Having derived their two-game losing streak, Sunrisers Hyderabad [SRH] will look to stamp their authority when they face Delhi Daredevils [DD] in their fourth game at home. Having lost twice on the bounce, the hosts battled a difficult pitch to rally 159 on the board and then survived a late blitz from Manan Vohra to secure full points in Monday's (April 17) encounter versus Kings XI Punjab.
While the Sunrisers Hyderabad have tackled on the road, they have been quite sensational at home this season. Skipper David Warner determined the conditions early, put his head down and conjured up an innings that was very different to his natural game. The southpaw took his time before unfearing a series of breathtaking shots. He received crucial support from wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha as the Sunrisers outfit finished with a fighting total.
The rulers of defending modest scores, 159 seemed more than enough as seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar rocked KXIP's top-order. At 82 for 6, the game seemed to be in the pocket of the hosts, only for Manan Vohra to play a blinder. It needed another radiant 19th over from Bhuvneshwar to finally put the game into bed - enabling the hosts to go third in table with six points from five matches.
Having survived the Punjab test, the hosts now brace up for a solid challenge - from the in-form Rahul Dravid team Delhi Daredevils. The Zaheer Khan-led side might have lost their last game, versus Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in a last-over thriller, but the Delhi has resembled a winning unit. With 173 runs, Sanju Samson has been the builder of Delhi's top-order. Given the responsibility and the freedom, the 22-year old has played the type of innings that first brought him into the spotlight.
With Indian star Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in good form and the big-hitting abilities of their overseas acquisitions, the Delhi Daredevils have a batting unit that can put the runs on the board or chase down totals. While batting looks pretty settled, bowling is the key resource of this Delhi unit. Seamers Chris Morris and Pat Cummins have settled as a merger - so much so that Proteas seamer Kagiso Rabada, one of the hottest emerging prospects in world cricket, has been reduced to just watching from the dug-out.