Sunrisers could not have got a better match than playing against Delhi Daredevils to register first win of the IPL 2014. In the last edition they won both the matches with their bowlers keeping Delhi to one of the lowest score of IPL. In the current IPL, Delhi Daredevils are considered to be one of the weakest team, but they can feel confident with their win against KKR while SRH is yet to register a win. But, despite their one win DD start as underdogs. Finally, Sunrisers should be able to get the taste of victory in UAE, and rise above the bottom of the Points Tally.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost to Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets in a close match. They lost the second match very comfortably against Kings XI Punjab by 72 runs.
On the other hand, DD has played a match more winning one and losing two. They have registered two hige losses, losing the first match to RCB by 8 wickets, and third match to CSK by huge 93 runs, registering one of the lowest score of IPL. In their second match they surprised all by chasing 167 runs against KKR with 3 balls remaining.
Head-to-Head: SRH 2-0 DD
Duminy has been the key player of Delhi Daredevils scoring two half-centuries and being the winning factor in their only win. His early wicket resulted in heavy loss against CSK. Captain Karthik is also showing sign of forms already hitting a half-century. Replacement of Ross Taylor by Quinton de Kock might change their fortune the way Chris Lynn changed KKRs fortune. In bowling Unadkat appears to be the best, as even Shami is not consistent and their best bowler so far Coulter-Nile is doubtful. If Pietersen plays, DD has reason to cheer. Otherwise, their bowling has been very ordinary. They need to rethink about team strategy.
SRH, on the other hand, is playing their best XI but the batsmen are again failing, and bowlers are not finding the same control as they had in the last edition, still they are not performing too bad. A bit of help with the trio of Dhawan, Finch and Warner will get them back to winning ways. Warner knows Delhi very well and that may help him get back to form. But, the biggest problem of Sunrisers is Dhawan, as the captain. The sooner he is replaced, the better is the chances of Sunrisers. Sammy is a good option. But, even with captaincy issue they have a better team balance than Delhi Daredevils. Their bowling attack of Steyn, B Kumar, Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma is still one of the best in the IPL.
With SRH playing, any match gets low scoring. DD also has not done much to give hope of high score. In a low or moderate scoring match, a close finish should see SRH register first win of the IPL 7, edition, unless a strange performance like Chris Lynn happens.