Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils: SRH eye 4th straight IPL 2017 home win
Sunrisers Hyderarabd are currently third-placed in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with six points from five matches. Delhi Daredevils have four points from four matches.ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 19, 2017 15:14 IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to continue their three-match winning run at home when they face a spirited Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
All of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s three wins have come in Hyderabad and they won their last match on Tuesday, defeating Kings XI Punjab by five runs. They have lost both their away matches played so far, which suggests that they really thrive at home.
However, SRH’s might will come under serious challenge against Delhi, who defeated Punjab by more than 50 runs before losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in a match decided in the last over.
Packed with young batsmen like Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi Daredevils’ strength lies in their array of talented seam-bowling all-rounders.
The likes of Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and Pat Cummins provide the depth and balance to the side. But the exciting team sometimes faces an absence of a pivot around which the team will bat around.
DD captain Zaheer Khan has shown that despite his international retirement, he remains one of the best exponents of seam bowling. Supporting him in the bowling attack will be Mohammed Shami and veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra.
Not only Delhi Daredevils’ bowling but also their batting faces tough challenges against defending champions Hyderabad, who boast one of the most balanced teams in the tournament.
In Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sunrisers Hyderabad have two of India’s best shortest format medium pacers. Bhuvneshwar’s ability to mix seam with yorkers and blockholes at both the start and at the death overs has been high quality stuffs in T20 cricket.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is currently the highest wicket-taker with 15 scalps. Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s newly acquired Afghan spin pair of Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi has been impressive.
“Sunrisers are known for their bowling strength and defending low totals,” Bhuvneshwar said after his team defended a total of 159/6 against Punjab.
In batting, though they have strong batting line-up, they have been so far reliant on captain David Warner to show them the way. The Australian left-handed opener is currently leading batting charts in the tournament so far with 235 runs. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan too is in decent form, scoring 135 runs.
However, Yuvraj Singh (93 runs), Deepak Hooda (50) need to step up, while Australian Moises Henriques will be asked to deliver both with the ball and the bat.
First Published: Apr 18, 2017 23:00 IST