Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach Tom Moody is of the opinion that Delhi Daredevils (DD) are a dangerous side, but his team will be aiming to continue with their winning momentum. Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on the Delhi Daredevils in the only match on Wednesday, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. While Sunrisers Hyderabad are at the third spot in the ongoing IPL 2017 points table, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi Daredevils are right under them, at the fourth spot in IPL 10 points table with two wins and as many defeats in four matches so far. Delhi Daredevils also have a better Net Run Rate. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2017 Match 21
“Delhi are a dangerous side and they got some genuine match winners. So, it is an important game, points against them will be important. We played well here, we like to continue that form,” Moody said in a pre-match press conference, quoted as saying by PTI. After five matches in IPL 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad have NRR of 0.549, and on the other hand, Delhi Daredevils have a healthy NRR of 1.635. Moody, on his part, is satisfied with the team’s progress. “I am happy the way we are playing. Two away games in Mumbai and Kolkata. Two difficult venues to play. The games were not totally in our favour. But that is history now, it’s no longer relevant. But the group is confident. We are looking forward to every challenge, We know it’s a big one tomorrow,” he said.
Moody said he believes close matches in the early stages of the tournament help teams to prepare well for the journey ahead. “It was a close game. It got closer than what we would have liked. In a way, I draw positives from that. I think it is important to experience a couple of close games early in the tournament. It puts the team and individuals under pressure, some real pressure. That does a lot of confidence for those players that are involved,” he said.
Talking about SRH’s win, Moody said they could have won versus Kings XI Punjab by a bigger margin but they “missed a couple of opportunities that would have closed the game a little bit earlier”. Moody also informed about stiffness in Ashish Nehra’s neck, which was a “little bit of a concern”.
Answering a query on SRH’s dependency on Warner, Moody said, “Every side have really got their talisman. This year, probably more so than than last year, I feel depth of our batting, probably little bit more confident and ready for chance.”