Date & Time: on Thursday, 4th April; 08:00pm IST
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Two top-order heavily built sides face each other on Thursday at the Capital city. The team from Hyderabad is riding high on the back of two dominating performances with the bat. Their top order has always scored the bulk of runs so far, leaving the middle order untested.
On the other hand, Delhi fared better when their top order performed, but they struggled whenever the top order couldn’t finish games.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad will go ahead with the same playing XI of the previous match keeping in mind Delhi’s three left-handers in the top 5.
Delhi might bring back at least one spinner to the playing XI, given that the conditions offer better assistance for the spinners.
In the first game at this venue spinners dominated the proceedings and it was a sporting surface, but in the second match they have all had their say. Now it’s interesting to see what surface will be provided today. The average score is 170 in the last 5 games at this venue.
Weather-wise dew is likely to play its part in the game and help the chasing team.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener has been in good form of late and we expect his best today too. He has good numbers against Delhi bowlers, whether it is pace or spin it doesn’t matter to him. He has a strike rate of 145 against Morris, and against Axar Patel & Amit Mishra he strikes at 155 and 120 respectively. He needs to be careful when playing Rabada, since he has dismissed him once before.
The aggressive batsman may not have scored big in the last two matches, but his crisp knocks have helped his team get the scoreboard moving. Now he might want to convert the start to something big and we expect him to do so against the Sunrises. His record against the Sunrisers’ bowlers is impressive, as he scored 185 runs at a strike rate of 166 in the last 5 encounters against them. He has staggering numbers at this venue, where he scored 199 runs in last 5 matches here.
It will be interesting to see how this Delhi boy handles Sunrisers Hyderabad, in which he was formerly a part of, for the past 5 years. He surely knows a thing or two about Sunrisers’ bowlers. We expect him to exploit this knowledge in the match. His record at the venue also suggests that he will have a smashing innings, as he has scored 267 runs in the last 5 games here.
He has a good record against the Hyderabad batsmen. In the last 5 encounters against them, he has had a strike rate of 20. He dismissed Williamson twice and had also got the better of Warner and Bairstow once. We expect him to continue adding to his good record against Sunrisers batsmen.
The right arm pacer is in good form of late. He has picked 6 wickets and has a strike rate of 19.83 in last 5 games in this format. While against Delhi batsmen his record is quite good in the recent past. He dismissed Shreyas Iyer twice and Mortis once. We can expect a good show from him today.
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