Yuvraj Singh has a big role to play in today's match © AFP
Yuvraj Singh has a big role to play in today’s match © AFP

This is a do or die situation for Delhi Daredevils (DD) , they need to win their remaining two matches and that too with big margin to make it into playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are table-toppers and need to win just one match to ensure that they reach the last four. They possess a good run-rate and have a chance to qualify for the last four even if they lose this match. Delhi have surprised everybody, performing reasonably well in this tournament under mentor- Rahul Dravid and skipper Zaheer Khan. Hyderabad will be missing the services of their bowling spearhead Ashish Nehra due to hamstring injury. Delhi will be desperate to win this fixture and must be high confidence as they won the previous match against Hyderabad. Look out for some fierce battles in tonight’s fixture.

Yuvraj Singh vs Chris Morris: Yuvraj Singh coming back to the form is good news for Hyderabad. They can depend on him as a middle order batsman if their top order fails to deliver.  They have found an efficient finisher is Yuvraj as he helped them reach home against Kings XI Punjab. He is comfortable against fast bowlers and likes the ball coming onto the bat. He will face Chris Morris is the death overs, Delhi’s go-to bowlers towards the end of the innings. Morris has troubled batsman with his raw pace and ability to bowl yorkers. He isn’t only reliable in bowling department but batting department as well. He scored a 32 ball 82 against Gujarat Lions which unfortunately ended up in 1-run loss. This battle will be worth snatching remote for.

Quinton de Kock vs Mustafizur Rahman: Quinton de Kock is the leading run scorer for Delhi Daredevils with 383 runs from 11 matches. He has a century under his belt against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He will be facing Mustafizur, who is able to bowl cutters and slower balls with effect. He can disguise the batsman into hitting a lose shot and throwing his wicket away. But he wasn’t impressive in the last match against Delhi which ended up in a horrible spell leaking more than 40 runs in his quota of four overs.

David Warner vs Zaheer Khan: Warner is the leading run scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad having scored 567 runs, standing on No.3 spot in the race to orange cap. He has 6 fifty plus innings in the match. He will be up against Delhi’s veteran bowler and skipper Zaheer Khan. Zaheer has a history of good performances against left-handers. He has taken 9 wickets in this IPL in 7 matches and will look to pick up Warner’s wicket in the powerplay overs itself, barring him a good start.

Kane Williamson vs Amit Mishra: Williamson has proved himself in this IPL with his classical shots and adding quality to their batting department. He has scored one fifty in this season and been brilliant in the field stopping sure shot boundaries in the point region. Amit Mishra might pose some problems against Williamson by taking the ball away from the right handed batsman, forcing him to come forward and drive.

Moises Henriques vs JP Duminy: Henriques’ all round performance has been more of a bowler than a batsman in Hyderabad side. He bowled beautifully against Delhi in previous match but his spell wasn’t enough to stop Rishabh Pant from taking his side home. JP Duminy provides experience and patience in Dlehi’s middle order providing them support and playing the role of an anchor until he runs out of partners. He has also played the role of skipper efficiently in the absence of Zaheer Khan due to injury.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)