About the Match
Sunrisers defeated Supergiants by defending a low-score successfully and have taken the top spot with 14 points after 10 matches; they will be facing Delhi Daredevils, who are in the 4th place with 10 points after 9 matches, on 12th May at Hyderabad. The Daredevils have lost their last two games and need a win now to start climbing up the ladder; Sunrisers on the other hand have proven to be a formidable force to reckon with and are eager to continue with their winning momentum. It needs to be seen which team can rise above its weaknesses and come out all guns blazing on Thursday.
Dhawan, Williamson and Yuvraj Singh ensured to keep the scoreboard ticking against Supergiants; however, the lower middle order couldn’t keep the tempo up and they could muster only 137 runs on board. The bowlers however, kept their nerves together and stunned the opposition with quick breakthroughs. Nehra’s 3-29 demolished the Daredevils middle order while Sran, Henriques and B Kumar claimed a wicket each to help restrict the opponents to 133 runs and win the match.
Against Mumbai Indians, the batting line-up posted 177 runs thanks to a solid performance by Dhawan, who scored an unbeaten 82 off 57 deliveries, and Warner and Yuvraj, who kept the runs flowing. Speedtsers Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman took 3 wickets each and also stifled the opposition; Sran claimed 2 wickets while Henriques and B Kumar took a wicket each and helped win the match by a massive 85 runs, taking Sunrisers to high on the points table.
Overall, they have an in-form bowling attack with a good mix of pace and spin that helps them restrict opponents whether fielding first or defending a target; the batting line-up is comprised of experienced players like Warner, Yuvraj and Dhawan, who can pressurise any bowling attack.
Their last win came against Gujarat Lions after chasing down 150 runs comfortably with 16 balls to spare; Rishabh Pant put up a stupendous show by scoring 69 off 40 balls while Quinton de Kock scored a superb 46 to help build the foundation. Duminy and Samson yet again contributed well in the middle and ensured to take the team safely home; earlier, the bowlers contained the opposition with a disciplined attack as Nadeem took 2-23 in his 3-over spell and all the others took a wicket each in regular intervals.
Against Kings XI, Quinton and Samson put up a 70-run opening stand while gunning for 182 runs, but the others couldn’t come out all guns blazing and they lost the match by a narrow margin of 9 runs. Against Supergiants, the top order collapsed like a pack of cards and although Bllings, Nair and Duminy made good contributions, the 162 runs weren’t enough to win the match. Bowlers like Shami, Brathwaite and Pawan Negi proved to be expensive and they lost the match by 7 wickets.
They will need to make amends if they want to stop the Sunrisers, who are on a winning spree; a good strategy and a disciplined bowling attack will help them overcome the opponents.
Daredevils have done extremely well in the tournament so far whereas Sunrisers too have not left anything unchecked. Although Daredevils have good resources to win, Sunrisers who look unstoppable at the moment, especially in the conditions conducive to pace bowling, are clear favourites to emerge victorious on Thursday