Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to nip their two-match losing streak when they take on the Delhi Capitals in Match 30 of VIVO IPL 2019.
Nearly two weeks into the season, the Sunrisers Hyderabad were placedat the top of the standings. But now, ten days later – after losses to Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, they find themselves in the bottom half. The two losses have exposed a few chinks in the Sunrisers set up; the team is too dependant on the two openers, the middle order is misfiring, and the execution by the bowlers in the death overs should be a cause for concern.
The Delhi Capitals come into this match at the back of wins against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. Prior to those two wins, they were beaten by the Sunrisers in Delhi, and this match presents them an opportunity to settle scores. The Delhi Capitals will be delighted with Shikhar Dhawan’s return to form; the left-hand opener steered his team’s run-chase in the previous match against the Knight Riders.
14 April 2019, 8pm IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Previous Match XIs:
Sunrisers Hyderabad:Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
Delhi Capitals:Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Keemo Paul, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada.
Given concerns over their misfiring middle order, the Sunrisers will once again rely on David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to shoulder the responsibility on the batting front; the team management will want at least one of the two openers can bat deep and make a big score.
The Delhi Capitals will want Shikhar Dhawan to carry on from where he finished in the previous match in Kolkata. The left-hander should feel good vibes when he walks out to bat too; he has had a lot of success at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium,which was his homeground during his stints with Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
On the bowling front, Mohammad Nabi will have a huge role to play – given his exceptional record against left-hand batsmen. The Delhi Capitals will look towards the Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada to pack off the Sunrisers openers early.The South African has bowled with plenty of fire; he has bowled the two fastest deliveries in the season and will look to add to his tally of 13 wickets.
Head to Head in Indian Premier League
Overall: Matches – 13,Sunrisers Hyderabad – 9, Delhi Capitals –4.
Since 2018: Matches – 3, Sunrisers Hyderabad – 3, Delhi Capitals – 0.
Mohammad Nabi has an economy rate of 3.88 bowling to left-hand batsmen this season; the corresponding number for right-hand batsmen is 7.60.
The Sunrisers have an economy rate of 6.00 in the powerplay overs – the best this season. Delhi Capitals meanwhile have the best economy rate between overs 17-20 – 8.90.
Milestones: David Warner needs 72 runs to complete 3000 runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs 1 wicket to complete 100 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL