Virender Sharma (India), Sundaram Ravi (India), Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand, TV)
The Abu Dhabi pitch would be a slow strip. Team winning the toss should bat first and put runs on the board. If the powerplay overs can be maximised, the team batting second would ideally be chasing something around 170.
According to Accuweather, the players will have to play in oven-hot like conditions and there will be no respite in the evening either with the mercury expected to loom around the 30 degree centigrade mark and humidity hovering around the excruciating 76 percent mark. Lack of hydration may mean some spells of cramps and stiffness and therefore the players will have to continuously replenish their body with the fluids.
Delhi Capitals will be coming into this match on the back of two explosive victories with the latest coming against the mighty Chennai Super Kings. The Shreyas Iyer led side has so far pressed all the right buttons and the young team coached by the ruthless former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting will take the field to decimate the already low-on-confidence SRH side. As for the men in orange, they have few points to ponder before going into the match. The perfect team combination is still to be unraveled by David Warner as the SRH middle-order looks utmost fragile.The introduction of Kane Williamson could solve that mystery but then one of the two Afghan players, viz. Mohammad Nabi or Rashid Khan will have to make the way for the Kiwi.
Last 5 Head To Head
The 2016 IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad have been off to a jittery start, losing two on the trot and facing an uphill task at the starting of a new season. Their opponent Delhi Capitals, on the other hand have been off to a rolicking start, winning two out of two and looking hungry for more. The David Warner side will have to find a way to get its mojo back or otherwise a tournament like IPL can be unforgiving for slow-starters, unless, you are a Mumbai Indians outfit.