Pride at stake for Delhi as Hyderabad look to consolidate on top spot: Match Preview
The Delhi Daredevils (DD) will be looking to go one step further having come close to beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the last time these two teams met. With nothing but pride to play for, they will certainly be looking to give SRH a run for their money. A win for SRH will take them to 18 points and will make them strong contenders to finish in the top two
May 10, 2018
20:00 hours IST
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Delhi did everything right in their last game against Hyderabad and nearly pulled off a victory had it not been for a couple of poor deliveries in the last over that they bowled. They managed to put up the highest score by any team against SRH this season and almost did a good job in defending it. All that they need to do now is to repeat that performance better.
While Prithvi Shaw’s fine form has continued, there is no doubt about the fact that Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be looking for a big score. He has had an ordinary tournament by his standards and has even dropped a couple of catches. As the entire team looks to finish on a high, so would Maxwell.
Delhi has not played a game since they were pitted against Hyderabad, but the latter did manage to strangle the Royal Challengers Bangalore in what was their last game. While the batsmen succumbed to 146 all out on a slow wicket, their bowlers responded brilliantly once again to give them a five run win.
People never doubted Kane Williamson’s captaincy credentials. What they did doubt though is whether he would have the same impact with the bat as David Warner. He may not have bludgeoned fours and sixes off the opposition bowling but he has played beautifully at crucial stages of the tournament. With 410 runs at an average of 51.25 and a strike rate of 131.83, he has barely put a foot wrong.
A much-needed contribution from Shakib al Hasan with the bat was welcomed with open arms and if Manish Pandey finds his fluency with the bat then their batting line up would look ominous. Not to forget the brilliance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul, who have been tremendous with the ball at the death for them. The latter has already been rewarded with a national team call up and will be looking to celebrate with one more fine performance.
Expect an unchanged XI from both teams.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
Delhi Daredevils – Prithvi Shaw, Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Naman Ojha, Vijay Shankar, Dan Christian, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
- Delhi Daredevils are one short of joining the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore as the sides conceding most sixes this IPL. They have conceded 88 sixes so far
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma have economy rates of 5.20 and 5.31 runs per over in the powerplay – the lowest this season
- Glenn Maxwell has an overall T20 career strike rate of 157.55. As an opener, it goes up to 181.06
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