Daredevils v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Delhi May 9, 2014

Batting concerns remain for Sunrisers


Match facts

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Play 03:37
Hattangadi: Warner should bat up the order

Big Picture

Sunrisers Hyderabad jumped from seventh position to fifth after defending 134 on Wednesday against Rajasthan Royals. It only makes the mid-table battle more compelling, as teams that missed out in the first half of the tournament look to catch up in the second.

Sunrisers are known for defending middling targets and on a sluggish pitch in Ahmedabad, didn't let Royals get close. While the bowling looks in good health, their top-order concerns remain. Shikhar Dhawan has four scores in the 30s but hasn't gone on to convert those. Aaron Finch, after scores of 88 and 44, has three sub-20 scores. In their last game, they had KL Rahul and Naman Ojha in the top four, ahead of David Warner, but they fell short of expectations. There is instability in the batting and while it didn't matter on Wednesday, Sunrisers wouldn't want to routinely leave it to their bowlers to win games.

Delhi Daredevils continue to languish at the bottom and will have to try and win most, if not all, of the remaining games to qualify for the play-offs. Playing at home has made no difference to their fortunes, for they have lost three out of three at the Kotla. Kevin Pietersen is yet to play the type of game-changing knocks he is known for. Their bowlers have struggled for wickets, having picked up seven in the last three games combined. In seven games, they have only picked up 28 wickets. Sunrisers on the other hand have picked up 44 from the same number of games.

Form guide

Delhi Daredevils LLLWL
Sunrisers Hyderabad WLWLW

Where they stand

Delhi Daredevils: Last place, with two wins in eight matches
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 5th, with three wins in seven matches

Players to watch

In seven games, David Warner has batted in three different positions. He has played four innings at No. 3, two at No. 4, and in the last game he was pushed down to No. 5. Warner is a specialist opener for Australia but Sunrisers have been reluctant to use him there. Warner likes to attack the new ball but with this franchise, his role has changed to that of an innings anchor. Though he has three fifties, Sunrisers need to find him a permanent slot.

Kedar Jadhav has assumed the role of a finisher for Daredevils, with brisk 20s in his last three innings, at a strike rate of 170.17. He has not been dismissed in any of his four innings. His best chance of getting more crease time is if Daredevils give him a promotion.

Previous encounter

The teams last met in Dubai, with Sunrisers prevailing by four runs in a high-scoring encounter. Aaron Finch (88*) and David Warner (58*) lifted Sunrisers to 184 for 1 and Daredevils began strongly, with the openers M Vijay and Quinton de Kock adding 99. They fell away after that and despite a late surge by JP Duminy, fell narrowly short.

Stats and trivia

  • Daredevils' batsmen have scored the most hundreds in the IPL (5) but Sunrisers' batsmen have scored none. However, Sunrisers' David Warner has scored two hundreds while playing for Daredevils
  • Amit Mishra has taken a hat-trick while playing for Daredevils - the only hat-trick by a Daredevils bowler in the IPL. This came against Deccan Chargers - the old avatar of his current franchise
  • M Vijay and Dinesh Karthik's numbers so far are almost identical - 8 matches, 8 innings, 193 runs, average of 24.12. Their strike rates vary though. Karthik's stands at 125.32 while Vijay's at 114.20


"We felt we were 20 short when batting but they didn't get disheartened. The bowlers have shown good fighting spirit."
Sunrisers mentor VVS Laxman on his team's bowling performance against Royals

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sreedhar on May 10, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    These two teams are. Identically I'll- fated.unless their top batsmen Kevin Petersen& David Warner make really match-turning big knocks both the teams have no chance to find a place in the final four teams . T20s Punjab,chennai,Jaipur,& Bangalore are the teams likely to reach last 4 stages. Why Bangalore?the reason is they have real potential.somehow,it is bad luck that is hanging over their head like a Democle's sword. They could recover. The other four teams should remember that while they hope to win the remaining matches,the 4 four. Favorites too have matches to play. As regards Mumbai's opinion after leaving Gulf they have got themselves improved is nothing but a lame excuse. So the teams other than the 4 favorites I have mentioned above should hope for better performance in the season8(EIGHT). I am not a negative minded man but I have watched a lot of cricket& experience counts. MOHALI T 20 or CHENNAI T20 are the likely winners.in these two to choose one is difficult.But MMil

