If you have just woken up, you will know that the Mumbai Indians win last night has thrown the IPL wide open. Now, we have a serious competition for the top 4 slots.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are pretty much through and a win tonight will confirm that. Delhi Daredevils are out for all practical purposes and a loss tonight will confirm that.
Yes, we are at the business end of the IPL. From this moment, anything is possible.
The contest will be remarkable as it pits the maestros of Hyderabad Sunrisers such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan against the young guns of Delhi Daredevils – Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
This is such an exciting clash. Sure, Delhi Daredevils may well end up at the bottom of the Indian Premier League 2018, but this season will still be remembered as the one that saw the youngsters Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant come to the fore.
These young men are the future of Indian cricket. They have been so good that they have outshone the overseas pros such as Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro. They have pretty much ended Gautam Gambhir’s career.
For this reason, even if Delhi Daredevils lose, it’s not a bad season for them. Perhaps things would have been a lot different had Shreyas Iyer been the captain from the start and Prithvi Shaw had played instead of Gautam Gambhir from the very start of the tournament. The mistake they made was to make such big changes midway through the competition.
Prediction: Sunrisers should win this game. But you never know – the 3 young guns of Delhi Daredevils have an X factor about them. They are always capable of winning a match on their day. Regardless of the result, we expect and exciting and fun-filled match.
Delhi Daredevils: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Jason Roy/Colin Munro/Glenn Maxwell, 3 Rishabh Pant (wk), 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Naman Ojha, 6 Dan Christian, 7 Vijay Shankar, 8 Liam Plunket, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Trent Boult
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Siddarth Kaul, 11 Sandeep Sharma
Watch Delhi Daredevils play Sunrisers Hyderabad tonight on Star Sports Live at 8 pm!