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IPL 2020 in UAE: Upbeat Sunrisers Hyderabad hoping for final showdown with Mumbai Indians


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Dubai: An upbeat Sunrisers Hyderabad will be eyeing yet another big win against the Delhi Capitals and make it to next Tuesday’s final of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Cleverly marshalled by Australian captain David Warner, the Sunrisers have been peaking at just about the right time with all their boxes ticked to perfection as they face the Capitals in Sunday’s second qualifier at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth, former Indian captain and opener, had marked Hyderabad as the ‘‘most dangerous’’ side after they had reached the IPL 2020 play-offs. And he was not far from the truth as Warner’s men made light of the target while winning against RCB with two balls to spare.

On Friday, Hyderabad registered their fourth successive win against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and earn the right to meet the Capitals in Sunday’s crunch qualifier. The winner will advance to take on Mumbai in Tuesday’s final.

The Hyderabad side comes into Sunday’s match with a huge dose of confidence after having beaten the Delhi Capitals in their two league stage games. Further, Warner’s side have been on a roll with their four wins on the trot coming against top four teams in IPL 2020 — Mumbai, RCB twice and Delhi — to snatch the third spot in the top-four last week.

IPL champions way back in 2016, Warner’s men will have a second title within striking distance should their game plan click one more time.

After the premature departure of Bhuvneshwar Kumar from their ranks due to injury, the Sunrisers have found an able wicket-taker in Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. The 22-year-old spinner from Nangarhar has not disappointed claiming 19 wickets so far, while lying in eighth on the Purple Cap list.

The Sunrisers skipper, on the other hand, has been a leader from the front with his 17 runs against RCB on Friday night keeping him in second place in the Orange Cap race behind Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul.

Warner, who took his total to 546 runs from 15 matches, will be hoping to capitalise on his race for the Orange Cap in IPL 2020. To his good luck, Warner has always found able support at various times from the likes of Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow and Wriddhiman Saha in the latter stages of the campaign.

One man making a lot of difference in the second half of their campaign is West Indies allrounder Jason Holder. The Barbadian, who turned 29 on Thursday, was at his best for the Sunrisers while picking up three wickets and then scoring an unbeaten 24 runs to see his team into the second qualifier. Coming into the side for the second part of the campaign, Holder now has 13 wickets from the six matches that he has featured in for the Sunrisers so far.

“What we have done in batting is that we have been aggressive upfront. David has obviously led the charge, well supported by Saha. Jonny has done an outstanding job and [Manish] Pandey has kept the momentum going,” Holder said when asked about the Sunrisers’ strategy while facing the Capitals attack on Sunday.

“Then we have the level head of Kane (Williamson). Being good to come and finish games. So we don’t play names, we see the ball and strike the ball,” Holder added.

Saha’s groin injury that ruled him out of Friday’s eliminator, might also keep him out of the second qualifier on Sunday. “We have faith in [Shreevats] Goswami. He has been around for some time and we need to give him the confidence,” Holder said.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start: 6pm UAE
Live broadcast on Bein Sports



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IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad have to shine against Delhi Capitals


Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Capitals on September 29 in Abu Dhabi.
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Dubai: It’s approaching the end of the Indian Premier League group stage and every point counts for most teams. Things will be no different in Dubai on Tuesday as the Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Delhi Capitals, who are all but qualified for the play-offs.

Delhi will be looking at completing some unfinished business and ending the group stage on a high, beginning with Hyderabad.

Delhi succumbed to back-to-back defeats against the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in their last encounters. But, with two more points on offer on Tuesday, the Shreyas Iyer-led side will be looking to shrug off those losses and return to the top of the eight-team standings as prime position means an easier path in the play-offs.

On the other hand, the Sunrisers’ hopes of reaching the playoffs are hanging by a thread. David Warner and his men are in seventh place and just above former three-time champions Chennai Super Kings with eight points from 11 matches.

Their task hereon is rather simple, yet quite tricky as Hyderabad must win all three remaining matches and then wait to see if other results go their way.

But, the Capitals need not worry too much as their batting line-up — particularly opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Iyer — has been delivering time and again. After struggling for some consistency in earlier games, the Capitals have had different players come to the party on various occasions to make one of the stronger teams in IPL 2020.

The Capitals’ bowling, meanwhile, has been consistent and calm. Led by the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada (currently with the Purple Cap with 23 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (14 wickets), Axar Patel has done well to choke the run flow. The support bowlers such as Ravichandran Ashwin and Tushar Deshpande have been on and off, and will definitely be looking for some added consistency to turn the Capitals into a true tournament winner.

Not everything is well with the Sunrisers. The Warner-led side head into the clash after a demoralising loss that saw their strong-looking battling line-up fail to chase down a modest 127 against Kings XI Punjab last week.

The Hyderabad team were doing well in their chase until the departure in quick succession of Warner and Jonny Bairstow. What followed was a lesson in self-destruction as the former champions lost five wickets in the final two overs and suffered a humiliating defeat.

The Sunrisers have a pretty good bowling unit that includes Rashid Khan, among others. But, following the departure of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they have struggled despite the inclusion of West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder.

Perhaps, the lone ray of hope for the Sunrisers could be that they had defeated the Capitals in their previous encounter earlier this season.



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IPL 2020 in UAE: Smith’s Rajasthan Royals go down to Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad – in pictures




IPL 2020 in UAE: Smith's Rajasthan Royals go down to Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad – in pictures



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IPL 2020 in UAE: Delhi Capitals, Mumbaim Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad — top three teams in action on Sunday


Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will both be in action on Sunday, with Surisers playing Rajasthan and Delhi facing Mumbai.
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Dubai: The top three teams, and along with it the ensuing bragging rights, will be on offer as the Sunrisers Hyderabad take on a gasping Rajasthan Royals before the Delhi Capitals square up against Mumbai Indians in the fight for the top spot on the second weekend of double-headers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.

Third-placed Sunrisers take on second-last Rajasthan Royals in the early match in Dubai at 2pm, after which table-toppers Delhi will face four-time defending champions Mumbai in Abu Dhabi.

The top three will be keen to maintain their winning form while heading into the halfway stage of the preliminary rounds of competition this season. Just one of two teams that are yet to win the trophy, Delhi have quietly showed why they are to be taken seriously this time around.

Now under promising skipper Shreyas Iyer with the alert Australian Ricky Ponting as head coach, Delhi have a solid record after six games, with a slight edge over Mumbai, thanks to their five wins.

The Capitals got off with a rather amusing Super Over win over the Kings XI Punjab in their opener in September. But those two points mattered a lot as the confidence rubbed off on a team that have ever since promised to be among the main challengers to Mumbai.

With Iyer leading from the front with adequate support from the top order including the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, the Capitals have excelled in the bowling department through Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Amit Mishra and the yet to be tested Sandeep Lamichhane.

On the other hand, Mumbai started on a dour note while losing narrowly against three-time champions Chennai Super Kings, who have since then, looked patchy in their form and performances. Led by the calculative Rohit Sharma, Mumbai have kept on improving with each match while boasting of the best net run-rate of 1.488.

In the day’s earlier match, Sunrisers should have things easy against an unpredictable Rajasthan, who look good on paper, but are yet to live up to their potential.

Less than two weeks back and at the end of match nine of the IPL, Rajasthan were in second position just behind Delhi on net run-rate. Perhaps, not many had looked at Rajasthan Royals as title contenders, but the team seemed to be doing everything right with batting being their strong point.

In their first game against Chennai, Rajasthan conceded 200 runs, and yet they went through as hard-hitting Sanju Samson had ensured a total of 216 after batting first.

In the second game against Kings XI Punjab, they gave away 223 runs, but yet again Samson was joined by the young Rahul Tewatia to help the Royals to go after the highest run-chase in IPL history. On Friday, Rajasthan suffered their fourth straight defeat — this time a 46-run mauling at the hands of the Capitals.

Perhaps, Sunday’s encounter at a constantly easing pitch at Dubai International Stadium could help their cause with full points against the Sunrisers.



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IPL 2020 in UAE: In pictures – Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab




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IPL 2020 in UAE: Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad eye momentum


Sunrisers Hyderabad are on the rise.
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Dubai: The Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be both looking at persisting with their winning forms heading into yet another high-scoring IPL encounter in Sharjah, on Sunday.

After 14 encounters between the two teams, it’s honours even with the four-time and defending champions holding a slight edge after the way they handled their last match against Kings XI Punjab. Out to 14 matches played, Mumbai Indians have won seven matches while the Sunrisers have claimed the other seven.

