Posted: 25 April 2014 at 3:53am | IP Logged
Sunrisers Hyderabad, who lie at the bottom of the league table, clash with the Delhi Daredevils in Match 12 of Pepsi IPL 2014.
have problems to fix on both batting and bowling fronts. The batsmen
have failed to get enough runs, managing only 133 and 121 in their two
outings. In fact, against Kings XI Punjab, it was all-round failure as
the bowlers too came in for plenty of stick and conceded 193 runs.
Daredevils too have problems of their own; they have only one win from
three outings - that win too coming in a nervy run-chase against the
Kolkata Knight Riders. The team comes into this match after a disastrous
outing against the Chennai Super Kings, when they were dismissed for
their third-lowest score in the IPL - 84.
Kevin Pietersen is
likely to take the field for the first time this season and his presence
will certainly bolster the side. Not only is he a proven match-winner,
he also has plenty of experience under his belt and one can expect his
positivity to rub off on his teammates.
The top three in the SRH
batting line-up need to come good if the team is to compete with the
rest of the field. Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner are the
most experienced and most reputed batsmen in the line-up. Yet, they have
only managed to score a combined 100 runs thus far in the competition -
at a strike-rate of 96. SRH need a lot more from them - and they need
to start pulling their weight around right away.
is undoubtedly the biggest superstar in the Delhi Daredevils line-up.
Expect him to come out all guns blazing. In Dinesh Karthik, JP Duminy
and Ross Taylor, they have enough ammunition down the order, but the top
order needs to start getting runs as well, and Pietersen could be the
answer to the problems at the top.
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI
Punjab: One hopes the first thing Tom Moody would have told his wards
in the pre-match team meeting is to maintain discipline on the field.
The best fielder in the team - David Warner - grassed a Glenn Maxwell
skier when he was on 11. Darren Sammy should have had the wicket of
Maxwell on 62 as well, had he not overstepped the popping crease. It
would not be wrong to say that those two opportunities cost SRH the
match. Moody will also ask his top three - who have together faced 104
balls in two matches out of a possible total of 240 deliveries - to
assume more responsibility and bat more sensibly, especially given there
isn't too much firepower in the batting order. SRH will also need to
work on their bowling strategies; just having the world's most feared
bowler in their ranks will not help. Dhawan needs to use him wisely too.
Against KXIP, Dale Steyn did not get to bowl at Maxwell until the
Australian was well into his 70s.
Delhi Daredevils v Chennai
Super Kings: DD have lost a total of eight wickets in the powerplay
overs in their three matches so far this season - including three
wickets in their previous outing. Coach Gary Kirsten will be trying to
instill in his wards the importance of keeping wickets.
Hyderabad won both their matches against the Delhi Daredevils in Pepsi
IPL 2013. In the first meeting at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Dale Steyn and
co. restricted DD to 114/8 and got home in the final over of the run
chase. In the following match, SRH decimated DD by dismissing them for
80 and romped to a six-wicket win in the 14th over.