The 11th match of the Indian Premier League is set to be a contest between table toppers Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the only team without a point.
Shreyas Iyer's Delhi will be hoping to extend their two-game winning streak and make it a hattrick, whereas, David Warner and Co will seek to open their winning account of this year after losing two of their previous outings against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
The lack of stable middle-order batsmen seems to be the cause of trouble for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The batsmen, barring Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey, have failed to turn up in the last two matches.
Iyer's Delhi, on the other hand, is in-form with players like Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and the skipper himself, all rising up to the occasion.
The match will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
SunRisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Bavanaka Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Daniel Sams, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav
Starting XI Prediction:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Dream11 Picks:
Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer (C), Priyam Garg, Marcus Stoinis, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Amit Mishra
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(C), Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant(WK), Shreyas Iyer(C), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje
The game begins!
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are at the crease. Warner is on strike. Ishant Sharma will open the attack for DC.
Score after 5 overs: SRH (24-0)
Warner and Bairstow are not doing justice to SRH's current score. Both have played more balls, scoring lesser runs. The pair need to pick up pace, else another batting disappointment from Warner and Co is on the cards.
Score after 10 overs: SRH (82-1)
Warner has departed. Manish Pandey has come to bat. That means, Kane Williamson will come next. A brilliant starting line-up, but the team needs more runs to reach a respectable total.
Score after 15 overs: SRH (117-2)
Pandey was dismissed quite early. However, Williamson is settling into the batting order quite well. But it is the death overs. SRH should aim to set a target between 150-160 and hope to contain the in-form DC batsmen.
Score after 20 overs: SRH (162-4), DC need 163 to win
Williamson increased SRH's strike rate and helped the side to reach a respectable total. Not a tough chase for DC given their explosive batting line-up in the top and middle order.
It is all on SRH's bowling prowess to contain the batsmen and stop them from completing the chase.
The chase begins!
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are at the crease with Shaw on strike. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the attack for SRH.
Score after 5 overs: DC (27-1)
At this stage, SRH were 24 for no loss. DC, despite losing Shaw early on, have an incredible batting prowess for whom the chase will not be a difficult task.
Score after 10 overs: DC (54-2)
SRH bowlers are doing a great job at containing the DC batsmen. Shreyas Iyer has been dismissed, leaving Dhawan and Rishabh Pant at the crease.
Score after 15 overs: DC (104-3), need 59 runs in 30 balls
Dhawan has also been dismissed. Pant and Shimron Hetmyer are at the crease with both scoring boundaries. An easy chase for DC, but if SRH takes a couple more wickets, that will be something to worry about.
Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Delhi Capitals by 15 runs!
Sunrisers Hyderabad have finally won their first game in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. The defeated table toppers Delhi Capital by 15 runs at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
SRH bowlers did a brilliant job to contain DC's batting prowess who were unable to chase a target of 162. Rashid Khan picked up three wickets in four overs and gave away only 14 runs. The Afghanistan spinner made sure no extras were bowled. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also put up a great performance as he dismissed Shaw early on.
Soon after, Khan dismissed the threatening batting line-up consisting of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and the skipper Shreyas Iyer, thereby restricting DC on 147 runs at the loss of 7 wickets.
"I don't put pressure on myself that I have to create an impact. I just keep myself calm and composed and focus on what I can do. I just go out there and do the basics right and enjoy the game," said Khan, who was awarded Man of the Match. "I bowled quicker today, when I started and bowled my first ball, I realized it. You need two three balls to know what the right pace is. In these conditions you need to bowl back of a length to the batsmen."
Earlier, Bairstow smashed two fours and one six in his innings and shared two crucial partnerships -- 77 off 57 balls with Warner for the opening stand and 52 off 38 balls with Williamson for the third wicket.
Making his IPL debut, Jammu and Kashmir's Abdul Samad (12 off 7) blasted a four and six in his useful cameo.
Warner and Bairstow were circumspect with the pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada (2/21) and Anrich Nortje maintaining their line and length.
The result was Sunrisers could only score 38 in the powerplay, which yielded just two fours and a six -- all hit by Warner.
Bairstow picked his first boundary in the seventh over, launching a slog sweep for a six off leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2/35).
The duo tried to make up for the lack of boundaries on the slow track with their excellent running between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Warner sent one straight over Ishant's head for his second six and then picked a four off Mishra with a reverse sweep but the spinner had the last laugh as he had him caught behind with SRH reaching 82 for one in 10 overs.
"We have been working really hard in our training with the death bowling, and today they were fantastic because they can be called up at any stage. We need a bit of luck with the bat, around ten of them found the fielders," Warner said. "We pride ourselves on our running between the wickets. But in this heat, running does take a toll. I did hit some good shots, and I told the analyst that it only found the fielders."
However, Mishra returned to dismiss Manish Pandey (3) before Sunrisers crossed the 100-mark in 14th over.
Playing his first match of the season after recovering from an injury, Williamson smashed two fours in the 16th over to take SRH to 128 for two.
Bairstow reached his fifty off 44 balls before holding out to Nortje in the 18th over. Williamson too was dismissed in the last over.