Delhi Daredevils will be hard pressed to get a good result against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Tonight the Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be battling out each other at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. So far in the league SRH has won six matches and lost three, hence they would definitely like to improve their performance graph. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, have won two and lost six.
DD are languishing at the bottom of the table with just two wins from 8 matches. The team must erase from their systems their poor showing in the previous match and capitalise on the opportunity of playing their next three matches at home. The team’s batting line-up could be boosted by the availability of Marlon Samuels, who was signed up as a replacement for Quinton de Kock. Zaheer Khan continues to nurse his injured hamstring, and in his absence the burden of captaincy will lie on the young shoulders of Karun Nair.
Sunrisers Hyderabad dismissed table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their last outing. Skipper David Warner led from the front, playing perhaps the most destructive innings of the season. Given their form so far, and the fact that they are on the brink of qualifying – having already won 6 of their 9 matches – SRH will do well to shift their goalposts and now look at finishing among the top two teams.
When & Where:
02May 2017, 2000 Hrs IST @ Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Current Status in IPL 2017
DD: Matches – 8, Won –2, Lost – 6
SRH: Matches –10, Won – 6,Lost – 3, N/R – 1
Captain Zaheer Khan will sit out for yet another time as he is being monitored after sustaining a hamstring injury during the clash against KKR at the Eden Gardens. Given their form, DD might be tempted to make a couple of changes and the Windies duo of Carlos Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels can get a look in place of Sam Billings and Corey Anderson.
The young contingent comprises of some serious talent but they haven’t been able to gel at crucial junctures of the game which has left them at the bottom of the points table. In Zaheer’s absence, Karun Nair is expected to continue the captaincy duties.
Predicted XI: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami.
SRH is unlikely to tinker with their playing XI after their dominating performance against Kolkata. After Mohammad Siraj’s impressive spell the other day along with Siddharth Kaul, veteran left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra will warm the benches.
Predicted XI: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Naman Ojha (wk), Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Siddharth Kaul.
Head to Head Record
Overall: Total Matches –9, DD Won – 2, SRH Won – 7
Given the current form of Delhi Daredevils and the history between the two sides, the defending champions have a clear edge over the hosts. SRH have won 7 out of their 9 matches against DD and the hosts have to play out of their skin to upstage a much-fancied opposition.
Our Prediction for the game :
The defending champions are outright favourites for tomorrow’s clash and Delhi has to play out of their skins to overhaul a much-fancied side.
Our Prediction goes with DD 30% – SRH 70%
Also, SRH have quite good Head-to-Head recored against delhi won 7 out of 9 matches played,Daredevils have lost on both occasions they have faced Sunrisers at Feroz Shah Kotla.