Delhi Daredevils will face off against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in a do-or-die encounter

sports/cricket | Thursday, May 10th, 2018
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Highlights

Well! This game would be a mere formality for SRH but for DD, this is something to play for pride as well as spoil some other team’s campaign. Shreyas Iyer’s men will now be under no pressure and can play freely while Sunrisers are safe and would like to continue their winning momentum.

 

 

In what could be the biggest mismatch of IPL 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad, will travel up north to face Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla. Both these teams have had quite the opposite tale this season which is also reflected in the points table. While Sunrisers Hyderabad has been exceptionally brilliant in the season, Delhi Daredevils have been nothing short of below par. Therefore, as Sunrisers are enjoying their stint at the top of the table, Delhi Daredevils are languishing at the bottom. Although Delhi Daredevils have a chance of making it to the playoffs, those chances are hanging by a thread and their new captain Shreyas Iyer knows it.

 Sunrisers Hyderabad edged out Delhi Daredevils when the two teams faced-off last week. Delhi Daredevils will be playing at home, and they have won their last two matches here. Sunrisers Hyderabad has the momentum with them having won their last five games straight.

 

DD vs SRH Team News

 

Delhi Daredevils:

 DD has tried Glenn Maxwell at the opening slot in the last match, but the move did not work. The team management may replace him with either Munro or Roy.

Naman Ojha, Dan Christian and Avesh Khan are the other doubtful starters for the fixture.

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

 After back-to-back winning performances, SRH would be confident with the winning combination and are unlikely to make changes.

There are no reports of any injuries in the squad.

 

DD vs SRH KEY PLAYERS

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • Kane Williamson is the top run-getter for SRH with 410 runs.
  • Siddarth Kaul and Rashid Khan have picked 13 wickets apiece in the tournament.

 Delhi Daredevils

  • Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer have been the stand-out batsmen for DD.
  • Trent Boult is their leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets.

 DD vs SRH Head to Head

 Out of the eleven matches played between these two sides in the Indian Premier League, seven have been won by the Sunrisers Hyderabad and four by the Delhi Daredevils. However, the Daredevils have won three of their last five matches against the Sunrisers which includes the twin wins in the 2016 season. Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a seven-wicket victory when they faced the Delhi Daredevils in the reverse fixture last week at their home ground.

 

Total Matches: 11; Delhi Daredevils Won: 4; Sunrisers Hyderabad Won: 7

 

Delhi Daredevils Predicted Playing 11: Prithvi Shaw, Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Naman Ojha, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult

Sunrisers Hyderabad Predicted Playing 11: Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma

 Prediction:

 I expect the Daredevils to cause an upset over the table-toppers. They are in a do-or-die situation, and we could expect their batsmen to come to the party big time. The trio of Shaw, Iyer, and Pant will be key to their batting line-up. With Glenn Maxwell opening the batting, we might see him perform this time around.

 

With a win, the Daredevils will move above the Royal Challengers Bangalore and go to the seventh position on the table.

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