Match 42 of VIVO IPL 2018 will be a top against bottom clash; after meeting four days ago, the bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils will come up against the top-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad yet again.
The Daredevils have three wins from ten matches and are now at desperate station; if they lose one more match, even the ‘mathematical probability of them making the playoffs’ will evaporate. Sunrisers Hyderabad are nearly through to the playoffs, and they would have shifted their target to finishing the league season among the top two teams.
In the previous meeting between these two teams, the Daredevils posted a competitive total on a difficult surface in Hyderabad, but allowed the Sunrisers to get out of jail. The Daredevils had 28 to defend off the final two overs, yet came up on the wrong side of the result; they allowed the hosts to score the runs with one ball to spare.
These are difficult times for the Daredevils, and the time has come for the senior management to take some more difficult decisions. The overseas batsmen haven’t really contributed much; in 16 innings between them, the three overseas batsmen DD have used – Glenn Maxwell, Colin Munro and Jason Roy – have contributed 293 runs, dismissed for single-digit scores on nine occasions. The persistence with Maxwell, the dropping of Amit Mishra early in the competition, and picking an extra pacer on a spinner-friendly track are among the questionable tactical and selection calls.
Bowlers win matches; the performance of Sunrisers Hyderabad this season is testimony to that. Sunrisers are the only team with a 100% record while defending totals. At the same time, it isn’t as if their batsmen aren’t firing; their captain been in fine form, while the rest have made timely useful contributions.
The Daredevils, battling survival, couldn’t have asked for a more favourable schedule; starting with this one, they play their last four matches at home. Will they be able to convert home advantage to points?
When: May 10, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
The pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla has largely been batting friendly so it could be a painful evening for bowlers from both teams.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||30|
|Matches won bowling first||32|
|Average 1st Inns scores||162|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||147|
|Highest total recorded||231/4 (20 Ov) by DD vs KXIP|
|Lowest total recorded||66/10 (13.4 Ov) by DD vs MI|
|Highest score chased||214/3 (17.3 Ov) by DD vs GL|
|Lowest score defended||118/4 (11 Ov) by DD vs KXIP|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||11|
|Won by Delhi Daredevils||4|
|Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad||7|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Delhi Daredevils: L W L W L
Sunrisers Hyderabad: W W W W W
DD is not looking for any change
They stick to their winning combination from the last game.
Delhi Daredevils : Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Prithvi Shaw, Glenn Maxwell, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh, Junior Dala
Sunrisers Hyderabad : Kane Williamson (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Carlos Brathwaite, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Pritvi Shaw, Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult
Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Shakib Al HAsan
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Shreyas Iyer against fast bowling in the IPL presents a pretty cool story. In 2015, he made 296 runs off 239 balls at an average of 29. In 2016, 28 runs off 41 balls at 4.6. In 2017, 238 runs in 171 balls at 26. In 2018, while vying to be an India player, he has made 191 runs in 134 balls at an average of 63.
- Siddarth Kaul has an economy rate of 6.47 in the death overs this season: better than Andrew Tye (7.72), Rashid Khan (8), Jasprit Bumrah (8.22), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8.22), Tim Southee (8.40), Mustafizur Rahman (8.94), Jofra Archer (9.50). On condition of at least five overs bowled between the 16th and 20th, Kaul stands behind only Piyush Chawla (6) and Liam Plunket (6.40)
- In IPL 2018, Prithvi Shaw has a strike rate of 168.88 in the first 10 balls. Only KL Rahul and Sunil Narine have been quicker off the blocks (minimum 50 deliveries faced). Prior to Shaw’s inclusion in the XI, Daredevils scored at a rate of 8.07 in the Powerplay, which left them in sixth place out of eight teams. Now, they are second, with a run rate of 9.53
- In defending totals of 118, 132, 151 and 146, Sunrisers have established the benchmark in bowling second. Their economy rate of 6.23 is unrivalled, with Rajasthan Royals (8.5) coming a distant second. So is their balls-per-boundary rate: 9.4 versus a second-best of 6 by Kings XI.
- Rishabh Pant needs 43 runs to get to 1000 IPL runs. At 20, he will become the youngest player to the landmark