Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to firm their position in the playoffs places when they take on Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on Wednesday, April 19.
With the fight for top-four promising to go to the wire, this match could well turn out to be a humdinger.
The Sunrisers picked up two wins from the first two matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. But losses to Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in the next two matches meant they were stuck in the mid-table melee.
And it was only by a very minor stretch of play that they avoided a third straight loss against Kings XI Punjab on Monday night.
David Warner is scoring runs at will at the top of the order but beyond the top-three, the Sunrisers are struggling to find runs. Naman Ojha did get back among the runs against Kings XI but overall it was a case of finding the right balance with the domestic batters. Deepak Hooda is nowhere close to finding runs to match his potential while Yuvraj Singh is struggling to be consistent.
Bowling though is working superbly for Hyderabad who have the tournament’s top bowler Bhuvneswar Kumar in its ranks. Rashid Khan is brilliant with his variety and execution although he did get stick against Kings XI in the previous match.
Delhi Daredevils had a mixed bag so far picking up two wins and two losses. The loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore was offset by the comprehensive win against Rising Pune Supergiants. Kings XI Punjab were then swept aside but the loss to Kolkata Knight Riders set them back once again.
Sanju Samson’s form at the top of the order is a refreshing positive for the Daredevils but the struggles for Karun Nair aren’t helping them. Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant should go up ahead of Nair who is stalling the innings. Zaheer Khan is rolling back years with the ball but lack of consistency from Amit Mishra is hurting them bad.
Barinder Sran didn’t take his opportunity for the Sunrisers against Kings XI and could make way for Ashish Nehra. Mohammad Nabi proved his utility with the ball and may just make the cut.
Delhi could welcome back Corey Anderson in place of Angelo Mathews while Shahbaz Nadeem should slot back into the side.
Delhi did the double against Sunrisers last year with Karun Nair and David Warner excelling for their sides.
Sunrisers start favourites for this encounter at odds of $1.70 (TopBetta
). Delhi have a good record against Hyderabad from last season but that may count for nothing in the run-up for this game with the visitors priced at $2.21 (Sportsbet
Warner has added a dose of responsibility to his repertoire ever since he took the reins at Sunrisers. Back him to be their best batsman once again at odds of $3.00 (Sportsbet
What a purple patch Bhuvneswar is having. Back him at odds of $4.33 (bet365
) to be the top bowler for Sunrisers. For Delhi, Morris should top the bowling charts.