IPL 2017 has a lot more to serve with still few teams giving it a hard fight to go to the playoffs and certain league matches which are looked upon presently as the knockouts, as some teams are already out of the league.
Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions being two such teams. So, it would definitely be just a game of pride for both the sides.
Daredevils have lost three of their overseas players to international assignments. Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris have left to join South Africa’s ODI team in England, while Angelo Mathews is joining Sri Lanka’s preparatory camp for the Champions Trophy.
Though, in the last match, Lions had a victory against the Kings XI Punjab. Only if they could have put up such performances earlier in the tournament, they would still have been in line for a playoff berth.
TRACKING THE STRENGTH:
The Delhi Daredevils trio of Chris Morris, Angelo Mathews and Kagiso Rabada have left the IPL in order to prepare for the Champions Trophy 2017. The three will leave their IPL franchise, which currently sits in the penultimate spot in the points table, and fly to join their respective squads in preparation for the tournament that starts on June 1.
In 11 matches so far, the Daredevils have managed just four wins. Daredevils, therefore, are left with only five overseas players to choose from – Corey Anderson, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus and Marlon Samuels.
Like Billings, Jason Roy will also not return to the IPL after England’s 2-0 ODI series win against Ireland. He will play for Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup instead of rejoining Lions, who also have no chance of making it to the playoffs.
So both the teams would be missing their players but the Gujarat side looks a bit more balanced.
This would be Kanpur’s first match of the season. The venue has only hosted three T20s previously – two IPL games and one India-England T20I – with the chasing team winning on all three occasions. The teams have met three times so far, with Daredevils winning two games and losing the other one.
If Rishabh Pant and Samson get going then Delhi could start off well and easily reach to a good score against Lions, if they bat first. 180+ on boards would be enough for a team to defend on this track.