Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Hyderabad

Delhi look to build on recent success

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

May 3, 2013

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Morne Morkel leaps to field the ball, Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Delhi, April 18, 2013
Nearly there? Morne Morkel is yet to do a reprise of last year's form © BCCI
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Sunrisers Hyderabad are among the four teams who are closer to achieving the magic number of nine wins - Chennai Super Kings having already touched the marker - to qualify for the playoffs, assuming there are no major upheavals. They need at least three more wins out of their remaining six matches, four of which are to be played in Hyderabad, their fortress. They take on a resurgent Delhi Daredevils side, the captain of which had his smile restored after consecutive wins in Raipur.

Daredevils' campaign is under life-support - they need six wins in six matches - but every extra breath they draw will be at the expense of others, a fact Sunrisers need to be wary of. Daredevils have a strong pool of impact players; the same group took them to No. 1 in the points table last year. David Warner has been the best of them all this year - with four half-centuries - and has been pushed down from his usual top-three batting spot to lend some stability to a fragile middle order. Their bowling is pace-heavy, but slightly more dependable than their batting. Now if only Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene - the only other two batsmen to have scored half-centuries for Daredevils this season - can raise their games against arguably the most well-rounded bowling attack, Daredevils can continue to smile.

The pitch in Hyderabad is on the slower side and offered generous turn to the spinners in the last match. It also helps the faster bowlers because the batsmen find it difficult to hit through the line. The pace-bowling spearheads of both teams have a similar make-up - Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma against Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav - but there is a wide gulf otherwise. Amit Mishra, Karan Sharma and Thisara Perera have tasted success this season. If Shahbaz Nadeem, Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra are able to adjust to the conditions, another tight contest can be expected.

Form guide


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73*, 0, 63*, 187, 63, 0, 110, are Shikhar Dhawan's most recent scores. Dhawan also accumulated 969 runs in the last two editions of the IPL without getting noticed. That one innings against Australia, however, has propelled him to the spotlight and he is reveling in it. His shots are the same, but they now create a flutter, his name crops up frequently in post-match presentations and his Poirot-esque moustache adds weight to his on-field persona. That swagger has translated into two unbeaten half-centuries in three innings this IPL, taking his tally to 15 half-centuries in the tournament - 10 more than Yuvraj Singh.

Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel are Daredevils' antidote to Steyn and Ishant. They hunted as a pair last season, picking up 19 and 25 wickets respectively. This year, Yadav is the top wicket-taker for Daredevils, but Morkel hasn't had the same impact - he has six wickets against Yadav's 13. Morkel has leaked runs too; his economy rate is 8.41 this year while it was 7.19 last year. If he can find his form - the signs of which he showed in his last match - Sunrisers could get a taste of their own medicine.

Stats and trivia

  • Both teams have bowled 195 overs in the tournament. But whereas Daredevils have conceded 1506 runs, Sunrisers have only given away 1356 runs.
  • Karan Sharma's economy rate this season is 5.71, the lowest for any bowler who has bowled a minimum of 10 overs.

Quotes

"Now we are playing winning and entertaining cricket. You never know what can happen with that - we can even sneak into the playoffs through the back door."
Delhi Daredevils fast bowler Morne Morkel

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Posted by krishna_IND on (May 4, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Expecting a good score from viru, but i want SRH to win.

Posted by krishna_IND on (May 4, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

cmon DD score 150 odd runs,to stay alive in the tournament.For this to happen viru and warner should deliver,which is difficult in this pitch,against that bowling lineup.so my vote is for SRH

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

In champions trophy squad which selected today CSK 5 members (Dhoni, Raina, Vijay, Aswin and Sir Jadeja) SRH has 3 members(Dhawan, Ishanth, Mishra) RCB has 2 (Kohli, Vinay) DD has 2 (Yadav, Irfan) MI has 2 ( Dinesh Karthik, Rohit) PW has Buvwi indian team selected for Champions Trophy

None from KKR, RR, Kings XI

Posted by devdevabrata on (May 4, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

All the person who gives comment don't ever underestimate viru who is a match winner on his day also not mahela who have more stability than sanga and perera the 3rd consecutive world cup finalists captain and more who is as dangerous as Steyn infect in recent days who takes more wicket than Steyn already Delhi have a player in compare to perera named Irfam who win US (India) in many matches by his all sound capacity and don't forget luck supports the brave and so friends lets wish Delhi a good game and cheer for our great batsman viru go Delhi my and goes wishes with you just phad dalo love you Delhi best of luck for today's game

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 4, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

IF SRH win today they move to no.3 and the pressure will start to brew on RR,MI and mostly KXIP. DD doesn't have the attack to suit the low and slow hybrabhad pitch. My suggestion is to bring Jeewan for Rohrer and botha for morkel because morne hasn't been at his best and extra pace might prove handful for the SRH batsmen.

@Baseball-sucks: SRH has a very poor N.R.R,Even 9 wins won't be enough(remember RCB lasy year) and they are known to struggle away from home. DD's chances are over. IF they are to come back they need 6 massive victories and MI,RR,KXIP,SRH,KKR have to perform badly .

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

attack by same bowling sequece and yorker in last 5 overs of fast bowler. SRH will make their supporter very happy by winnnnnnnnnnnn.

Dont loose heart, give spirit to every bowling, fielding, keeping.

my suggession abt batting is to take - 1 boundary in every over & take 4 single . that will give 96 runs in first 12 over. and in last 6 over hit 6 six by all the batsman. it is not too difficult. play by plan. it will give u total at least 170. and i think 6 six in last six over is also Dhoni's master plan. look every match of CSK u will find some sixes in last few overs.

this is not only dhoni's rule i think this is the rule of T2o cric. Go ahead SRH. U have good teammates.Go ahead. Yow will can. -partha from Bangladesh.

Posted by Mayan820 on (May 4, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Vb03 . . . If you only lived in South Africa, like me, you will know that J.P. Duminee will not participate in this IPL, because he is still recovering in South Africa from an achilis tendon injury he picked up in the test series against the Ausies last year. We all hope that he will have recovered by the time the Champions Trophy starts on the 6th of June. They say that he is about 80 - 90% on his way to a full recovery at this point in time. He is included in the 15 man Protea squad that will contest the Champions Trophy.

Posted by vsroc on (May 4, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman

SRH continues to play well in IPL6.They have an edge over DD in today's 48th match of IPL6.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

attack by same bowling sequece and yorker in last 5 overs of fast bowler. SRH will make their supporter very happy by winnnnnnnnnnnn.

Dont loose heart, give spirit to every bowling, fielding, keeping.

my suggession abt batting is to take - 1 boundary in every over & take 4 single . that will give 96 runs in first 12 over. and in last 6 over hit 6 six by all the batsman. it is not too difficult. play by plan. it will give u total at least 170. and i think 6 six in last six over is also Dhoni's master plan. look every match of CSK u will find some sixes in last few overs.

this is not only dhoni's rule i think this is the rule of T2o cric. Go ahead SRH. U have good teammates.Go ahead. Yow will can.

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