Delhi Daredevils (DD) made a drastic comeback in IPL 10 with a huge victory over the mighty Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 97-run after sustaining a humiliating loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the first match. Now they will face the in-form Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Saturday at home.
After beating RPS, DD are now all set to hone their performance further. They are always a good side but somehow failed to retain their consistency till the last moment at IPL in the last 9 seasons. Now, under the meticulous leadership skills of veteran Zaheer Khan, Delhi are on their voyage to do the impossible. Can they win the title this time? Just wait and watch.
In the last match, Chris Morris smashed 9-ball 38 at a strike rate of 400 plus while Sanju Samson smashed his career’s first ton in IPL. No doubt, it is a perfect time for the men-in-red jersey to keep up the momentum and climb greater heights.
Team News for Delhi Daredevils (DD)
Top three Delhi Daredevils batsmen to watch out for are Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Aditya Tare in the match against KXIP. Also, all-rounder Chris Morris has increased the level of expectations of his fans with his batting down the order. However, Delhi’s main concern will be the opening pair as both Sam Billings and Tare have failed to offer a good start to the team in the both matches.
Once again DD’s bowling will revolve around Zaheer Khan. He bowled well at the last match picking up 3 wickets for 21 runs in his 4-over spell. Also, leg-spinner Amit Mishra will be a vital cog in Delhi’s bowling. His 4-over bowling spell will be a make or break opportunity for DD. Delhi’s doesn’t have big names to flaunt off so Mishra and Zaheer have to bowl well from the very first over.
Team News for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)
Punjab will also try their level best to register a victory to get over from the loss that they swallowed against KKR a day back. KXIP are stunned after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of KKR last night. They were in sublime form, but KKR outmaneuvered Punjab’s game plan by sending Narine at the opener’s slot. Apart from medium pacer Mohit Sharma, KXIP bowlers seemed clueless before Gambhir and Narine.
The match between DD vs KXIP are expected to be a high scoring one with raining boundaries and sixes. Punjab will have big expectations from Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. Also, Punjab fans can expect some good bowling from Varun Aaron too. And finally, don’t forget that KXIP have a strong opening pair in Manan Vohra and dependable Hashim Amla. So anything can happen at Kotla!
Predicted Playing XI (Both Teams)
Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (Wicket Keeper), Pat Cummins, Chris Morris, Aditya Tare, Sam Billings and Kagiso Rabada.
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (Captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket Keeper), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma, Eoin Morgan, Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma.
Head to Head (18 Matches): Delhi Daredevils (DD) won 8, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) won 10.
Result Prediction: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will win.
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. The match will telecast live on Sony ESPN from 8 PM onwards.