Delhi face uphill task against in-form SRH

Alicia Farmer
May 5, 2018

SRH are now at the top of the table with 12 points from eight games but they will be in no mood to take the sixth-placed Delhi lightly whose young batting department has rattled the opposition bowling line-up recently be it Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings or Rajasthan Royals.

While new Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer is striving hard to keep the team float. Whereas Sunrisers Hyderabad, after losing their winning momentum against CSK regained its confidence against the Kings Eleven Punjab in the last match.

Just like previous editions, Daredevils have had a stop-start campaign in the ongoing IPL and are on the brink of yet another early elimination. Ever since young Shreyas Iyer took over charge from Gautam Gambhir - under whom the side had managed to win just one of the six matches - Delhi have a ray of hope to make the playoffs. But the team would also want its foreign recruits Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell to fire.

Despite his absence, SRH have defended low totals, one against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here and also against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

In the bowling, Trent Boult with 13 wickets, has been their stand out performer, while the experienced Amit Mishra has been doing a decent job. The likes of Siddharth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Shakib Al Hasan have all delivered in a regular basis.

"And the way they (SRH bowlers) have performed without him in the last 2-3 matches, it is a big thing.", he added.

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Captain Kane Williamson expects Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be fit for the game.

In another instance, on 29 April, while defending a modest target of 152 the Hyderabad bowlers halted Rajasthan Royals' chase at 140 in 20 overs.

Sunrisers head coach Tom Moody said having done the tough work, the team is now focused to finish on a good note.

The test of time for Munro and Maxwell is that they improve the prospects of Delhi by performing better.

Match starts at 8 pm IST.

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