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DELHI CAPITALS WEEK THREE – FIVE TALKING POINTS

1) Nortje Express: One of the revelations of this tournament, Anrich Nortje has been terrific for DC. He has been consistently bowling above 145 kmph in his spells and has formed a terrific partnership with his Proteas teammate, Kagiso Rabada. In the match against RR, he managed to break the record of the fastest ball bowled in IPL history with a recorded speed of 156.2 kmph. In fact, he now holds the record of the top three fastest deliveries of the tournament.

2) Gabbar is back: One of the biggest positives for DC this week was Shikhar Dhawan coming back into form. The usually reliable Dhawan didn’t have the best of starts to the tournament and his form was a matter of concern. He came into some form against MI but his slow innings had played a part in their loss. Against RR, not only did he manage to score a half-century, but also in very quick time with a terrific SR of 172.2.

3) A Complete Bowling Line Up:  DC has one of the best bowling attacks of this competition. Their spin bowling attack comprising Axar Patel and R Ashwin has to be one of the most economical bowling duos in the competition. Rabada and Nortje have been breathing fire throughout the tournament. Also, uncapped Indian pacers like Harshal Patel and Tushar Deshpande have also chipped in whenever they have been called upon.

4) Injuries Galore: While they have managed to put in great performances on the field, off the field they have been hit by a flurry of injuries. They were just coming to terms with Amit Mishra’s injury when the news of Ishant Sharma being ruled out of the tournament came in. Then, Rishabh Pant was diagnosed with a hamstring injury, and to make matters worse, Shreyas Iyer also injured his shoulder in the last match. The injury list is a big worry for Delhi Capitals going forward.

5) Inconsistencies in Fielding:  The fielding efforts shown by the Capitals across the week was up and down. They had a great match vs RR but had a terrible one against MI and then managed to pull off a better performance vs RR again. These inconsistencies on the field may end up costing DC a lot especially at the business end of the tournament.

SOME POSITIVES FOR DELHI CAPITALS DESPITE LOSS TO MUMBAI INDIANS

Written by Kartik O

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