Match 21 IPL 2017 (2017-04-19) @ Hyderabad (D)
It is 3 wins a piece in matches between these two sides the last 3 IPL seasons. Delhi won both fixtures last season chasing down 146 in Hyderabad and 158 in Delhi.
The SRH batting line-up is very similar to the one that faced Delhi last year. Last season David Warner was the top scorer for SRH in almost half of the matches. So far this season he has been top scorer or joint top scorer in 4 of the 5 matches. SRH need contributions from their other Batsmen. They just scraped home on Monday after Warner batted through the innings getting 70 not out. Their bowling attack survived an onslaught from Manan Vohra. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 5 for 19 to go well clear in the contest for the purple cap.
By contrast Delhi have had contributions from a number of their Batsmen. They have found a formula of batting first and then trying to defend totals with their strong balling attack. They just missed out against KKR due to an excellent partnership from Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.
The Hyderabad pitch favors the team batting second. 13 of 18 matches played here in IPL games since 2014 have been won by the chasing side. This season SRH have won 1 home match chasing and 2 home matches batting first.
SRH are rated 108 on the Cricsq ratings 20 points clear of Delhi on 88 points. They also have the momentum of winning all 3 matches at home and managing to just win on Monday. I have backed SRH to win on Betfair.
The SRH batting line-up has struggled to score runs this season since their first match where they batted first and got 207 against RCB. In that match there where big contributions of 40 from Dhawan, 52 from Henriques and an explosive 62 off 27 balls from Yuvraj Singh. In their second game against the Lions Warner and Henriques easily knocked off the 135 required against a weak bowling attack. They only managed to set a total of 158 against Mumbai after Warner and Dhawan both got 40s. Against KKR they only managed to get 155 of 172 they needed. Finally against KXIP on Monday they set a total of 159 thanks to unbeaten 70 from Warner.
Henriques started the season with 2 fifties but has only managed 13 and 9 since. Yuvraj Singh has only managed 31 runs in his 3 innings since his blistering 62 in their first match of the season. Ojha hit a momentum changing 34 from 20 balls on Monday but has not contributed apart from that. Deepak Hooda has only made 50 runs in 4 innings. Dhawan has made 135 runs but has had a poor strike rate of 113 runs per hundred balls.
The performance of the other batsmen puts a huge amount of pressure on David Warner. He has scored 235 runs with a strike rate of 137. He has been their top scorer in 4 out of the 5 matches. Ironically the only time he was not top scorer was when the team scored 207. He desperately needs support from the rest of the team.
SRH have the 2 top wicket takers in the competition. They are the seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the purple cap in 2016 with 23 wickets. He has already raced to 15 in just 5 matches. He is at the top of his game with an economy rate of just 5.4 an over. His 5 for 19 against KXIP on Monday was the difference between the two sides.
Rashid Khan has taken 9 wickets. However, his economy rate is on the rise. It stands at 7.25 for the competition after he went 42 in his 4 overs against KXIP. As long as he keeps taking wickets the team will be happy. It will be interesting to see how he gets on as the batsmen get more used to him.
Mohammad Nabi played on Monday as the second spinner. He took 1 for 28 off 4 overs. He had replaced Bipual Sharma who has been economical going at 6.9 an over.
Siddarth Kaul also made his debut on Monday. He bowled well going at 7.1 an over and picked up a wicket when he was entrusted with the final over. Henriques and Cutting have both bowled occasional overs but have been expensive going at over 9 an over.
Mustafizur Rahman has been sidelined after going at 14.1 an over in his only match. He was a big part in SRH's winning team last season. With Henriques and Warner in as batsmen and Khan bowling so well it only leaves one place left for an overseas player. The choice is between Cutting, Nabi and Rahman.
Delhi failed to chase down 157 set by RCB in their first match. Since then they have preferred to bat first and try to defend whatever score they can set. They defended 205 against RPS and 188 against KXIP. On Monday they reduced KKR to 21-3 but failed to protect 168 due to exceptional batting from Pandey and Pathan.
Sanju Samson has been in fine form. He has opened in the last two matches having scored a 100 against RPS. He has an excellent strike rate of 147. Sam Billings has replaced de Koch at the top of the order this season. So far he has scored 125 runs at a rate of 134.
Pant, Iyer and Nair all play in the middle order. Nair is yet to get going this season scoring just 25 runs in 3 innings. Iyer has 48 runs from 2 matches at a strike rate of 141. Rishabh Pant is in excellent form. He keeps wicket and has scored 141 runs with a strike rate of 170.
Corey Anderson looked good in the 2 matches he played after replacing Brathwaite. Anderson is a strong middle order batsman. He has scored 41 runs at 158. In his first match against RPS he got 2 from 4 balls giving the strike to Morris who was exploding the other end. Against KXIP he scored 39 not out off 22 balls to help lift the score to 188 in the final overs. It was strange he was replaced by Mathews on Monday.
Chris Morris had a rare failure on Monday. He provides powerful middle order hitting towards the end of an innings. He has 74 runs and a massive strike rate of 239 runs per 100 balls.
Having 4 young Indian batsmen in their top 6 has allowed Delhi to play more bowlers and all-rounders as their overseas players. Their bowling strength is so deep Rabada and Hilfenhaus are yet to get a game.
Chris Morris is their leading wicket taker on 8. He has a good economy rate of 6.64. Combined with his powerful batting he is an exceptionally valuable player to the team. Cummings has also bowled well taking 7 wickets and going at 7.6 an over. The third seamer in the team is Zaheer Khan who has an economy rate of 7.8. He also has 7 wickets.
Against KKR Mohammed Shami was selected as a 4th seamer instead of spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. Shami went for 9.3 an over compared to the 4.9 an over Nadeem has gone for. Nadeem has taken 4 wickets. He must return to the side to bowl with lead spinner Amit Mishra. Mishra has taken 5 wickets at a more expensive 8.1 an over.
Delhi have tried Brathwaite, Anderson and Mathews in the batting all-rounder role. I prefer Anderson due to his powerful batting.
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