Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2014, Dubai

Misfiring teams search for turnaround

The Preview by Alagappan Muthu

April 24, 2014

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'On form, Delhi look better than Hyderabad'

Match facts

Friday, April 25, 2014
Start time 1430 (1030 GMT, 1600 IST)


Kevin Pietersen goes through a pre-series photoshoot, Sydney, November 11, 2013
All eyes on him: Kevin Pietersen is expected to make his debut as a T20 globetrotter © Getty Images
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Match facts

Delhi Daredevils will hope the prospective debut of Kevin Pietersen in his new role of globetrotting T20 expert would make half as much an impact as it secures eye balls. His England door remains as shut as ever, though he hasn't let it weigh him down, assuming tweets of comparing notes with David Moyes and Piers Morgan about bad years are accurate measure. A fractured finger has delayed his return to competitive cricket - in which time Daredevils have sustained two limp defeats in three games - but with some training behind him and his team needing a definitive push from the bottom half of the table, the big occasion beckons.

Daredevils wouldn't have much strife fitting their captain into the XI with Nathan Coulter-Nile sidelined with a hamstring injury. As much as Pietersen's availability is a boost, the loss of a potent death bowler might sting badly. With hardly any reserves in the squad, the onus falls on Mohammed Shami to control either end of the bowling innings and Pietersen himself in how well he distributes the workload.

Facing a depleted attack in an afternoon match forms the best opportunity for Sunrisers Hyderabad to post first points. The top three, for all their repute, have been shoddy and the support acts lower down have found recovery out of their depth. There is an argument for spreading Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner along the batting order especially considering the Dubai track has played tricks with the batsmen's timing. None of them are as potent outside the opening position, but an experienced hand to guide the latter half of the innings is vital considering wickets have usually tumbled in clumps here.

Watch out for …

Rapid starts are Mayank Agarwal's forte. His penchant for hitting the ball on the up and through the line makes for exciting viewing, but if the opposition is smart and keeps a steady back of a length outside off, he tends to orchestrate his own downfall.

He has been typecast as a new-ball specialist but Bhuvneshwar Kumar has displayed admirable tenacity in the final overs. He's hit the yorkers, he's sneaked in a few slower balls and stifled the batsmen for room and in the process has gone six an over or under so far.

Stats and trivia

  • Delhi Daredevils recorded their lowest total of 80 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013
  • David Warner's T20 strike-rate falls from 142.57 while opening to 121.22 for Nos. 3-7
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    Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

    Best DD eleven, I'm eagerly waiting to see KP batting and Quinton de kock(Child face killer) to destroy SRH bowling ..

    Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

    SHR should try PARVEZ RASOOL he has proved his talent at Ranji trophy level for past 3 seasons now. if groomed properly and shown confidence in him he will be a match winner for them.

    Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

    dhawan finch ojha henriques samy juneja i.pathan rasool bhuvi mishra steyn this is the best IX of Sunrisers they never loss matches

    Posted by venkat.bmw on (April 25, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

    Delhi with DK captaincy is worst to watch.. KP shd return soon ... Gary Kristen coaching as NO impact with Karthick

    Posted by sazzad-BD007 on (April 25, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

    mark my words DD is going to win today...today's 11 should be :De kock,Vijay,DK,KP,Duminy,Agarwal,S.Tiwary/S.kaul,Parnell,Nadeem,Unadkat,R.Sharma/S.kaul....this team holds great balance 6 batsman 6 bowlers including duminy if S.Tiwary is not taken and if S.Tiwary is taken then 7 batsman 5 bowlers ....best of luck DD let play on the front foot

    Posted by sazzad-BD007 on (April 25, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

    mark my words DD is going to win today...playing 11 should be : de cock,Vijay,DK,KP,Duminy,Agarwal,Parnell,Shami,Nadeem,Unadkat,rahul sharma/s.kaul/S.Tiwary....6 batsman and 6 bowlers including duminy if s.tiwary is not taken and if taken then 7 batsman 5 bowlers (duminy can bowl 4 overs with effectiveness)

    Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

    Dhawan luck is nt good better to change captain

    Posted by Angelsss on (April 25, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

    DD management plz plz plz consider the below 11 in this match.... 1) VIJAY 2) QUINTON D'KOCK 3) KP 4) DUMINY 5)DK 6) KEDAR JADHAV 7) PARNELL 8) SHAMI 9) RAHUL SHARMA 10) NADEEM 11) UNADKUT

    THIS 11 HAS THE POTENTIAL TO EVEN LIFT THE TROPHY FOR U....ALL THE BEST!!!

    Posted by OBIE on (April 25, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

    Delhi is just a good win and the right combination from winning matches on the trot and reaching the top 4 of the table. KP will definitely make an impact as a captain, do not know how much of batting prowess he will bring to the table. Also, must get in De Kock. SRH must get Ricky Bhui and Rasool in - big hitting and unseen/unpredictable batsman and a quality spinner is what they require. Their bowling department will be quite sorted with Dale, Amit, Parvez, Karan and Ishant. Batting they should open with Warner and Finch and Dhawan dropping him to 3. Must get rid of Pathan for sure.

    Posted by wapuser on (April 25, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

    SRH team needs a good start in their batting....give opening to warner and finch who can be really explosive at the top and make dhawan a floater.....drop rahul and bring naman ojha.....let sammy make the late assault....dubai is a slow wicket which suits SRH well...LETS GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS.....:D

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