5/10)

Took 35 balls for his 36. Did not look eloquent at all during his stay at the crease.

Ajinkya Rahane (4.5/10)

Looked fluent during his stay at the crease for the first time. Eased his way to 26 with the help of three fours and a six. Failed to read a googly from Rashid Khan and was trapped right in front of the stumps.

Ravichandran Ashwin (4/10)

Broke the century opening stand with a well-flighted delivery to David Warner. Was expensive, going for 35 in his three.

Tushar Deshpande (4/10)

Struggled again. Went for 35 in his three. Slammed an unbeaten 20 from 9 with the bat.

Axar Patel (3/10)

Bowled his four overs for 36 without taking a scalp. Was dismissed cheaply by Rashid Khan.

Shimron Hetmyer (3/10)

Made 16 before being cleaned up by Rashid Khan. Exposed his stumps against the leggie’s first ball, and missed the delivery completely to be bowled.

Shreyas Iyer (2/10)

Failed to play a captain’s knock. Dabbed a slower short ball straight to extra cover having scored only seven.

Marcus Stoinis (2/10)

Promoted to number three in the hope of some quick runs, failed to deliver. Placed a good length delivery from Shahbaz Nadeem straight to mid-off having made 5.

Anrich Nortje (2/10)

Had a forgettable day. Was taken for 37 in his four. Claimed Wriddhiman Saha’s wicket for 87 as the SRH opened looked to take him on.

Kagiso Rabada (1/10)

Had his worst day of IPL 2020 so far, being hammered for 54 in his four. Failed to get his line and length right as the SRH batters attacked him from the word go.

Shikhar Dhawan (0/10)

With the pressure of a huge chase, perished for a first-ball duck trying to take on Sandeep Sharma, but only managed to hit a full ball straight up in the air, to be caught at mid-off.

IPL 2020: Shahrukh Khan indulges in a hilarious conversation after fan questions him on KKR’s upside-down season

Vedant Yadav Updated: 27 October, 2020, 10:59 PM IST

Three-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders have experienced mixed results in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League in the UAE.

During the weekend, KKR had triumphed over Delhi Capitals with a dominant performance, racking up a 59-run win over Shreyas Iyer’s side. However, last night, the Eoin Morgan-led side slumped to an 8-wicket defeat to KXIP.

This defeat meant KKR will have to win their remaining games to have any of making it to the playoffs. DC currently occupy the fifth spot in the IPl 2020 tables with 12 points.

KKR’s upside-down season has developed a curiousness amongst the KKR fans, who are biting their nails and wondering if the team would eventually qualify for the playoffs or not.

“Kya lagta hai kolkata jitegi sir.. Iss baar!? KKR wali cricket nahi fans ke jazbaat ke saath khel rahi hai... (What do you think sir, will KKR win this time? KKR are not playing cricket but playing with fans emotions),” a fan asked KKR co-owner and Bollywood actor, Shahrukh Khan.

In his reply, the SRK wrote: “Arre meri socho....mere dil pe kya beet rahi hai!!!! (Think about me... what all is going through my heart!!!).”

Meanwhile, after KKR's heavy defeat to KXIP, skipper Eoin Morgan stated that the franchises’ promotion through to the playoffs is in their own hands.

IPL 2020, CSK vs KKR: Dream11 team prediction, probable XI and predicted winner  

CT Contributor Updated: 27 October, 2020, 10:57 PM IST

Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will meet each other in match number 49 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. KKR will hope to bounce back after being thrashed by an in-form Kings XI Punjab. Meanwhile, CSK are already knocked out of the tournament and will want to avoid the last place in the standings.

CSK will go with the same combination which worked so well against RCB. They bowled well and the batsmen took charge to get the job done. One expects MS Dhoni's troops to give everything they have and prevent KKR from going strong.

KKR will need a response from their top order. In the previous two games, they were reduced to 42/3 and 10/3 respectively. Dinesh Karthik's number four position needs to be analyzed. He has been a major failure while coming into bat inside the 10 overs. The bowling needs to improve as well. It's a must-win scenario for the Knights.

KKR vs CSK: Dream11 team prediction

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Eoin Morgan (vc), Shubman Gill.

Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni.

All-rounders: Sam Curran (c), Sunil Narine.

Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson.

Rationale behind the Dream11 team

It's a decent batting unit. Faf gets our backing alongside KKR's in-form star Shubman. Gaikwad, who finally broke the shackles against RCB, gets the nod. Morgan and Dhoni add experience in the middle order.

Narine and Curran are the two utility all-rounders. In the bowling department, KKR trio Cummins, Ferguson and Chakravarthy fill in. CSK's Deepak adds more depth.

Probable starting XI

CSK - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.

KKR - Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.

Match prediction

With no pressure on offer, CSK might spoil KKR's plans.

Head-to-head record

CSK have won 13 matches, whereas KKR have collected eight wins. One match had no result.