Axar Patel in line for promotion as Delhi Capitals seek to resolve middle order issues against Gujarat Titans

IPL 2023 continues to be a nightmare for the Delhi Capitals who failed to resolve a myriad of on-field issues that led to six defeats in eight matches. Their latest home capitulation was the latest in a series of frustrating performances this season that have gone from bad to worse.

They haven’t shot as a unit so far and their next challenge is a versatile Gujarat Titans for which various players have repeatedly stood up to take them over the line.

What: GT vs. DC, IPL 2023

When: May 2 (Tuesday)

Or: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Time: 7:30 p.m. IST

DC Team News

Prithvi Shaw’s dismal run provided an opportunity for Phil Salt to open alongside David Warner. He was at his destructive best in the last game, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the team would need him to be consistent alongside Warner and number three Mitchell Marsh, who finally played to his potential against SRH with a performance overall.

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Delhi has been guilty of losing too many wickets in the middle and needs to address this in the future. Keeping Axar Patel fit for the dead is understandable, but given his dream run with the bat over the last 12 months in international cricket, Warner could push him to number five or even higher.

Entering the season as a substitute player, Priyam Garg has a much-needed opportunity and he has only himself to blame if he can’t make it count. Veteran Manish Pandey can also do better at number four.

The team’s Indian bowlers aren’t faring as badly as the batters, but Mukesh Kumar can certainly improve his save rate, having conceded nearly 11 runs per over in seven games.

Old horse Ishant Sharma has done his job in the three games he has been in while Anrich Nortje will be looking for wickets in the upcoming games.

GT Team News

Delhi is in deep trouble and faces a GT opponent who has built a reputation for winning a match in any situation. Chasing 180 against KKR on Saturday, they were in trouble but eventually went home with 13 balls in reserve.

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Battling alongside David Miller, Vijay Shankar played one of his best IPL rounds to lead the team to their sixth win in eight games. The defending champions remain the team to beat this season.

Irish left-arm pacer Joshua Little comes into his own after learning some tough lessons in his debut season.

In the spin department, they could still bank on Rashid Khan, but now they have another Afghan gem in Noor Ahmad, who bagged eight wickets in four games with an impressive save rate of 7.33.

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Complete teams

CC : David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan, Aman Hakim Khan, Abhishek Porel (wk), Axar Patel, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, Rovman Powell, Rilee Rossouw, Anrich Nortje, Mustafizur Rahaman, Chetan Sakariya, Mukesh Kumar, Phil Salt, Lungi Ngidi, Praveen Dubey, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vicky Ostwal, Ishant Sharma, Manish Pandey, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Yash Dhull.

GT: Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav , R. Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Dasun Shanaka, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little and Mohit Sharma

With PTI inputs

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