About the Match
With 2 matches gone for Sunrisers Hyderabad, they are yet to open their points tally and will now face Delhi Daredevils, who have collected 2 points from their three outings, on 25th April at Dubai. Both teams have a similar NRR; a crushing defeat by 72 runs against the mighty Punjab has left the Sunrisers dispirited and on the other hand a 93-run defeat against a formidable CSK left Delhi in a staggering position. The memories of defeat are fresh and looming for both teams and the upcoming contest will be a chance to redeem themselves; as such the match will be interesting as both sides will try to outwit the other with similar talents and team composition.
Dhawan and Finch have not been able to put together a decent opening stand so far and only Rahul has been consistent with his contribution from bat. Half the side was back in pavilion at the half way mark against Kings XI with just 74 runs on board and you do not expect the lower order to repair the damage at that stage. The experienced Shikhar Dhawan, Warner and Pathan need to analyze their batting order and come out with a strategy to ensure that they build solid foundation to mount attack and raise the run rate early on in the innings. Their bowling strength is very effective but without matching support from the fieldsmen, who drop too many catches, you cannot expect them to be confident and take wickets. Sammy, Kumar, Mishra and Warner supported each other well but Steyn has not been as successful. The team needs to introspect and contribute to the success of the team by harnessing their individual strengths before it’s too late.
Murali Vijay, Duminy and Karthik, have been consistent with the bat but their fielding needs improvement; with Kevin Pietersen expected to be back in the squad, we expect to see them come out all guns blazing. Though they caused an upset to a confident KKR, they neither chased successfully against Chennai nor put up an imposing target on Bangalore when batting first. Their last loss against CSK was a collective failure though they have good bowling strengths in Shami, Duminy and Unadkat. They have to understand the need to keep wickets in the initial stages so that they could enhance the run rate after initial 5 to 10 overs. Duminy and Taylor have the capability to mount the pressure on the opponents when they bat, but unfortunately they run out of dependable partners to improve the run rate. They have to exploit the weak points of the opposition and make in-roads to create ripples in the minds of the opposite team players to emerge victorious; hopefully with Pietersen’s leadership, they will be able to bounce back here.
A match more or less equally balanced with both teams needing to put together their mind and body to improve their chances of winning capabilities. Delhi is better placed in their fielding strengths whereas Sunrisers have a capable batting strength; with better strategy and tact, we expect the Sunrisers to see victory in the middle.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, 1.80 @ Bet365