Delhi Daredevils, despite being out of the playoffs race, holds the capability of creating a shake-up in the top half of the points table. Currently sixth in the points tally, the Delhi side can hinder Rising Pune Supergiants’ aim of making it directly to the qualifiers.
Some of the outcome in recent games has made the qualification scenario really exciting. While DD is playing for respect and pride, RPS is currently in a must win situation so as to challenge KKR for the No.2 spot. In fact, DD can play perfect spoilsport for Kings XI Punjab as well who are currently harbouring narrow chances in the top four. Delhi has only two games left (including the upcoming fixture) and if they manage to win both consider some drama to happen in coming days.
Delhi Daredevils has the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Pune’s desperation and snap up another win. This perhaps will be the only interesting fixture for them as their final match of this edition is against RCB which probably holds no importance or any anticipation.
Delhi Daredevils met Rising Pune Supergiants in their second game of this season. The result was overwhelmingly in their favour of Delhi as the team beat Pune in their own backyard by 97 runs. Batting first, they forged 205/4 in 20 overs. Sanju Samson slammed his maiden century, finishing with 102 from just 63 deliveries and led the charge against the home side.
After paying heavily for taking the decision to bowl first, Steve Smith and his men underperformed with the bat also to make things worse. A combined bowling effort led by Pat Cummins (3/20) and leg – spinner Amit Mishra (3/11) helped DD effectively thump the opposition and restrict Pune for a dismal 108 all out.
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Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant, the brightest performers this season for Delhi Daredevils will be expected to do well. It has been two games since their bat did the talking and the duo must be willing to script more swashbuckling knocks. Their success eventually does half of the job for their side.
The bowling department will be under the scanner. In the last four games, Zak and his bowling troops have given away 180 plus runs on every occasion. This has made things more challenging for the side. Such mediocre bowling performances give no room for errors and put unnecessary pressure on the batsmen.
No changes are expected. Carlos Brathwaite, who was brought in the last game, will retain his place and the same XI that competed against the Gujarat Lions would likely feature against Pune as well.
Here is the predicted XI:
Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Zaheer Khan, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra.