When Chris Woakes and Jason Roy pulled out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons, many Delhi Capital supporters would have thought the worst. After all, Delhi fans have been craving success for so many years and pulling two foreign stars is not the best way to start a campaign.
But little did they know that the franchise would end up Strike Gold with a single replacement. Yes, Enrique Narje of South Africa signed in place of Vox has quietly been the star of the campaign so far.
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While his famous countryman Kagiso Rabada has been the center of attraction, and why not – Rabada led the Purple Cap race with 12 wickets, Norte has been a rock in the bowling line-up for the Capitals, often delivering crucial wickets. And pressures with his disciplined bowling. Add to this that his bang speed and proteas are going to be very revealing this season.
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So, when DC clash with the Rajasthan Royals on Friday, they will hope that both Rabada and Nortje are in their elements. The Royals have struggled in their last three matches, but they are back in Sharjah for the tournament, the place where they won their opening two matches.
Delhi will also need Ashwin and Axar to tighten on the deck of the flat in Sharjah. The likes of Butler and Samson like to stand up and deliver and Delhi needs to be wary of it. Delhi’s top order is in good form and Australia’s ‘rocket launcher’ Marcus Stoinis has done so.
Archer needs support and it has to come from the likes of Tom Curren and Shreyas Gopal. Karthik Tyagi impressed on his IPL debut and it will be interesting to see what the young batsmen do on a quiet track with short boundaries as DC.
A high scoring match is definitely on the cards, with both teams wanting to chase at the venue. Whoever bats, first needs to make sure that they bat the opposition out of the match, as there are almost no runs in Sharjah.
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