IPL-7: Can Shikhar Dhawan shine at home ground Ferozshah Kotla?
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper and Delhi boy Dhawan will be eager to emulate KKR's Gautam Gambhir to beat Daredevils at home today
Ferozshah Kotla is becoming a venue for the homeboys to return to roost. Now it is the turn of Shikhar Dhawan to make a mark at 'home', against a hapless Delhi Daredevils.
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Shikhar Dhawan. PIC/PTI
The Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper will surely take some inspiration from his other Delhi colleague, Gautam Gambhir, who notched up a victory here on Wednesday to stem the tide of defeats for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Dhawan is better placed though. After all, his side did manage to pull off an improbable win over Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Delhi on the other hand, are as uncomfortable at home as they are anywhere else. In fact, their home record is the worst for any side in this edition of the IPL, as much as it was in the last. The 'home' team has Kevin Pietersen as skipper, and he and his cohorts are struggling.
Delhi are effectively out of the running in the tournament, so they, at best, can be spoilers. If they manage to upset a team or two, that can play some mischief with the points table, while not really giving themselves any real boost.
Hyderabad, on the other hand, would dearly love to add two more points to their tally. And Kotla is perfect for that.
That said, they haven't exactly covered themselves with glory and the win over Rajasthan was really a gift horse. A target of 134 was made a hash of by Shane Watson's side and Dhawan emerged smiling.
Delhi was clueless against KKR. They have largely been clueless, period. Pietersen is stuck with a side that, barring some flashes, is below par, barring JP Duminy.
So these are two points for the taking for Hyderabad, but they aren't exactly absolutely on solid footing either. It is a fight that has more mental edge than mathematical.
> Aaron Finch and Shikhar Dhawan gave Sunrisers Hyderabad a solid foundation by putting 56 in 6.2 overs
> David Warner was dropped on second ball, by the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. He was again let off by Manoj Tiwary when on 31. Taking full advantage of these reprieves, Warner put on 128 runs with Finch and took SRH to 184 - their highest total in IPL
> Daredevils' Quinton de Kock and Murali Vijay added 99 in 11.2 overs. But both openers fell in quick succession, leaving two new batsmen with the challenge of scoring 82 off 46 balls. Kevin Pietersen — playing his first game after recovering from an injury struggled as the asking-rate climbed over two a ball. SRH registered a four-run win