Daredevils still seeking first points | PunterPolls Prediction
Before the IPL began, if a poll was taken to predict which team would lose its first three matches, Delhi Daredevils wouldn't have got many votes. Despite the loss of Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor, the table-toppers from the previous season seemed to have enough firepower in the line-up. The absence of their spearhead Morne Morkel, busy with the domestic competition in South Africa, and Virender Sehwag, who was struggling with a bad back, set them back further. Morkel returned for the previous match but couldn't stop Mumbai Indians' marauding batsmen.
As they look to snap their losing streak, Daredevils will be boosted by the return of Sehwag, which means they will be able to field a full-strength line-up (among players available for this season) for the first time. What will also encourage them will be the fact that they are up against Sunrisers Hyderabad, generally regarded as one of the weaker teams in the competition despite their two wins from the first three matches.
Sunrisers have begun surprisingly well, largely on the back of a formidable bowling unit. Dale Steyn continues to show why he's the premier bowler in world cricket, Amit Mishra continues to show why he has been such a success in the IPL over the past six seasons, Thisara Perera has sparkled with both bat and ball, and even Ishant Sharma, usually not the most reliable of bowlers in limited-overs, has been tidy. Their batting isn't exactly fear-inducing though, with several little-knowns who are unlikely to be consistent match-winners.
Delhi is still looking for their first win of the tournament and this time they are facing comparatively weaker but confident team of the tournament. Sunrisers have won their first two game against Pune and RCB but have lost last game against RCB in banglore. But in that particular match C.White has played some very good shots and shown a positive signs.
Another hand, Delhi daredevils who has been outplayed by Mumbai Indians other day and have lost a very close games against the Rajasthan Royals is not playing as a unit. Hopefully Sehwag returns will boost the team, remember this is must win situation of Daredevils to stay in the contest. So, definetly Daredevils are under pressure and if they want to win, Jayawardene and Sehwag is the key man for them.
According to our experts this should be a close encounter especially if Sunrisers will bat first and score 150+. Our prediction Daredevils should win this game.
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Match 14: Daredevils v Risers, 12 April
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (36% Votes)
- Delhi Daredevils (64% Votes)