But one uncanny highlight is that the Mumbai team won both the matches played last year — the away one by a convincing 40 runs and the home game in the Super Over.

There were several positives that Mumbai Indians took from their rousing 48-run win against Kings XI Punjab last weekend. For one, the four-time defending champion rose to the top of the points table with the entire side coming together as a team — from the batsmen to the pacers and the spinners.

Zaheer Khan, Director of Cricket Operations at MI, could not hide his thrill after the emphatic win. Speaking on the team’s ‘Coach Cam’, Khan touched on the all-round performance and the Hardik-Pollard partnership along with sticking to the bowling plans.

“Very happy with the win. I think it was very important for us. We’ve been playing good cricket. I think you know the preparations have been fantastic and we’ve been motivating our troops in that regard. Everyone has been in tune with the game,” Khan said in his remarks.

“They absorbed the pressure very well. I think that was one of the key highlights, be it bowling or batting. Rohit and Ishan put together a great partnership which was required at that stage. They took their time. The conditions were not easy,” the former Indian pacer added.

MI suffered a couple of early dismissals as both Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav departed early into the innings. That’s when skipper Rohit Sharma and youngster Ishan Kishan rebuilt MI’s innings with a cautious approach.

After skipper Rohit’s dismissal, the duo of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard went all guns blazing putting up an unbeaten partnership of 67 runs from just 23 balls. “Hardik and Pollard, that’s what they’re known for. I think it’s great to have the big man [Pollard] in such a form. Coming from the tournament win in the Caribbean and now he’s continuing with that form which is very important. We’re always banking on Pollard coming to the party and when he comes to the party early, it’s always a great sign for us,” Khan admitted.

The SRH think tank can also wean away a lot of positives despite CSK controlling the first innings before youngsters Priyam Garg (51 not out) and Abhishek Sharma (31) lifted the Hyderabad side to a competitive 164 for five.

With their order not making any significant contributions, it was left up to the former India U19 World Cup skipper Garg getting his maiden IPL half-century to team up with Sharma to raise a 77-run stand for the fifth wicket to make it into an even contest.

CSK needed 28 runs from the final over and skipper David Warner handed the ball to 18-year-old spinner Abdul Samad. That was a gamble which paid off as Samad held his nerves to see his side through for their second win of this competition.

The SRH spinners, especially Rashid Khan did their bit with the Afghani spinner conceding just 12 runs off his four overs as CSK choked to fall seven runs short of the target.



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IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 runs – in pictures




IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 runs – in pictures



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IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi




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IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi – in pictures




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IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad bank on bowlers against Kolkata Knight Riders


Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowler Mohammad Nabi
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowler Mohammad Nabi could get his chance against Kolkata Knight Riders.
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Dubai: Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping to get their bowling on par going into their second match of the Indian Premier League, against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday.

Sunrisers’ loss in their first match of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore was a combination of poor execution and misfortune, to say the least.

To begin with, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who was picked over Mohammad Nabi, could only deliver four balls before walking off injured. Marsh has since been ruled out for the season with the Sunrisers replacing the Australian with West Indies’ skipper Jason Holder.

It now looks more likely that the Sunrisers may prefer giving Afghanistan’s Nabi a chance to bowl alongside countryman Rashid Khan, thus bringing in some added teeth to the bowling department.

Overall, the Hyderabad bowling was impressive in their first match against RCB, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar the stand-out performer. Although the Indian seamer did not pick up any wickets, Bhuvneshwar conceded just 25 runs in his four overs.

Young all-rounder Abhishek Sharma also got to bowl two overs, in which he picked up one wicket conceding 16 runs.

Known to put up a balanced side on the pitch, Hyderabad lacked strength and experience in their middle-order. Needing just 43 runs from last five overs, SRH lost their last seven wickets for 32 runs to lose the game by 10 runs.

One serious area of concern for the Hyderabad team would be a rather fragile middle order. Kane Williamson was expected to shore up the middle, but the Kiwi skipper is yet to recover from his quadriceps injury. He is expected to be ready for Saturday’s match.

Australian David Warner, who took over the SRH captaincy this season, was unfortunate to be run-out at the non-striker’s end in their last match, while both Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey perished off rash shots after getting set in the middle.

Both KKR and Sunrisers are yet to open their accounts in the points table after losing their first games. KKR lost their first match by 49 runs in their match against Mumbai Indians.



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