Delhi v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Delhi April 11, 2013

Daredevils still seeking first points

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Match facts

Friday, April 12, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Before the IPL began, if a poll was taken to predict which team would lose its first three matches, Delhi Daredevils wouldn't have got many votes. Despite the loss of Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor, the table-toppers from the previous season seemed to have enough firepower in the line-up. The absence of their spearhead Morne Morkel, busy with the domestic competition in South Africa, and Virender Sehwag, who was struggling with a bad back, set them back further. Morkel returned for the previous match but couldn't stop Mumbai Indians' marauding batsmen.

As they look to snap their losing streak, Daredevils will be boosted by the return of Sehwag, which means they will be able to field a full-strength line-up (among players available for this season) for the first time. What will also encourage them will be the fact that they are up against Sunrisers Hyderabad, generally regarded as one of the weaker teams in the competition despite their two wins from the first three matches.

Sunrisers have begun surprisingly well, largely on the back of a formidable bowling unit. Dale Steyn continues to show why he's the premier bowler in world cricket, Amit Mishra continues to show why he has been such a success in the IPL over the past six seasons, Thisara Perera has sparkled with both bat and ball, and even Ishant Sharma, usually not the most reliable of bowlers in limited-overs, has been tidy. Their batting isn't exactly fear-inducing though, with several little-knowns who are unlikely to be consistent match-winners.

Watch out for ...

Daredevils' spin attack: One of the big weaknesses in Daredevils' squad last season was the lack of experienced spinners. They tried to address that by recruiting South Africa's Johan Botha and Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis, both of whom can bat as well. Neither of them have impressed in the chances they got so far. Will they turn to another overseas allrounder, Roelof van der Merwe, to partner Shahbaz Nadeem or will they give 20-year-old left-arm spinner Pawan Negi a go?

Kumar Sangakkara: In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers' batting is heavily dependent on their foreign stars. While Perera and Cameron White have contributed, their captain Sangakkara hasn't yet hit his stride. Given the limited number of game-changing batsmen in the line-up, Sunrisers need a big innings from Sangakkara soon.

Stats and trivia

  • With 45 wickets for Daredevils, Morne Morkel is just one wicket behind Amit Mishra, the leading wicket-taker for the franchise
  • Thisara is among the most nomadic of IPL players, having represented four different franchises in four seasons: he began with Chennai Super Kings in 2010, moved to Kochi Tuskers in 2011, switched to Mumbai Indians in 2012 and is currently with Sunrisers
  • Over the past week, Sangakkara became the second wicketkeeper, after Pakistan's Kamran Akmal, to complete 100 dismissals in Twenty20s

Quotes

"Viru (Sehwag) is improving, he is getting better with every passing day. But we will take a decision on him only tomorrow. There is still 24 hours for the match, so there is plenty of time for him to be fully fit."
Morne Morkel

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BRUTALANALYST on April 12, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    DD need to back Andre Russell in there 11

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 12, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    DD need to back Andre Russell to finish innings with bat, if they give him confidence and back him to go after it I'm sure he can be destructive in IPL he's also a top class fielder (especially on boundary) and can give you some overs with the ball. Offers much much more to a T20 side than Mendis does.

  • GRVJPR on April 12, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    What is the use of sangakara if he can't perform? He might be some player at international level but as fasr as IPL is concerned he is problematic player.

  • Raju4india4hyd on April 12, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Sangu & P.Patel you guys please come asap into batting form and we r missing dhawan, i wish you good luck for Rocking SRH

  • dummy4fb on April 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    great to see today's match bec of sehwag's arrived

  • ProdigyA on April 12, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Sanga is not an all rounder so its very important for him to perform with the bat. He just cant be in the team for being a captain. Perform or Perish.

  • MalikR on April 12, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Sehwag will score 100 sans 1.

  • Swingit on April 12, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @sudhirrao thanks for the update , did not know about Sammy becoming a father. Congrtas to him. Well there goes any chance of him being my sleeper pick for my fantasy team today!

  • dummy4fb on April 12, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Delhi has to persist with Unmukt Chand, unfair to send him to open . He should come one down. Sunrisers captain sangakkara should take a break and give an opportunity to Quinton De Kock, who comes into the tournament in awesome form and that will address their opening issues as well

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 12, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    THose who want to see darren sammy,de KOck you shall see atleast one match in which they are in the team and sanga,tissara not. Yes SRH vs CSK is one to wait for. the 25 of april. those who perform shalt be into the team.