Abu Dhabi: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will face the challenge of Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday, in such a situation, the captain Shreyas Iyer’s DC will be aiming to score a hat-trick of victory, while captain David Warner's team will try to taste of first win after loss in two consecutive matches. DC is full of confidence after winning their first two matches in a row and will try to maintain this rhythm in the next match as well. Delhi Capitals showed great spirit in both the opening matches and recorded an encouraging win. In other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad is the only team in the tournament, awaiting their first win.
Under the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer, the team easily defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) after defeating Kings XI Punjab in a Super Over match. The DC tops the point table. Sunrisers will try to return to the tournament from this match. The team failed to achieve the target of 164 runs despite being in a better position than Johnny Bairstow (61) and Manish Pandey (34) in their opening match of this season.
In the second match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the SRH team failed to score big. In this match, Wriddhiman Saha was criticized for his slow batting. He will be expected to bat according to the format. For Delhi, South African pace bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Enrique Narje have done well with the new ball, while Akshar Patel and Amit Mishra among the spinners have done well in the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ashwin was injured in the first match and he is unlikely to play against the Sunrisers. Leg-spinner Mishra said before the match, “Ashwin is not a serious injury, he bowled at the nets yesterday and he will be back soon. He is under the supervision of the physio and will bowl at the nets again today. He can stay out of another match.”
The batting will once again have a strong start on experienced Shikhar Dhawan and young Prithvi Shaw. Rishabh Pant and Iyer hinted to be in rhythm by batting well against Chennai. Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has also made useful contributions with the bat, while the team would expect a better performance from West Indies' Shimran Hetmyer.
Batting is proving to be a weak link for the Sunrisers. Apart from Warner and Bairstow, the other batsmen will also have to contribute if the team has to register the first win in the tournament. The team, which won the IPL title in 2016, fielded Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi in place of injured Mitchell Marsh. Nabi had contributed well with the ball and bat. The team, however, could include Kane Williamson in the final 11 in place of Nabi to strengthen the middle order in this match. For Sunrisers, Rashid Khan has done well in bowling but he did not get the same support from other bowlers.
Both probable teams:-
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Johnny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma , B Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khalil Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ishant Sharma, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Lamichane, Chemo Paul, Daniel Sams , Mohit Sharma, Enrich Norje, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Avesh Khan, Tusshar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav.