Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Hyderabad April 18, 2017

Daredevils look to breach Sunrisers fortress in battle of the ball

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Match facts


Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Start time 2000 IST (1430 GMT)

Play 03:18
Hogg: Daredevils among the best bowling attacks in IPL

Head to head


Last season: Delhi Daredevils beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in both matches they played last season. They were the only team Sunrisers didn't beat during their title campaign.
Overall: Sunrisers lead 5-3 on wins overall against Daredevils. At this venue, the teams have both beaten each other once.

In the news


Corey Anderson made way for Angelo Mathews in the last match because he was unwell. The New Zealand allrounder had won the Man-of-the-Match award in Daredevils' previous win against Kings XI Punjab. He is understood to have recovered and is available for the game. We might see a reverse-swap from the Daredevils.

Likely XIs


Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 David Warner (capt), 3 Moises Henriques/Kane Williamson, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Naman Ojha (wk), 7 Mohammad Nabi/Bipul Sharma, 8 Siddarth Kaul, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Rashid Khan, 11 Ashish Nehra/ B Sran/ Mustafizur Rahman
Delhi Daredevils: 1 Sanju Samson, 2 Sam Billings, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Karun Nair, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Angelo Mathews/Corey Anderson, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Zaheer Khan (capt), 11 Mohammed Shami/Shahbaz Nadeem

Strategy punt


- Sanju Samson has scored 125 runs against pace at a strike-rate of 176.05 this season. In contrast, he has scored only 48 runs off 47 balls against spinners. Sunrisers legspinner Rashid Khan has taken eight of his nine wickets this season in the first half of the innings. Four of those are inside the Powerplay. We could see him bowl early in the match as Sunrisers look to stop Samson's destructive form in the Powerplay.

- Daredevils might perform another reverse-swap in their XI to bring back Shahbaz Nadeem in place of Mohammed Shami. He will better suit the conditions in Hyderabad.

Stats that matter


  • Sunrisers (39) and Daredevils (33) are among the top teams on the table for most wickets taken this season. Daredevils' position is especially impressive considering they have played only four games so far this season
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 'worst' spell this season has been 2 for 27 in the first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Since then, he has conceded fewer than 21 runs in all matches. For further context on his impact - 19 out of his 20 overs this season have been bowled inside the Powerplays or in the slog overs
  • Shikhar Dhawan has the lowest strike-rate among openers to have faced fifty balls this season - 112.50. The next lowest is Parthiv Patel's 121.33
  • Daredevils have been the most effective bowling side this season - 20 of the 26 wickets they've taken are top-order wickets, at an average of 17.50 and an economy of 7.31
  • Dhawan has managed only 43 runs off 42 balls against Zaheer Khan across IPL seasons, and has been dismissed by him on four occasions
  • The match against Kings XI on Monday was the first occasion in this season when Rashid Khan did not get a wicket off his first over of a spell
  • Sunrisers have not lost a single game at home this season

Varun Shetty is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • goutamania on April 19, 2017, 14:48 GMT

    KG gonna go missing today too? These DD think-tank folks, they be either mindful of his managing his workload in international cricket of the recent past, or else unintentionally (or otherwise) are into some crazy competition mongering between him and Cummins, a potential peer.

  • CricRockbottom on April 19, 2017, 14:48 GMT

    Good job SRH picked Kane Williamson today! No point keeping Adhi adhi player like Nabi.....

    Two proper batsman like warner and Williamson and two proper bowlers like Fizz and rashid would have been better

    Since fizz is not fully fit I would have picked Ben cutting over Moises because of power hitting.

    Delhi will win today

  • bhushanB on April 19, 2017, 14:25 GMT

    So how many hyderabadis in the HYDERABAD team?

  • the/wall on April 19, 2017, 14:23 GMT

    how can Delhi keep Nadeem out!!!!!

  • Cricinfouser on April 19, 2017, 14:21 GMT

    SRH is a bit light on bowling now. Bipul shouldve been picked in place of Hooda, since the batting has already been strengthened with Williamson.

  • cricfan9033227104 on April 19, 2017, 14:16 GMT

    mathews is a valuable player...i think DD have realized that..

  • cricfan94196724 on April 19, 2017, 14:10 GMT

    SRH overall team selection is good however opening with Right/left combination will unsettle the bowlers and accelerate scoring in the power play. Willimson and Siraj should cash in the opportunities

  • cricfan54417325 on April 19, 2017, 14:08 GMT

    Harsh to drop nabi after one game,williamson should have returned in place of Henriques.Having said that henriques might have a good match.but still would have played nabi and dropped Henriques from this match

  • IndTheBest on April 19, 2017, 14:02 GMT

    I'd replace Nair with Aditya Tare for now and move Iyer one spot up. Tare can bat after Morris. Very exited to see improvement in Bhuvi. He along with Umesh, Shami and Jadeja going to rock on away tours. Ashwin or Hardik Pandya can take 5th bowler spot depending on team strategy or conditions.

  • Sreeram83 on April 19, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    DD does not need Matthews at all, seeing him in their team sheet last match, I was terribly disappointed. They have someone like Rabada unused in the side but someone like Matthew getting chance? Matthew was a great alrounder some 10 years back, now both his batting and bowling has detoriated. When they have alrounders like Moris who are real deal, why play an expired Matthew.

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