After a 10-wicket drubbing against Kings XI Punjab in their previous IPL match, the Delhi Daredevils have a tedious task at hand again when they clash with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on their home turf on Tuesday.
Captain Zaheer Khan's ouster from the tournament due to a hamstring strain as further dented their hopes of staying alive in the tournament. However, their bowlers have still managed to make an impression but the batsmen have let the side down with unending poor run.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have had an impressive run so far with 13 points in 10 games in their kitty. The team is firing on all cylinders under David Warner's inspiring captainship.
The defending champions have gone from strength to strength. On Sunday, the contrasting performances of the two sides tells the story. Daredevils were shot out for 67 and Hyderabad out on the board 209 for 3 against the most consistent and table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders for a convincing 48-run win.
Hyderabad's dominance was a result of an exceptional knock from captain Warner, who smashed 126 off 59 balls, punishing the KKR bowlers with 10 fours and eight sixes.
Warner's New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson is also in great touch with his power-hitting skills in crucial stages. Also, star batsman Yuvraj Singh is due for a big score and he can be a big headache for opposition bowlers on any given day.
The bowling department of the Sunrisers Hyderabad too looks promising with Indian paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar (current 'Purple Cap' holder with 20 wickets) has also been a fantastic performer this season. He is backed by experienced Ashish Nehra and Mohammed Siraj.
These assets can be a big worry for the struggling Delhi Daredevils who are all but out of the race of play-offs.
(With inputs from PTI)