Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in the earlier meeting between these two sides, with Kane Williamson’s eye-catching knock of 89 being the difference.
Form guide: DD vs SRH
Delhi: LLLLL (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 8th)
Hyderabad: WWNRLW (current position on the points table: 3rd)
DD vs SRH Head-to-head
Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad have faced each other nine times in the IPL so far, with Hyderabad holding a 6-3 head-to-head record against Delhi.
Match 40: DD vs SRH Playing XI
Zaheer Khan, who picked up a hamstring strain during Delhi’s seven-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, has yet to regain fitness and is unavailable for tonight’s match as well, against the defending IPL champions. Karun Nair will lead Delhi once again.
Marlon Samuels landed in India on the cusp of Delhi’s last match against Kings XI Punjab and was not available for selection. The West Indian batsman is, however, in contention for making his Delhi Daredevils debut against Sunrisers tonight.
With Delhi having just suffered an embarrassing defeat to Kings XI, against whom their batting line-up came apart, Samuels might be brought in to bolster the faltering batting line-up. The Jamaican right-hander might replace one of the two overseas quicks, Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada, or the New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson.
With matches running out thick and fast, a home win tonight is indispensable for the bottom-placed team.
DD’s probable playing XI vs SRH: 1. Karun Nair (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Sam Billings, 4. Shreyas Iyer, 5. Marlon Samuels, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Amit Mishra, and 11. Shahbaz Nadeem/Jayant Yadav
Actual playing XI for Delhi: 1. Karun Nair (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Mohammed Shami, 4. Shreyas Iyer, 5. Corey Anderson, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Angelo Mathews, 10. Amit Mishra, and 11. Jayant Yadav
What makes Sunrisers a formidable opposition for their opponents is their possessing many a reliable player: skipper David Warner, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, among others. And, over the course of this IPL season, each one of the aforementioned quartet has been a relentless performer for his team. When the highest run-scorer and the highest wicket-taker in the competition are from your team, you are bound to do well.
While Sunrisers are unbeaten at home, their away record of one win in five matches, including one washout, will inspire their hosts. Away from home, Hyderabad haven’t clicked as a unit and their ground fielding and catching have let them down in a couple of matches.
Having produced a dominant performance which resulted in a 48-run home win over KKR on Sunday, Sunrisers are not expected to make any changes to their playing XI.
Ashish Nehra’s fitness continues to be managed by the team management, who will have a tough decision to make if the veteran pacer has regained fitness. Mohammed Siraj (2/26) and Siddarth Kaul (2/26) were outstanding with the ball against Knight Riders, and dropping them after such wonderful performances will be harsh and require some guts on the part of the think-tank.
Other than this tough call for the team management to make, Sunrisers are expected to stick with the XI who they fielded on Sunday.
SRH’s probable playing XI vs DD: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Moises Henriques, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Bipul Sharma, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Siddarth Kaul, and 11. Mohammed Siraj
Actual playing XI for Hyderabad: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Moises Henriques, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Deepak Hooda, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Siddarth Kaul, and 11. Mohammed Siraj