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Delhi Daredevils' win against the Royals take them one step closer to a playoff spot, but they'll always be one hiccup away from elimination. With three wins from nine games, the Daredevils need to win all of their remaining five matches to qualify for the playoffs. On the contrary, Sunrisers Hyderabad are sitting at the top of the table with six wins in nine games. They just need a couple of more wins to ascertain their place in the playoffs. The two teams lock horns on 5th May 2018 at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad looked to be one of the most balanced sides after the auction, but the absence of David Warner at the top due to the unfortunate ball-tampering incident clearly left a void at the top of the order. While the absence of Warner has clearly been felt at the top of the order, their bowlers have ensured that the impact of his absence is minimal.
Warner's like for like replacement, Alex Hales, was introduced in the playing XI in their last match and played a good knock at the top of the order. Shikhar Dhawan's poor form after the return from the injury can be of some concern for the management. Surprisingly, Kane Williamson is amongst the top five run-getters in the season and has been a lone warrior in the batting department for SRH in the last few games.
Defending the totals of around 150 and below not once, not twice, but thrice, where the scores of even 200 have been chased is certainly a remarkable feat and the SRH bowlers deserve all the credit. Despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar's absence, the bowlers have been able to pick up wickets as well as plug the run-flow. Sandeep Sharma's accuracy and swing have been so good that even the best of the batsmen have struggled to score against him. Rashid Khan received hammering in two consecutive matches as he conceded more than a hundred in two matches combined, but he has racked up some pretty good performances after that. Siddarth Kaul, too, has been brilliant this year.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to return to the squad and it would be a difficult task for the management to take a cog out of the bowling attack which is bowling so well. Batting looked a little thin for Sunrisers Hyderabad prior to the last game, but the inclusion of Alex Hales has improved that to some extent. Delhi Daredevils will have to put up a special performance to get past this Hyderabad side.
AD Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, KS Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, YK Pathan, WP Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, S Sharma.
Delhi Daredevils survived a scare from Jos Buttler in their game against Rajasthan Royals. Jos Buttler scored a blistering half-century and had the Daredevils on knees before he was stumped for 54. Earlier in the first innings, the Daredevils wrecked havoc on Rajasthan's bowling lineup as they compiled 194 runs in just 17.1 overs. Prithvi Shaw started the innings in a belligerent fashion and once he departed, it was all Rishabh Pant show. Pant scored 69 off just 29 deliveries and got good support from Shreyas Iyer who, too, completed his half-century.
The Daredevils' bowlers were put under the pump right from the first over by Jos Buttler, but the manner in which they bounced back was impressive. At one stage, Rajasthan Royals were looking all set to win the match with 72 to get off 26 deliveries, but Amit Mishra and Trent Boult bowled with accuracy and held their nerve when it mattered the most.
The Daredevils are hanging by a thin thread in the tournament and this could be Iyer's toughest test since he has taken over the reigns from Gautam Gambhir. The side has been brimming with confidence and energy since then and if they can continue the way they've been doing from the last couple of matches, Sunrisers will surely have a tough time.
Prithvi Shaw, N Ojha, Shreyas Iyer, RR Pant, Glenn Maxwell, V Shankar, DT Christian, LE Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh khan, TA Boult.
Captains have more often than not decided to chase in this year's IPL and we don't expect it to change in this match either.
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It is summer time in India and Hyderabad gets extremely hot during the daytime which can cause the surface to be hard and dry. It's expected to be a hard surface with some assistance for the spinners. While there aren't many chances of it, even a little dew can make the track easier to bat on. Putting the opposition in to bat first is all that the captains will think about after winning the toss.
Since Gautam Gambhir has resigned from the captaincy and Munro is included in the squad, Delhi Daredevils have played three games and have won two. One thing which has stayed consistent in all those three matches is their batting. Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, and Colin Munro have all played fearlessly and that has reflected in the results. These batsmen will now face a stern test as they'll be facing the best bowling unit of the tournament, Sunrisers Hyderabad. With Iyer and Pant in superb batting form, we think it would be hard to stop Delhi Daredevils even for the SRH bowlers. We expect Delhi Daredevils to register yet another win and edge closer to top-four.
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