On Monday, the bottom two teams on the standings will square off in Match 34 of IPL 2023 as Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Delhi Capitals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. The Sunrisers come into this game as the favourites despite losing their last four matches against the visitors Delhi Capitals. Lwanele Poswayo has prepared his best bets for this game.
Both teams have been poor in this campaign so far, with six league points earned from their combined 12 matches. The main reason for Sunrisers’ struggles this season has been their batting. Their batting average (156.17) and run-rate (8.01) are worse than all sides apart from – ironically – their opponents Delhi Capitals.
SRH have struggled to find their best or most balanced XI, with Mayank Markande (eight wickets, ER 6.25rpo) their only consistent player. He has been their top bowler in 3 of their last four games. Back him to be the Sunrisers’ top bowler in this game at 4.50.
The Capitals, on the other hand, earned their first win of the season in their previous game by beating KKR by 4 wickets. Even though they won the game, they weren’t convincing as they chased down a score of 128 in 19.2 overs, losing 6 wickets in the process. David Warner once again top-scored for them, scoring 57 off 41 balls. He’s at 3.00 to score 50+ runs.
They were, however, boosted by the performance of Ishant Sharma, who was named Player of the Match after his bowling performance (4-0-19-2). South Africa’s Anrich Nortje has also been amongst the wickets of late, taking two in the previous game.
I expect a low-scoring encounter, with both sides struggling with the bat, especially at the top of the order. The average first-innings score across three IPL 2023 matches at this venue is 179, while the all-time average is 160. Take the under 68.5 individual score at 1.86.
Although Delhi Capitals did get their first win of the season in their previous match, and Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost their last two, I’m backing the Sunrisers to win this game at home as they’ve shown more promise and consistency.
The average first-innings score across three IPL 2023 matches at this venue is 179, while the all-time average is 160.
Seven of the Sunrisers’ 11 H2H wins have come while chasing.
An opener top-scored for the Sunrisers in their last three matches.
David Warner has been dismissed in the powerplays only once this season.
In five of the Capitals’ six matches this season, an Indian bowler ended up taking the highest wickets for them.
David Warner’s 1602 runs in Hyderabad are the fourth-most for a batter at a venue, behind Virat Kohli (2545 in Bengaluru), AB de Villiers (1960 in Bengaluru) and Rohit Sharma (1602 in Mumbai).
The Capitals are yet to hit a six in the powerplay this season. They have collectively managed just 15 sixes in the season so far.