Last time when they met at UAE, Sunrisers were desperate for a win after losing their first two matches. Match against DD finally gave them a win as Finch hit Delhi Daredevils out of the match as DD reached 180 runs and fell short by 4 runs. Now, while SRH has just earned their third win in 7 matches, DD is in soup. Playing their 9th match, another defeat will knock them out of the tournament with 5 matches remaining. Having lost two consecutive matches at home, they are hardly looking like a team. SRH may again look forward to their last year’s hero, Amit Mishra who won them the match at Delhi. Overall, SRH again has an edge and look set to reach fourth position in the Points Tally.
Journey So Far
- 1. lost to Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets. 2. Kings XI Punjab by 72 runs.
3. Def DD by 4 runs.
4. Lost to CSK by 5 wickets.
5. Def MI by 15 runs.
6. Lost to RCB by 4 wickets.
7. Def RR by 32 runs.
- 1. lost to RCB by 8 wickets, 2. def KKR by 4 wickets.
3. Lost to CSK by 93 runs
4. Lost to SRH by 4 runs.
5. Def MI by 6 wickets.
6. Lost to RR by 7 wickets.
7. Lost to KKR by 8 wickets.
Head-to-Head: SRH 3-0 DD
- 1. SRH won by 3 wkts, MOM: Amit Mishra
2. SRH won by 6 wkts, MOM: Sammy
3. SRH won by 4 wickets, MOM: Finch
SRH has experienced a mixed journey so far. Bhuvneswar Kumar with 14 wickets is the Purple Cap holder but otherwise Sunrisers have no commendable performers. Warner has scored 230 runs and Finch has scored 191 runs, but even their inconsistent performances and others including captain Dhawan has hurt them the most. They have scored only 4 half-centuries so far and overall their batting needs improvement. Still, that should not be their concern as their strength lies in bowling. Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra has not been so successful, still their last game shows in India they are getting back to rhythm. That should raise alarm for other teams. The journey till halfway has not been so successful, but the other half of tournament gives them hope for success.
On the other hand, DD has seen hardly and worth mentioning performances. Duminy has scored 280 runs, but that is all about their success. Karthik and Murali Vijay both has scored 193 runs, but none of them has looked like match winners. Before the tournament they were projected as bowler’s team, but their most successful bowler Unadkat has only 6 wickets to showcase. None of their bowlers have economy below 6.70. As if that was not enough, they have already registered one of the lowest score of IPL.
Overall the bowling of Sunrisers gives them the decisive edge, and Amit Mishra being a local, can be expected to tame Daredevils.