Delhi Capitals (DC) hosted Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their fifth game on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla pitch but Hyderabad won the game by 5 wickets.
Hyderabad won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Delhi got off to a poor start as they lost their five wickets for 75 runs within 13.3 overs. However, Shreyas Iyer stood strong at one end and scored a fighting 43 runs off 41. His efforts took Delhi to 129/8 in 20 overs.
In response, Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a flying start. Jonny Bairstow kept his formidable form intact in this game as well and took on Delhi bowlers. Hyderabad put up 62/0 in the powerplay where Bairstow alone scored 48 runs. Later, Rahul Tewatia dismissed him for 48. However, Davis Warner couldn’t perform well as he scored mere 10 runs before dismissal. Hyderabad too saw some batting hiccups but Mohammed Nabi’s quickfire 9-ball 17 handed over the win to Hyderabad.
Strong points of SRH:
SRH is one of the strongest teams in all the departments. Their batting revolves around the fierce openers like David Warner, Jonny Bairstow. Middle order depends on all-rounder Vijay Shankar, Kane Williamson, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey etc. and their bowlers are Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi etc.
Warner and Bairstow have been in a great form where they have added more than 50 runs in every game as an opening pair. In their last stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), both the openers scored a century and broke many records. Hyderabad’s scoring or run-chase is pretty much dependent on them.
Mohammed Nabi is the new edition in their bowling line up. Nabi got the chance to play in the last game where he showcased a brilliant performance, taking 4 wickets by giving mere 11 runs. He performed brilliantly today too where he took 2 wickets and played a handy knock of 17 off 9. He has been complementing Rashid Khan very well. He is one of those bowlers who can bowl in the powerplay as well as in the death overs.
Not only Nabi, but the other bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Rashid Khan also have been in a great form. The stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked his first wicket in the third over and was very consistent against Delhi. The other one came in the 19th over when he dismissed Chris Morris. Kaul too took two wickets yesterday.
Along with their batting and bowling, Hyderabad has a strong fielding side as well. We have seen many stunning catches taken by the fielders and Manish Pandey is one of them. Pandey dived across and caught it centimetres from the ground at the backward point and dismissed Collin Ingram yesterday.
Weak points of SRH:
Though Hyderabad has a strong side and they are winning constantly, their middle-order is not in sync. We have seen their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow play nearly to the end, so their middle order has not been tested yet.
But, in yesterday’s game, Warner was dismissed for 10 and Bairstow for 48. Vijay Shankar, who is known as a power hitter, was seen struggling and managed to score 16 off 21. Manish Pandey, who had a great Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament just before the IPL, has failed to impress with the bat. Along with them, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan too failed to contribute much.
However, a quickfire 17 off 9 from Mohammed Nabi helped Hyderabad to win the game. But it is clear now that if any team can dismiss both Warner and Bairstow within the powerplay, they can restrict Hyderabad within a below par.