Sunrisers Hyderabad have played all their games at the Chepauk, Chennai. They lost their first 3 games from a position where they could have won the match. SRH’s infamous middle order has again proved to be their Achilles heel. They literally seem to have no answers to the batting collapses. SRH finally won against PK and won comfortably. Abhishek Sharma’s spell proved to be crucial. SRH will be happy with his contribution. The return of Kane Williamson has strengthened the squad. SRH will fancy their chances against DC.
Delhi Capitals played their first 3 games at the Wankhede in Mumbai. The pitches there aided stroke-making. DC won 2 out of their 3 games. They started with a win over CSK, lost to RR, and beat PK. Their batting might helped them overhaul big targets against CSK and PK. DC struggled when the pitch offered something to the bowlers. Their struggles against RR seamers were proof of that point. DC began their Chennai sojourn with a win over MI. This win came as a shot in the arm for Delhi. They will love to continue their winning run in the league.
SRH vs DC: Favourites?
Sunrisers Hyderabad walk into this game having finally won 1 game. They were absolutely on target in their match against the Punjab Kings. The inclusion of Kane Williamson seems to have worked wonders for SRH. SRH’s batting wears a more confident look with his presence. The orange army will love to continue this momentum.
Delhi Capitals on the other hand are high on confidence. They have 3 wins under their belt. The runners up from last season have played to potential in this season too. Shikhar Dhawan’s top form has helped DC enormously. They will be looking to establish their dominance when they take on SRH.
Which players will be match-winners in this game?
Rashid Khan will be SRH’s trump card against DC. He has picked up 13 wickets in 10 games against them at an average of 5.42.
Ravichandran Ashwin holds a wood over David Warner. Ashwin might even bowl in the first powerplay to target Warner. This match-up may well decide the outcome of the game.
Jonny Bairstow is in top form this IPL. He has notched up 173 runs at an average of 57.66 in 4 games. His start at the top is crucial for SRH.
Shikhar Dhawan is the orange cap holder. He has been in scintillating form this IPL. Dhawan has amassed 231 runs at an average of 57.75. He will be expected to lead DC’s charge against SRH.
Probable Playing XI:
Sunrisers Hyderabad predicted XI:
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Kedar Jadhav, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed
Delhi Capitals predicted XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (&WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
What do stats say about SRH vs DC?
SRH and DC have played 18 IPL games against each other.
SRH has won 11 matches. DC has won 7 games.
SRH’s highest score against DC is 219. DC’s highest score against SRH is 189.
SRH’s lowest score against DC is 116. DC’s lowest score against SRH is 80.
The Chennai pitch has been a challenging one for all the batters. Teams have found it hard to score especially with the older ball. Teams batting first have won the majority of the games in Chennai this season. The chasing teams have won the last 3 games.
A high of 33 degrees and a low of 27 degrees is expected. There are no chances of rain. Dew might play a big factor and teams will prefer to chase under such weather conditions.
150 is the average score at this venue.
It is a battle between SRH’s resurgence and DC’s momentum. DC start favourites in this game but expect SRH to spring a surprise.