  • Utpal on May 10, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @Duniya_Dilwale, first of all Saurabh Tiwary is out of IPL due to injury with Tahir replacing it and secondly admitting that S.Tiwary is a good batsman, even if he is available how do you support the argument he should be played instead of Jadhav who has been in prolific form in Ranji and responsible for DD to get a decent score in last few matches of 150+ with a splendid strike rate of 170+.Substituting KP with flip - flop like Mayank Agarwal is beyond my imagination. KP needs more time, in form or out-of-form he is better than any Ind Batsmen sitting out I guess. however I do believe that Neesham must get a go

  • Subramaniam on May 10, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Kings XI only they using there players very smartly.if sunrises need win matches they have to open the bating with Finch and Warner, Dawan should come one down batsman.

  • kira on May 10, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    i m big fan of dd i want to see below team in next match

    1] m. vijay, 2] m. agarwal 3] q de kock 4] d. karthik 5] dumminy 6] s. tiwary 7] parnell 8] neesham 9] l. shukla 10] nadeem 11] shami

    good balance side they have good player only they not use to them according to them ability hope dd will come on track son

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    haydrabad team should let Finch and Warner open for them. They have a good chemistry and Hyadrabad should bank on that. As a captain dhawan should realize his chemistry with Finch aren't working and he should bat at no 3 position. haydrabad has the best bowling attack its their batting that needs to be adjusted.

  • Utpal on May 10, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Everyone seems to be concentrating KP issue for DD. I want to point out another one, DD has been sending Shukla ahead of Duminy and Jadhav in last 2 matches, he has been pretty disappointing and secondly there is no logic sending an allrounder with not much hitting abilities ahead of proper batsmen. I would like DD making some changes, Make KP bat at 6. Push Karthik to one spot up at 3 and then Duminy, Jadhav and So on. Shukla hopefully can slog a few in 10 or so balls that he might get. With Imran Tahir likely to play, I am looking forward to this match , DD needs to win it desperately to keep alive their chances of playing in Playoffs and I hope they would..

  • henry on May 10, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    time for dd to stand down KP... to be honest KP should stand himself down as not only has his batting been a failure , so has his captaincy. Yes I agree Brendon Taylor should also be bought into the Sunrisers.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    WI chairman, sorry, selectors has just removed Darren as Test captain after which he retired from test cricket. I would definitely play him tomorrow if I was the coach. When this guys is upset, cricket balls fear him.

  • Garolian on May 9, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Kevin Petersen's recent performances have been most unsatisfactory. His admirers keep attributing his dismal failures to this that or the other but the fact is very clear that he has completely LOST IT. This extends from his performances with England in Australia, which were most disappointing.

    The man can't seem to play spin bowling: what sort of a great batsman is he that is all at sea against spin, in in modern cricket? At best he prods and pushes and scratches around before getting out. He has no judgement left of when to go back or to go forward: No confidence at all.

    Dehli must be ruing their choice as a luxury which they can ill afford. So he was going to be a sort of high priced, roving mercenary, hiring out to whoever needed him, around the world? Give me a break. Give him a rest.

  • Android on May 9, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    since kotla is a slow pitch, i think bring rasool in the team for mishra as he can bat a lot better than mishra.....i want to see sammy in and steyn out for atleast one match and see how it turns out..bhuvi and henriques can open bowling wirh pathan karan and rasool sharing the middle overs..this way, the middle order batting would be strengthened with sammy at 5, moises at 6 and pathan at 7.. we knw karan can hit the ball a good distance too..also, bring either manpreet or aniruddha in place of kl rahul because although rahul is a good batsmen with great technique he is just like hanuma vihari in last ipl..very low strike rate and not a good hitter of the ball..need hitters here..

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