Given their path to playoffs, Capitals favorites begin: Harsha Bhogle

NEW DELHI: Cricket Commentator Harsha Bhogle Chose Delhi Capitals As Favorites In The Eliminator Against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In His Column For The Times Of India, Bhogle Wrote," It Must Seem Unfair That A Team That Finished With 18 Points Has To Take On Another That Only Got 12 In An Eliminator! And Tell Themselves That About 14 Matches, They Were The Better Team So They Must Start This Game As Favorites."

Shikhar Dhawan Mustered 486 Runs In 14 Innings For Delhi And Ishant Sharma Had An Economy Rate Of Around 7.5 This Season.

" Their Trade For Shikhar Dhawan Has Turned Out To Be Good As Was The Contrarian Decision To Pick Ishant Sharma. But The Sunrisers Will Be Aware That There Are Now A Few Soft Spots In The Hard Exterior Or Their Opponents. Prithvi Shaw And Colin Ingram Has Got Off, Rishabh Pant Is Inconsistent, Chris Morris Disappointing IPL And Kagiso Rabada Is Gone. On The Plus Side Though, When Pant Comes Off The Wins, Shreyas Iyer Has Been Impressive And Trent Boult Is A Pedigrees Replacement For Rabada." They Might Well Be That In The Absence Of Warner And Bairstow, Their Opponents Are Equally Less Prepared," Bhogle Added.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Have A Strong Bowling Attack. It's Their Batting Which Is Their Weak Link Since The Departure Of David Warner And Jonny Bairstow.

" The Sunrisers Chose Very Well And With Manish Pandey And Kane Williamson Back In Form, They Must Be Optimistic. But They Still Need More From The Indian Core In The Middle Order And Must Hope That Rashid Khan's Form Is An Aberration And Returns To Being The Leader Of The Attack," Bhogle Concluded.