Indian Premier League, 2018
Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Big Picture
When you are down and out and have absolutely nothing to lose, a sense of liberation tends to bring the best out of you. This is exactly what the Delhi Daredevils have been displaying in the past few games ever since Shreyas Iyer was handed over the reigns. Delhi has plundered a total in excess of 190 runs in their last three matches solely due to youthful shenanigans and fearless cricket by their youngsters in Prithwi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and their skipper Shreyas Iyer. The trio was at their belligerent best in the last game against RR, scoring pulsating fifties at a strike-rate in excess of 140. While their batting has been superb, bowling still remains a cause of concern with the likes of Avesh Khan and Liam Plunkett going in for plenty.
Their opponents in SRH, who have mastered the art of choking down their opposition while defending a middling target, offered a glimpse of their batting prowess with Hales (45) at the top of the order giving them an ideal start, and the likes of Williamson (32) and Yusuf Pathan (27 of 12) finishing off the chase with precision. With 14 points in 9 matches, SRH sits at the top of the table and a win against RCVB will all-but seal their fate into the playoffs.
Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
When: 10 May 2018, 8:00 PM
Pitch Conditions: Though the pitch at the Kotla largely favors the batsman, in the past few years it has proceeded to remain slow and sluggish with slow-bowlers with all their subtle variations like cutters and knuckleball coming into play.
Statistics over the years: While over the past ten years, the average first innings score has swelled from 167 to 179, the team batting first has won 47.9% times (35) while the side chasing has a winning percentage of 49.3% (36) and 2 matches have resulted in a tie or washout.
Team News and Playing 11
Playing 11: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia/Jayant Yadav/Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Liam Plunkett/Junior Dala, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
Playing 11: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Alex Hales, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan