IPL 2018: 22nd Match, DD vs KXIP – Delhi Daredevils Predicted XI
The depleted Delhi Daredevils (DD) side will be desperate to turn things in their favour when they face the in-form Kings XI Punjab for their first home against at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on April 23 (Monday).
Meanwhile, Delhi had the worst possible start with only one win from five away games. Skipper Gautam Gambhir and the team management is yet to find the proper team combination going.
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However, they will look out for their senior players to step in during this crucial times. However, Delhi have struggled mainly due to their bowling unit and the senior cricketers like Mohammed Shami need to stand up to the occasion against an inform Punjab side.
The batting-order has done well in bits and pieces and will have come hard against the second position holder in the points table.
However, it is likely that Delhi will make a couple of changes going into the next game.
Here is the predicted XI of DD:
Gautam Gambhir (c):
Skipper Gautam Gambhir is yet to fire in this tournament after changing his base to Delhi. The southpaw will be raring to get some runs under his belt and help his team return to the right track.
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He will have to lead the team from the front and replicate his stint from Kolkata Knight Riders.
Roy made his debut in the last match, however, was not successful with the bat. He needs to come good early and help his team get a good start.
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Meanwhile, he is capable of playing the long handle and can score quick runs.
Rishabh Pant (wk):
The wicket-keeper batsman is coming from a good knock against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
However, he needs to continue scoring runs if Delhi has to make any inroads against an inform Punjab side.
Iyer has come good for Delhi in bits and pieces this season. However, the classical right-hander needs to take the responsibility in the middle-order to change Delhi’s fortune.
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The Daredevils will want him to play an outstanding knock and halt Punjab’s momentum.
The Australian all-rounder needs to come to the party and help Delhi with a match-winning contribution.
Delhi will bank on him who is yet to fire in the T20 league.
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The all-rounder who recently made his debut for India hasn’t had a good tournament so far. He also played all the matches and has failed to contribute to Delhi’s success.
However, he needs to come good if he wants to retain his spot in the team.
The experienced left-arm spinner is yet to fire for Delhi in this edition. Although he has picked three wickets, he has been expensive with the ball.
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However, Nadeem needs to use his experience and contain runs against an inform Punjab batting.
The left-arm seamer from New Zealand has done well for the team so far in this series. He has picked seven wickets from his five outings.
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However, Boult needs to bring his A game against the most destructive batting order in the next game.
India’s premier Test bowler didn’t had the start he would have liked as he went for too many runs.
However, Shami is a big-match player and has the ability to deliver in crucial matches. \
The management will want Shami to pick wickets with the new ball and provide early breakthroughs.
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The veteran all-rounder from England possesses a lot of experience playing in various domestic T20 cricket.
Delhi roped him as Kagiso Rabada’s replacement and will forward to him to change their fortunes.
The leg-spinning all-rounder has done a fair job for his side. He has bagged six wickets from five matches beside scoring 23 runs coming down the order.
Tewatia will have a task in hand to stop the inform Gayle and Rahul with his variations.
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