IPL 2017 – Match 36 – Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Daredevils – DD Predicted XI
Midway into their campaign this season, and one can easily assert that the Delhi Daredevils haven’t learnt their lessons from the past. In the edition gone by, the team mentored by Rahul Dravid was guilty of constantly chopping and changing the setup in a bid to rotate the players.
That backfired immensely in the closing games of the season, as the Daredevils fell short marginally from qualifying for the playoffs.
This time around as well, things have looked similar as a lot of the decisions emerging out from that Daredevils camp have been flummoxing, to say the least.
Playing Shreyas Iyer, a regular T20 opener in the middle order has been one such flabbergasting move. To add to that, persisting with the underperforming Karun Nair has been another such blunder.
Dehli is now up against another team that is considerably low on confidence after a 26-run defeat. Kings XI Punjab finds themselves at the crossroads as well, thanks to their irregularities in winning games. Whichever team that wins in Mohali, will find itself placed in a much better position for the remaining games this season.
The two sides met this season on the 15th of April in Delhi, in an encounter that turned out to be profusely one-sided in favour of the hosts. Batting first, Delhi amassed a healthy 188 on board, thanks to a fine half century from Sam Billings at the top. A few lusty blows from all-rounder Corey Anderson got them to a reasonably strong total.
Right from the beginning of the run chase, the Kings XI seemed intimidated by the bowling heavy unit of the Daredevils. Chris Morris struck thrice in his spell to derail the run chase and found a lot of support in the spin of Amit Mishra and Shahbaz Nadeem as well.
Ultimately, the Daredevils ended up winning the game by a comfortable margin of 51 runs.
Recent form this season:
KXIP: L, W, L, L, L
DD: L, L, L, L, W
Rishab Pant has often been termed as the player to watch out for in the cricketing circles. The Delhi management surely thinks otherwise, as the gifted wicketkeeper-batsman is being wasted down in the lower middle order. It is profusely obnoxious of the much-reputed management of the side to waste such a talented player by batting him so low. Pant definitely needs to bat in the top 3, if not higher.
The move to rest Sam Billings was another disaster, and if wiser heads are to prevail, the English recruit needs to be back at the earliest. This could mean an exit for Pat Cummins, while pacer Mohammad Shami could return at the expense of an Indian batsman, most probably Ankit Bawne.
DD Predicted XI:
- S. Iyer 2. S. Samson 3. K. Nair 4. R. Pant (wk) 5. S. Billings 6. C. Anderson 7. C. Morris 8. K. Rabada 9. A. Mishra 10. M. Shami 11. Z. Khan (c)
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