Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 11 April 2013 - 05:39pm IST
Preview : Match 14 – DD vs SRH
DD have lots to worry on their plate
Match 14 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature the Delhi Daredevils and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Delhi Daredevils, who are a very formidable team, are yet to get their act together this season. They’ve lost their first three matches, lie at the floor of the table, and need to get a move on quickly. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile got off to a flying start winning both their home matches before RCB returned the favour they received in Hyderabad when they handed SRH a sound thrashing in Bangalore.
Friday, April 12, 2013, 8 p.m
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Virender Sehwag is likely to be available and that will be a huge boost to the Daredevils. The team has struggled for early momentum – and while Sehwag’s hit and miss methods does not promise a definite start – on the days he gets going he can take the match away from the opposition in no time. David Warner has played two uncharacteristic innings recently; the Daredevils will be better served if the Australian gets back to playing his natural game.
Cameron White and Thisara Perera are among the two most dangerous cricketers in the Sunrisers line-up. White, one of the earliest players to crack the code to succeed in T20 cricket, has batted impressively in the last two matches and it will be crucial for him to carry the form. Perera is capable of causing a lot of damage in little time, and hence his contribution in the finishing stages could crucial too.
Among the bowlers, the battle between Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel promises to be a mouth-watering contest.
This will be the first time these two teams will be meeting. However, the Delhi Daredevils boast a 7-4 win-loss record against the earlier Hyderabad franchise Deccan Chargers.
Delhi Daredevils have a better record while playing away than while playing at home. Their win percentage at home is 43.33%, while it shoots up to 53.06% when they play on the road.
Delhi Daredevils will be seen in action next on April 20 when they take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile head to Kolkata for their away fixture against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders on April 14.