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IPL 10, Match 40: Delhi vs Hyderabad

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With young talents like Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Sam Billings, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins forming the core of their side and led by a canny Zaheer Khan, Delhi Daredevils are the neutral’s favourite in the Indian Premier League 2017. But even the neutrals have started to lose hope with Rahul Dravid, the team mentor, conceding that their fans deserve better after they were bowled out for 67 – the third-lowest IPL total – against Kings XI Punjab on April 30.


Delhi have lost six out of their eight matches and are at the bottom of the table. What stands out in their losses is the inability of the batting unit to take the responsibility, either while setting up a target or while chasing one.

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Whether Zaheer, who missed the game against Punjab because of a hamstring injury, returns immediately or not remains to be seen, but Delhi desperately need a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday (May 2) to revive their campaign.

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That they have played the least number of games this season so far will stop being a cushion if wins don’t show up.Beating Hyderabad, though, is a task easier said than done. They are one of the most balanced sides in the tournament, and the form of David Warner, who became the season’s third centurion after Samson and Hashim Amla, during a 48-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders, makes them even more daunting. They also have good memories of the venue, having won the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 here last year on their way to their maiden title.

In the first encounter between the sides this season, Hyderabad rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s 70 and Kane Williamson’s 89 to post 191 for 4, before restricting Delhi to 176 for 5. The 15-run win came because of the manner in which Williamson, playing his first game this season, paced his 51-ball knock. It’s just the lesson that Delhi’s batsmen need at this stage of their campaign.

Head-to-head record

Played 9. Delhi 3, Hyderabad 6.

Head-to-head at Feroz Shah Kotla

Played 2. Delhi 0, Hyderabad 2.

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