Match 21 of IPL 2017 pits one of this season’s title contenders (Sunrisers Hyderabad) against a team who might well be the dark horses (Delhi Daredevils), with the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad hosting this intriguing contest.
David Warner’s men began the tournament well and registered comprehensive wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. They produced team performances and looked like they might be unstoppable. But, in their last three matches, the batting has been a bit of a letdown and on the bowling front, only Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled consistently well. And for Sunrisers to reach the playoffs and potentially even go on to defend their title, they need to play more as a team than depend on individuals, even though you can always rely on the likes of Warner and Bhuvneshwar to deliver consistently.
After two good performances, Delhi, despite playing to their trusted blueprint, came unstuck at home against Knight Riders. Theirs was a 6/10 performance and against good sides like Kolkata, performing to your potential is a mandate.
Form of Sunrisers and Daredevils
SRH: WLLWW (from left to right, most recent first)
DD: LWWL (from left to right, most recent first)
Sunrisers (SRH) v Daredevils (DD) Head-to-head
SRH lead DD by 5-3 in the head-to-head between these two sides, who have won a match apiece at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.
Match 21: SRH v DD Probable Playing XI
Sunrisers are one of the very few settled sides this season. Being so, however, didn’t stop them from making as many as three changes to their playing XI for Monday night’s clash against Royal Challengers, but unlike Delhi, weren’t affected. Ashish Nehra missed out on action to manage his workload. Mohammad Nabi replaced Ben Cutting, possibly because of the nature of the pitch, and fast-medium pacer Siddarth Kaul was picked in place of Bipul Sharma.
While Kaul can be expected to retain his place, Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi might make way for Cutting or Mustafizur Rahman purely because of the number of right-handers (5) in the Delhi top and middle order. Nehra’s replacement Barinder Sran struggled for control and was expensive (0/29 in two overs). So, if Nehra is indeed fit, then the Delhi fast-medium pacer will probably replace Sran in Hyderabad’s playing XI against Delhi.
Here’s what I believe will be SRH’s playing XI v DD: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Ben Cutting/Mustafizur Rahman, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Ashish Nehra, and 11. Siddarth Kaul/Bipul Sharma
Actual playing XI for Sunrisers: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Kane Williamson, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Mohammed Siraj, and 11. Siddarth Kaul
For an inexplicable reason, Delhi Daredevils left out left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who has an economy rate of 6.00 this season, for their last match. And by leaving out Nadeem, the Daredevils team management have gotten themselves into a tricky situation. Mohammed Shami replaced Nadeem and was expensive by his standards against Knight Riders. But will he be axed after being given just one match? Well, if Nadeem is to be included—and on a potentially slow Hyderabad pitch, he can have a massive say on proceedings—then Shami is probably the one who should make way. That is, unless Zaheer Khan opts to rest himself.
Corey Anderson missed the home clash against KKR because he was apparently unwell. So, in case he has regained fitness, the New Zealand all-rounder, who was the man-of-the-match in Delhi’s 51-run win over Kings XI, will probably play in place of Angelo Mathews.
Therefore, DD’s probable playing XI v SRH is as follows: 1. Zaheer Khan (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Sam Billings, 4. Karun Nair, 5. Rishabh Pant, 6. Shreyas Iyer, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Corey Anderson, 9. Shahbaz Nadeem, 10. Pat Cummins, and 11. Amit Mishra
Actual playing XI for Daredevils: 1. Zaheer Khan (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Sam Billings, 4. Karun Nair, 5. Rishabh Pant, 6. Shreyas Iyer, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Angelo Mathews, 9. Jayant Yadav, 10. Pat Cummins, and 11. Amit Mishra