The Sunrisers Hyderabad are on a terrific run at the moment and they will look to confirm their place in the top four of the IPL 2016 points table with a positive result over the Delhi Daredevils. Both teams look good for a playoff spot this season, making this game one to watch out for.
After pulling off a brilliant total defence, SRH will try and put in a better all-round performance against a DD side coming off two straight defeats.
Here is a prediction of how SRH vs DD might play out.
If SRH bat first: David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are unable to forge a strong partnership together, as the captain falls in the second over to Mohammed Shami. However, Dhawan and Williamson come together for a brilliant 86-run partnership, setting the base for the rest of the batsmen to go into tonk town. Yuvraj Singh is the one who takes up that invitation, striking a quickfire 38 to propel SRH to 173.
The Delhi Daredevils begin well as Quinton de Kock and Rishabh Pant strike some early boundaries. However, the openers fall in quick succession, to Ashish Nehra and Barinder Sran, leaving Sanju Samson and Karun Nair to do some repair work. The two right-handers put on a 50-run partnership, but with the required run rate climbing, the pressure tells, with Samson falling for 28. JP Duminy/Sam Billings comes in and hits a couple of boundaries, but it is always a losing battle, particularly with the death bowling skills of Mustafizur Rahman.
If DD bat first: De Kock and Pant make a fast start, scoring 50 in the Powerplay. Pant falls in the final over of the Powerplay, but De Kock carries on, with Samson giving him good company at the other end. The left and right-hand combination combine for 70 runs, allowing the lower middle order to go smash-bang to take DD to 181.
With the pressure on the SRH batsmen after their bowlers have a bad day, Warner takes it upon himself to lead his side to a win, banging fours and sixes at will at the top. Dhawan is happy to just take the singles and give his captain the strike, as the opening partnership bulges past the 100-run mark. When Warner falls, SRH need 78 from 50 balls, and with Yuvraj Singh coming in at N0.3, the two Sunrisers left-handers take their team a little more closer. Deepak Hooda then comes in, with the Sunrisers Hyderabad needing 30 from the final 15 balls, and bashes a few over the ropes to give his team the victory.