Delhi Daredevils (DD) face the enormous task of presenting a decent challenge when they take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in an IPL encounter, at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Back from a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, Daredevils are currently languishing at the bottom of the league table with just two wins from their eight matches.
On the other hand, the third-placed Sunrisers are a confident unit after beating table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in another tie on Sunday.
Going into Tuesday's encounter, the home side will find it extremely difficult to pick up the pieces after being shot out for their lowest-ever IPL total of 67 runs at Mohali.
Only three Daredevils batsmen managed to reach the double-digit figures on a pitch where Punjab's Martin Guptill blasted a 27-ball 50 in their chase.
Adding to Delhi’s misery is skipper Zaheer Khan’s hamstring injury which forced him to miss out on the last match against Punjab. It is still not known whether he will be able to make a comeback, and their England import Sam Billings is also leaving home to honour his international commitments. South Africans Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada also are set to leave this week.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers have got their house in order with both the Orange Cap and Purple Cap holders in skipper David Warner (top scorer with 459 runs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (top wicket-taker with 20 scalps) respectively, in their ranks.
On Sunday, Warner blasted his third IPL century to power his side to a 48-run win against KKR. Not only the Australian opener, but New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also has been in great touch.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan also seems to have found his mojo back in company of the Aussie southpaw. Their middle order boasts of Yuvraj Singh, who can smash any bowler out of the park on his day.
Their bowling attack led by Bhuvneshwar alongside Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan boasts of veteran Ashish Nehra and youngsters Mohammed Siraj, Siddharth Kaul and Mustafizur Rahman.
(This article has been edited for length.)