The first-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad travel to Feroz Shah Kotla Ground having strung together five-consecutive wins to lead the competition, they’ll take on the bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils in a bid to extend their winning streak to six tomorrow night. Delhi’s patchy-form doesn’t even compare to Hyderabad’s dominance in IPL 11, the Sunrisers have set themselves up for success this season with a stunning run throughout the tournament.
It’s about time Delhi cut their losses with star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, in this case persistence hasn’t paid off with the 29-year-olds form continuing to rapidly decline as the tournament starts to wind down. Maxwell has arguably been their biggest failure in IPL 11 averaging a dismal 14.77 with the bat despite being a handy part-time spinner with the ball, the Aussie was picked for his batting prowess & has fallen well-short of expectations in 2018. Having said that, the Daredevils Indian contracted players have stood up in a time of desperate-need when the chips were down so to speak, Skipper Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and the ultra-impressive teenager Prithvi Shaw have all offered stability in the batting order which is a tremendous upside for Delhi. Just take a look at the three of these guys averages – Iyer (50.14), Shaw (41.00) and Pant (39.30) have just about done everything possible to elevate their teams position this year, it’s been their underperforming overseas signings who’ve probably cost them dearly when the match was just about in favour of the Daredevils. With Maxwell a near-certainty to drop out of the XI tomorrow due to his flatlining-form, they could be a small-chance of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament. Veteran spinner Amit Mishra has been impressive since his return to form against the Knight Riders, while fast bowler Trent Boult is starting to show signs of fatigue in his past three games and could possibly be rested soon. There’s no doubt in my mind that Delhi will be strongly-considering bringing back one of Colin Munro or Jason Roy to face the Sunrisers, both are hit-and-miss type players but extremely damaging on their day. Injuries to both Chris Morris who has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2018 IPL and Jason Roy haven’t helped their cause either. Whatever the case may be, the Daredevils will be looking to put up a fight against the league leaders in front of a packed home crowd under lights.
What an incredible story this is. Losing their captain & star player before the season even got under way, Kane Williamson has shaken off the comparisons to David Warner and taken the Sunrisers Hyderabad to the top of the standings with nothing more than some open minded captaincy and individual brilliance with the bat from the star-New Zealander. It doesn’t take a genius to break down Hyderabad’s success in 2018, but what you will discover is the enormous amount of influence Kane Williamson has had whilst compiling all these wins up until now. To give you an idea of how influential the Sunrisers skipper has been in IPL 11, his numbers with the bat will just about explain all there is to know. In Hyderabad’s 10 matches, Williamson has accumulated 410 runs at 51.25 with five half-centuries to go along with that, but more importantly creating a solid base for the rest of his batting line-up to work around. If Williamson has done 50% of the job for Hyderabad, the bowling unit has just about matched that with some magnificent efforts against some of the most brutal hitters in the game. Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has had an injury-interrupted tournament, the Sunrisers have found plenty of other avenues in IPL 11 with medium pacer Siddarth Kaul (13 wickets), leggy-Rashid Khan (13 wickets) and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (10 wickets) all combining brilliantly. Even the likes of Sandeep Sharma, Billy Stanlake and Basil Thampi have played their role to perfection at different stages in the tournament, they have extraordinary depth in their bowling department this season. Hyderabad are looking for their sixth-consecutive win tomorrow night, the way they’re playing at the moment you’d almost pencil it in before the first ball. English opener Alex Hales has made the most of his opportunities since being selected in the team, racking up 95 runs in his three IPL outings for the Sunrisers.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Delhi Daredevils | 42nd match | Delhi
- Shreyas Iyer
- Amit Mishra
- Prithvi Shaw
- Rishabh Pant
- Liam Plunkett
Wildcard pick – Dan Christian
Top 5 fantasy picks | Sunrisers Hyderabad | 42nd match | Delhi
- Kane Williamson
- Siddarth Kaul
- Rashid Khan
- Alex Hales
- Shakib Al Hasan
Wildcard pick – Sandeep Sharma
Delhi Daredevils (possible) – 1. Prithvi Shaw 2. Colin Munro/Jason Roy 3. Shreyas Iyer © 4. Rishabh Pant (wk) 5. Vijay Shankar 6. Naman Ojha/Rahul Tewatia 7. Dan Christian 8. Liam Plunkett 9. Amit Mishra 10. Avesh Khan/Harshal Patel 11. Trent Boult/Junior Dala.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (possible) – 1. Alex Hales 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Kane Williamson © 4. Manish Pandey 5. Shakib Al Hasan 6. Yusuf Pathan 7. Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 8. Rashid Khan 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10. Siddarth Kaul 11. Sandeep Sharma.
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