Today, the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab face off in an almost must-win match at the Feroshah Kotla, Delhi from 4.00pm as both teams will look to start winning matches before it gets too late for both of them.
Delhi Daredevils lost their last match by 10 wickets where Punjab lost to SunRisers by 20 runs while chasing a modest 150. In both teams, the big match players have not performed yet. In today’s match, Shaun Marsh and George Bailey are doubtful due to an injury.
PREVIOUS YEAR CLASHES
The first time they met last year was on the 19th May at Delhi. It was a good high scoring match. Punjab won the toss and elected to field. They lost the early wicket of Murali Vijay but after that Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik put a 71 runs second wicket partnership. Dinesh Karthik scored 69 while Pietersen scored 49 but the rest of the batting failed.
Delhi Daredevils scored 164 for 7 in 20 overs. While chasing, Punjab started well with Sehwag and Vohra putting up a 67-run first wicket partnership in just 6.2 overs. Then they lost wickets at regular intervals before Akshar Patel scored a vital 42. Kings XI Punjab won the match by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
After 5 days, they met again but this time in Mohali. It was a low scoring match. Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field. Delhi Daredevils lost their first wicket at the score of 13. After that Pietersen and Karthik put a 31 runs second wicket partnership. They lost wickets at regular intervals. Pietersen was the top scorer with 58 runs and the rest of batting failed. Delhi Daredevils was bowled for 115 in 18.1 overs.
While chasing Kings XI Punjab lost early wickets of Sehwag and Maxwell but Manan Vohra and Miller just took the game away from Delhi. Both of them scored 47 each. Kings XI Punjab won the match by 7 wickets with 37 balls.
Key Players –
JP Duminy has been the leading performer in the tournament so far for Delhi Daredevils. He has done a great job with the bat and also with ball. In the previous match, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he failed to give a good start to the team and was bowled out for a paltry 95. Against Kings XI Punjab he must take the charge and bring back Delhi on winning ways.
Imran Tahir has been a great performer for Delhi Daredevils with the ball. He has picked wickets and also stopped the run flow of opponent team. He has 13 wickets to his name. Against Kings XI Punjab he needs to pick wickets at the start of his spell and also ensure they restrict Punjab to reasonable low total.
Glenn Maxwell has been not in good form in this year’s IPL edition so far scoring 62 runs in 5 innings. Punjab has been struggling as Maxwell has not scored runs at all and need him to score runs if he comes back in the team. Against Delhi Daredevils, Maxwell needs to come good and play his aggressive, get Punjab back on the winning ways.
Anureet Singh has bowled exceptionally well for Punjab with his line and length. He has troubled the batsmen with swing and also has bowled good in the death over’s too. Against Delhi Daredevils he needs to take early wickets and create pressure on the Delhi batsmen.
Predicted Starting 11 –
Delhi Daredevils –
M Agarwal, S Iyer, JP Duminy, Y Singh, A Mathews, K Jadhav, N Coulter-Nile, S Nadeem, A Mishra, I Tahir, D Joseph
Kings XI Punjab –
Vijay, Sehwag, Maxwell, Bailey, Miller, Saha, Axar, Dhawan, Johnson, Anureet, Sandeep