About the Match
Sunrisers Hyderabad took a bold decision to rest both of their premier fast bowlers and play Ishant Sharma instead to strengthen their batting in their previous game against Rajasthan Royals which proved to be a smart decision as well. It would be interesting to see if they rest their bowlers once again when they visit Raipur to play against hosts Delhi Daredevils on 9th May 2015. Daredevils started off slowly, looked good in the middle stages, but ran out of steam when it mattered the most. Now that they cannot make it to the playoffs, they'll look to gain some pride by spoiling other teams chances. Delhi will play at their new home ground, Raipur and they'd be hoping for the change in fortunes with the change in venue. This is the first game in Raipur and this game has everything for the crowd to be excited about and with playoff spot at stake for sunrises, it surely will be a cracker of an encounter.
Resting Steyn and Trent Boult in the last game proved to be a smart decision as they bolstered their batting which propelled them to a winning total against Rajasthan Royals. Although Rajasthan Royals never looked in the game despite some lusty blows by Steve Smith and Chris Morris during the back end of the innings, their bowling was not up to the mark. Barring Bhuvneshwar Kuamr, no bowler appeared to apply the breaks in slog overs. Their batting, however, proved too heavy for RR bowlers and left a tall job of chasing 201 for RR batsmen. Eion Morgan looked in sublime touch after a very long time. Shikhar Dhawan played some fabulous shots and scored very important half century. Team's think tank is being praised for their brave decision of resting Boult and Steyn, but it would be interesting to see if they do that again and if they do, whether their batsmen can match the task once again.
Daredevils had a forgetful last IPL season and it doesn't look much different this season too. With just four wins from eleven games, Daredevils' campaign is as good as over. Yuvraj Singh has scored just over a couple of hundred runs in as many as ten games, he has looked just another player. Apart from one or two outings, JP Duminy hasn't looked like himself. The most disappointing part of their campaign has been their fielding as they've given away 20-30 runs in each outing and have dropped some sitters as well. There are some positives to draw as well; The duo of Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir has looked impressive throughout the competition. Shreyas Iyer has been pick of their batsmen as he has scored plenty of runs at the top of the order. Delhi Daredevils need to bounce back and at least make it hard for Sunrisers to make it to the playoffs and hence gain some lost pride.
Sunrisers have everything to play for in this game as playoff spot is at stake and competition is getting tougher with every passing game. Delhi Daredevils are in nothing to lose and everything to gain situation, but we feel that feel that the Sunrisers Hyderabad will propel themselves to a win in this match and get closer to the final four.