We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Delhi vs Hyderabad Match at Wankhede Stadium
Batters have enjoyed their time at the Wankhede Stadium. The spinners, though, have often struggled with the dew. Three out of the last four games at this venue have been won by the teams chasing.
Time: 5 May, 7.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIS for Delhi & Hyderabad
Probable XI for Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner*, Mitchell Marsh*, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell*, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman*, Chetan Sakariya
Probable XI for Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson* (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram*, Nicholas Pooran* (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar/Jagadeesha Suchith, Marco Jansen*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Power Players for Delhi vs Hyderabad Match
T Natarajan dealt with an injury in the last game. However, if he is passed fit, expect him to be amongst the wickets once again. Till now, he has taken 17 wickets in 9 games at 17.82.
Abhishek Sharma has made perfect use of luck and opportunity at the top. A mix of clean and reckless shots has seen him add 182 runs in his last 4 innings.
Smart Picks for Delhi vs Hyderabad Match
Nicholas Pooran can be frustratingly inconsistent, but if he ends up negotiating a few overs, he has the ability to destroy any attack. His 64 off 33 in the last game against Chennai augurs well for Hyderabad going forward.
Fantasy players will be keeping a keen eye on Kane Williamson and Rishabh Pant. While the Hyderabad captain averages 68 in his last four innings against Delhi, Pant’s last four scores against Hyderabad read 35*, 37, 28, and 36.
Umran Malik went wicketless against Chennai. That said, his hostility may wreak havoc against a brittle middle order of Delhi.
If Delhi are to take on the formidable Hyderabad seam attack, David Warner and Prithvi Shaw will have to lay a decent platform at the top. While Shaw (259 at 28.77) has lived and died by the sword, Warner (264 at 44) seems to be keen on occupying the crease for longer periods.
If Washington Sundar is unfit, Jagadeesha Suchith is the likely replacement. Earlier during Sundar’s absence, the left-arm spinner picked 5 wickets in four games.
Although Shardul Thakur bagged a three-wicket haul in the last game, he has only 7 wickets to his credit in 9 games this season. With the bat too, he has scored a mere 79 runs.
Rovman Powell might have scores of 35, 33*, and 36 in his last three innings, but it’s important to note that his average (16.87) has been anything but poor. Surprisingly, he has also bowled only once in this edition.
Delhi vs Hyderabad Match Preview
Bad form and untimely injuries to marquee players have snapped Delhi’s momentum in this Indian T20 League edition. Currently, they have only 8 points in 9 games. On the other hand, Hyderabad have been ticking all the right boxes and are comfortably placed in the top half of the points table.
Given the balance and depth in the Hyderabad setup, they will start as the strong favourites. Meanwhile, Delhi will need to bat better to have any chances of emerging victorious.
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