Delhi in a must-win match against Hyderabad

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The Daredevils, languishing at the bottom of the table, need to win all their remaining games to make it to the play-offs

Down in the dumps after three consecutive heavy defeats, a beleaguered Delhi Daredevils has no option but to win all their remaining games, starting with the tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Saturday to salvage any hope of qualifying for the play-offs of IPL-7.

With just two wins out of eight games, the Daredevils are languishing at the bottom of the points table and only a miracle performance can seal their place in the knock-out stages of the T20 event.

Psychologically, Daredevils are at their lowest ebb and would be hoping for something extraordinary to turn their fortunes around.

While Delhi’s batting has been inconsistent in the tournament so far, the patchy and unimpressive performance of the bowlers — Mohammad Shami, Wayne Parnell, Siddharth Kaul and Shahbaz Nadeem — did not help the side’s cause either.

The poor form of their star player and captain Kevin Pietersen has added to Delhi’s misery. Going by his standards (62 from five innings), it was definitely not the start Gary Kirsten would have expected from his first coaching assignment with any IPL side.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), on the other hand, will be a more confident lot going into Saturday’s match, especially after the morale-boosting 32-run win over Rajasthan Royals .

Sunrisers now find themselves in the fifth spot with three wins from seven games.

Just like Daredevils, Sunrisers’ batting too has been inconsistent — an example of which was visible in Thursday night’s match against Rajasthan as the side could only muster 134 runs for nine in their alloted 20 overs.

But the bowlers came to Sunrisers rescue as led by young Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/14) the Hyderabad side bowled out Rajasthan for a paltry 102.

Bhuvneshwar’s senior pace colleague Dale Steyn (2/33) took two wickets while Karn Sharma, Moises Henriques and Irfan Pathan scalped wicket apiece in a collective bowling effort to ensure the win for Sunrisers.PTI



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