Sunrisers desperate to get going
The second phase of this years IPL is back in full swing with Wednesday’s clash between the Delhi Capitals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad completing the first full round of fixtures since the tournament got back underway. If you are to look at the table, you’d think this could be a mismatch, but the Orange Army will have a point to prove as they get back underway.
Time to mount a serious challenge
They have been the nearly men of the last few editions of the IPL, but the Delhi Capitals find themselves in a good position to mount a serious assault on the crown this year. Currently sat in second place in the table, the Capitals know that a win against the Sunrisers will see them return to the top of the tree.
There is no easy game in the Indian Premier League, but if you were to ask the hierarchy at the Capitals who they would want in their first game back, and it would be the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Just one win in their opening seven matches in the first part of the season, the Orange Army will be desperate to turn their fortunes around, if they are to give themselves a chance of any silverware this in the UAE.
The Capitals will be without the services of English all-rounder Chris Woakes who has decided not to travel back to finish the tournament, opting instead to make sure he is fresh for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will also be held in the UAE. Woakes is one of four English players not to return to the tournament, including Jonny Bairstow who normally opens the batting for the Sunrisers.
Woakes has been replaced by Aussie bowler Ben Dwarshuis who boast an impressive BBL record and had a successful stint in the Vitality Blast in England with the Worcestershire Rapids.
They will be pleased to have all their Indian international stars back and covid free after their scare at the end of the English tour, with Rishabh Pant leading the side, with Shreyas Iyer still on the side-lines.
Whilst it seems obvious who are the favourites to take the two points, what we have seen since the restart of the IPL is that not all teams have hit the ground running straight away, so it very well might be a tighter game than most would have expected.
I am backing the Sunrisers Hyderabad to score over 70.5 runs in the first 10 overs, in the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad at 1.84 with Parimatch.