Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Preview, head-to-head and Fantasy-XI
Delhi Daredevils face table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 42 of the Indian Premier League 2018. Delhi are at bottom of the table and a loss will knock them out. The in-form Sunrisers go into the tie as favorites as they eye a sixth consecutive victory. Will home advantage help Daredevils? Here is our pre-match report.
SRH lead in head-to-head battle
SRH go into the tie with a healthy head-to-head advantage over Daredevils. The two sides have met 11 times so far and the visitors have won seven ties with DD pocketing the other four. At the Kotla in three meetings, SRH have won twice. This, in turn, will give them more confidence. Delhi need to be wary of the in-form SRH bowlers.
Probable Playing XI - Delhi Daredevils
Prithvi Shaw, Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Naman Ojha, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan and Trent Boult.
Probable Playing XI - Sunrisers Hyderabad
Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (captain), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.
Pitch to assist batsmen but will DD find it easy?
The pitch in Kotla promises runs aplenty but the question lies whether the hosts can have a go at the SRH bowlers. Kane Williamson's Sunrisers have been on top gear with the ball. They have a confident and mature bowling line-up that can defend any total. That has been their story in IPL 2018. Conditions will be warm in the evening.
DD vs SRH - Stat attack
It could be a crunch battle between Sandeep Sharma and DD skipper Shreyas Iyer with the former dismissing him thrice so far. SRH bowler Siddarth Kaul has been excellent at the death, picking six wickets so far this season. Rashid Khan has been a menace for the right-handed batsmen in IPL 2018. He has dismissed them 11 times.
Williamson gets the nod as skipper, Rashid is vice-captain
In-form batsman Kane Williamson gets the nod as the skipper of the Fantasy XI. Bowling maestro Rashid Khan comes in as his deputy. Alex Hales, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw are the chosen star-studded batsmen. Yusuf Pathan would be the finisher with Shakib Al Hasan being the star all-rounder. Siddarth Kaul, Trent Boult and Liam Plunkett are the bowlers.