Get ready for an epic showdown as Delhi Capitals take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the iconic Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Despite two consecutive wins, Delhi Capitals are still at the bottom of the table, but they have a glimmer of hope and the confidence to turn things around.
In their last encounter against Sunrisers in Hyderabad, Delhi defended a low total of 144 with Ishant Sharma and Mukesh Kumar impressing with the ball, while the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel reaped rewards.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been struggling to find their rhythm in this season of the IPL. After their recent loss to the same opponent, it won't be easy for them to take on the Delhi Capitals.
The Sunrisers' batting line-up has struggled, failing to chase a modest total of 144 in the last game. While Harry Brook scored a century in one of the games, he is yet to perform consistently. Rahul Tripathi's form is also a cause for concern.
David Warner will be under pressure to lead the batting. However, the bowling department is in great shape, with experienced pacer Ishant Sharma leading the pack. Axar Patel has also been in excellent form, both with the ball and the bat.
Kuldeep Yadav has been very economical, making the bowling line-up really a good one
Rovman Powell might get a chance in place of the underperforming Philip Salt
Predicted Lineup: David Warner (c), Philip Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Lalit Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar
The Sunrisers Hyderabad team has struggled with their batting so far in the tournament, with only a rare standout performance from Harry Brooks. Mayank Agarwal and Rahul Tripathi need to score more consistently and at a higher strike rate.
The team failed to chase a low score of 144 and will have to forget the dismal performance. Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen has shown glimpses of his talent and form, and may be a good option to bat higher up the order for the struggling batsmen. Washington Sundar also had a decent Cameo in the last game.
There might not be any changes to the playing XI
Predicted Lineup: Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (C), Abhishek Sharma, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Mayank Markande
Although both teams have had their fair share of scrappy wins and dismal performances, it's important to remember that the IPL is a long tournament and there's still plenty of time for them to make a comeback. But to do so, they will have to start winning games and build some momentum.
One area where both teams have struggled is batting. Their average performances with the bat have been a cause for concern and something that needs to be addressed urgently. However, both teams have some talented players in their ranks who are more than capable of turning the game on its head.
We predict the Sunrisers Hyderabad to come out on top in this match.