The Hyderabad Sunrisers of David Warner are up against the Delhi Capitals on Sunday, April 25, start time 7:30 PM. As with all IPL Group matches this year, it will be held at a neutral venue, in this case, in Chennai.
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SRH finally won during the week to get some points on the board and some much-needed confidence. They’d lost their first three and defeat against Punjab would have practically ended their season almost before it started.
It was notable that they went back to the strategy of occupying three of their top 4 places with overseas batsmen. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow open the batting and Kane Williamson bats at either three or four. It means they’re using three of their overseas places on top-order batters but that’s how they’ve had success in the past.
It means that Rashid Khan is the sole overseas bowler but the good news is that SRH have some fine Indian bowlers, such as Khaleel Ahmed, who took three wickets last time out.
But they’ve lost international bowler T Natarajan to injury for the whole season and that’s a considerable blow.
Likely XI: Bairstow, Warner, Williamson, Pandey, Jadhav, Shankar, Sharma, Khan, Kumar, Kaul, Ahmed
Delhi Team News
A fine start from Delhi Capitals has seen them win three out of for and that should probably be four out of four.
They are, however, still in the process of finding their best balance. Smith, Stoinis, Hetmyer, Woakes, and Rabada have all had chances to impress as overseas men and Anrich Nortje will surely get a game as well as a fast bowler to pair with Rabada.
In time they may decide that it’s Smith they have to sacrifice but then again, there’s no obvious player to come in at three besides him.
But it’s been Indian bowler Avesh Khan who’s been taking the wickets; he’s got eight so far.
The trend for low scores continues in Chennai. The last two games have seen the team batting first fail to post 135 and even then, it hasn’t been so easy to chase that.
So it’s a ground for the spinners to exploit and one where 150 first up could well be enough. Batsmen know they have to work hard for their runs here.
SRH vs DC Head-to-Head
Hyderabad are 11-7 up over the years and things have been tight between them lately as well. Over the last two years, they played each other three times each season and it was two wins from three from SRH last year, and two wins from three for DC the year before.
So not much to choose between them although of course, Hyderabad are ahead overall.
If SRH are ahead on head to head, then DC are very much ahead on toss wins. Their record at winning the toss in this fixture is one of the best in the IPL so we have to bank on DC doing so again.
There are three good reasons why DC are the bet here. They have better spinners who can exploit the Chennai conditions better (SRH only really have Rashid Khan), they have looked a better side so far this IPL and they also bat considerably deeper.
If both top orders struggle, this could be very unimportant because lower-order runs from the likes of Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, or Ravi Ashwin could make a big difference here.
Bairstow and Warner have scored the bulk of SRH’s runs so far which is hardly surprising. They always do and as the overseas stars, that’s exactly what they’re meant to do. Bairstow has been particularly good.
But a decent Delhi attack may dismiss at least one of them early and that could open the door to the brilliant Kane Williamson.
It will be tough to score runs here in Chennai and few are as good as grinding out hard-working 50s as Williamson is. Let’s hope so.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals Fun Statistics
Jonny Bairstow has an excellent IPL record of 7 fifties and a century in just 25 games
Kane Williamson averages a superb 39 in the IPL
Rishabh Pant has only hit one six in five games so far this season
Marcus Stoinis has taken 29 wickets in exactly 50 IPL games