Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are ready to play host to Delhi Daredevils (DD) in match no.13 of Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. DD have played some intelligent cricket so far in the tournament but have managed to win only one of the three matches they have played. Meanwhile, SRH too have managed only one victory out of their three matches and are in search of the right balance.
DD suffered a big blow as Mohammed Shami is likely to be out of the IPL because of an injury. But they should be happy and confident as they managed to overcome the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) challenge. SRH, on the other hand, would look to improve in areas where they went wrong against the Rajasthan Royals(RR). Here are some of the key battles in the upcoming match:
David Warner vs Nathan Coulter-Nile: Warner has been in form right from the start of the tournament. He has been instrumental at the top order of SRH in giving them a good start. His fellow-Australian Coulter-Nile must be aware of Warner's weakness around the off-stump and would like to cause some problems for him by bowling at the corridor of uncertainity.
Shikhar Dhawan vs Angelo Mathews: Dhawan has been in good touch but he has failed to convert it into a big score. His partnership with Warner at the top of the order has been important for SRH, but he needs to play his natural game and should not hold himself back. Mathews, on the other hand, has been bowling a tight line and length and his variations have been brilliant when it comes to troubling a batsman.
Yuvraj Singh vs Trent Boult: Yuvraj showcased his brilliance in the match against the KXIP. He proved his worth by playing a match-winning knock of 54 runs from just 39 balls and would look to bring that momentum to this match as well. Boult is fast and quick and he would look to trouble Yuvraj with his short pitch deliveries. He can be equally dangerous if he gets to swing the ball. A good contest is certain here.
JP Duminy vs Karn Sharma: Duminy has to come in handy with his bat and needs to improve his strike-rate. Duminy can hit the ball really long and is a good player of spin bowling too. It will be a test of character for Karn Sharma when he will be up against this South African all-rounder. He would look to deceive Duminy with his flighted deliveries.
Ravi Bopara vs Amit Mishra: Bopara can cause some serious damage towards the end of the innings if he is allowed to free his arms. He can muscle the ball out of the park and that is where Amit Mishra has to come into play with his variations. His googlies will be hard to pick and so will be his flippers.
SRH will look to bank on their home advantage and go for a win. Meanwhile, DD will look to carry on with their winning momentum. It will be a match that both the sides would not want to lose.