As the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League enters its third week, defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad host Delhi Daredevils in the 21st match of the tournament.
Sunrisers Hyderabad- Team Overview
SRH won the first two matches of IPL 10, before succumbing to defeat against MI and KKR. Nevertheless, they returned to winning ways against Kings XI Punjab, thanks to David Warner and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. The likes of Rashid Khan and Bhuvi have ensured that bowling remains Hyderabad's strong point, but the batting stays to be an area of concern for Tom Moody & Co. Dhawan and Yuvraj's inconsistent run have increased the pressure on Warner, whereas the absence of a potent Indian batsman in the middle order have hurt them in the past too. In the last match, the team management opted for Afghan Mohammad Nabi ahead of Ben Cutting, it remains to be seen if they persist with that, as Nabi put in a good show with the ball. Up against a strong Delhi bowling outfit, the performance of SRH batsmen will determine whether they emerge victorious in the encounter.
Delhi Daredevils- Team Overview
With two wins and losses apiece, Delhi are currently hovering in the mid-table region. However, with a little luck on their side, Rahul Dravid's boys could have been atop the standings. Yet to win their maiden title, DD registered thumping wins against RPS and KXIP, but lost close matches against RCB and KKR. A team filled with youngsters, but led by experienced Zaheer Khan, Delhi has impressed many with their quality cricket in this edition. While the batting unit relies on the Indian guns, DD's diversity in bowling is their biggest weapon. Samson and Pant have churned out good performance with the willow, but Karun Nair's lean patch will worry the DD think tank. As far as bowling is concerned, Nadeem has been the silent hero, while Zaheer and Morris have too played their part so far.
Top Fantasy Batsman- David Warner
Seldom can we imagine a player like Warner to play full 20 overs in a T20 innings. But the SRH skipper proved responsibility can curb the attacking instincts of a batsman even like him. Keeping in mind the inexperienced SRH middle order, the Aussie opener produced the most uncharacteristic innings of his career, playing the entire 20 overs and scoring an unbeaten 70 off 54 balls against Punjab. In the process he also became the owner of the Orange Cap and remains Sunrisers' best bet with the bat.
Top Fantasy Bowler- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
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While a specialist limited overs bowler like Mustafizur Rahman is finding it difficult to make the playing XI, less hyped Bhuvi is turning out be SRH's trump card this year. Always among the leading wicket takers in the past two seasons, the Indian swing bowling maestro has been sensational so far in the tournament. One among the very few cricketers, who always delivers under pressure, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's 5/19 against Kings XI in the last match was undoubtedly the best bowling performance in IPL 10 till date. Earlier he used to mainly focus on scalping wickets upfront, but now his yorkers at the death are best in business.
Top Fantasy All-Rounder- Chris Morris
The Proteas all rounder has played his role to perfection for DD this year. With bowling as his priority, Morris has not only taken wickets but also kept his economy on the lower side. His outing with the ball against KKR almost took Delhi to the brink of victory, before Manish Pandey undid his good work. He also came up with lusty blows down the order, playing some useful cameos which have helped DD immensely. As expected, Morris will be Daredevils' key player in their quest to conquer SRH in their own backyard.
Punt Player- Rishabh Pant
The 19-year old had a good start to the tournament, scoring a half-century against RCB, which almost proved to be a match winning one. However, arguably his best knock in this season came against KKR, where he smashed 38 of just 16 balls. The highlight of that innings was the over of Umesh Yadav, from which he accumulated 26 runs. An aggressive batsman by nature, Pant's fearless batting can make him Delhi's X-factor in this edition of the competition.
With the match slated to start at 8 PM IST, viewers can watch it on Set Max (Hindi) or Sony Six (English). Online streaming is also available at hotstar.com.
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