The defending champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Delhi Daredevils at their home ground in Hyderabad. SRH are coming into the match confidently after they narrowly escaped the Vohra storm while Delhi could not hold on KKR after they were in the driving seat.
SRH will be delighted that they got their third win of the season and all of them have come at home, on the other hand, DD can be proud of the way they have performed in this season so far especially their young and inexperienced batting have shown their talent. Last season, Delhi Daredevils got the better of defending champions on both encounters.
Hyderabad will look to continue their dream run at home but for that to happen, they would be needing contribution from the middle order as well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar with his spell of 5 for 19 against KXIP showed why he is one of the best T20 bowlers in the world.
Ashish Nehra missed the last match due to a stiff neck and his replacement Barinder Sran didn’t had the best of matches, so if the veteran bowlers have recovered, he is expected to be back in the playing XI.
The last match pitch was not easy and someone like David Warner had to curb his natural game and play differently. It would be interesting to see what the pitch will have in stores for us, will it be like the last match or will it be a run-fest?
Delhi, on the other hand, is playing some fearless cricket, their young batters are expressing themselves and are showing the world that it is not about having big names in the squad, you can win if you perform well on the ground. Rishabh Pant has shown great form with the bat and he could bat at number 3 to give Delhi some quick runs
Their bowling is their prime weapon that can cause a lot of destruction, and when you have Kagiso Rabada who hasn’t played yet, it goes to show their strength. Corey Anderson may come back in place of Angelo Mathews.
Their spinners too have done a commendable job with Amit Mishra leading from the front and Shahbaz Nadeem has also joined the party, the latter had missed the last match and he is also expected to return.
Match Predictions: SRH will enter as favourites but their batters would have to be beware of DD bowling. The choice of the pitch will be interesting and it being a day-night match, the dew factor can be decisive.
Toss Predictions: SRH will win the toss and will elect to field.
SRH Probable XI: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Ben Cutting, Ashish Nehra, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul.
DD Probable XI: Sanju Samson, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins, Zaheer Khan (c), Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem.
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Date & Kick-off– April 19, 2017, 8:00 PM IST.
Live Streaming – Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony Max, Sony Max HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD and Hot Star.