With three wins on the trot, Sunrisers Hyderabad sit atop the IPL 2016 leaderboard with 14 points and will back themselves to grasp two more when they host Delhi Daredevils on Thursday. Traditionally, 16 points have been what it takes to make the IPL playoffs and David Warner’s team, in possession of the best pace attack this season, are the biggest threat for Delhi who are coming off two straight defeats.
That has left them at fifth on the points table. Mumbai Indians’ win over Royal Challengers Bangalore means that Daredevils will need to win at least three of their remaining five to qualify. That would give them 16 points; anything more will assure Daredevils of a spot. Should they nosedive, however, and teams like Mumbai and RCB surge, then the battle for that fourth playoff spot will greatly intensify.
Zaheer Khan has led Delhi astutely but to stop a well-oiled Sunrisers batting order and that aforementioned bowling unit will need something edgier and steelier. Delhi’s last game was a nine-run loss to Kings XI Punjab. Warner’s team just defended 137 by four runs, proof that they don’t offer an inch. They have also won four of six matches at Uppal this season.
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 20:00 IST
Weather: A warm evening with temperatures in the mid-30s.
No changes expected.
Probable XI: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Naman Ojha (wk), 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Barinder Sran, 10 Ashish Nehra, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
If JP Duminy is fit, Delhi will have to decide between dropping Carlos Brathwaite and Sam Billings.
Probable XI: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Sanju Samson, 3 Karun Nair, 4 Sam Billings, 5 Carlos Brathwaite, 6 Chris Morris, 7 Rishabh Pant, 9 Amit Mishra, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Zaheer Khan (capt), 11 Shahbaz Nadeem
– David Warner has hit the most sixes in the tournament – 21.
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– Chris Morris owns the record for most sixes in an innings – eight.
– Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs one wicket to top the IPL 9 bowling chart.
“If we don’t have injuries, we can go far ahead in the tournament. The great thing about Warner is he gives confidence.” – Ashish Nehra
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