About the Match
Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are up against each other in what is to be a defining match for each side regarding the momentum they will carry forward in the tournament. Both the franchises had to taste heavy defeats in their opening IPL fixtures. The winner of this match will certainly salvage some confidence to lift its game further.
KINGS XI PUNJAB (KXIP):
The Kings have had an ordinary start to their IPL 2016 campaign after surrendering, a little too easily, at the hands of Gujarat Lions in their opening fixture. In fact, KXIP will struggle genuinely this season because it lacks a quality bowling-attack.
After posting a decent 161 runs on the board, KXIP’s inexperience in bowling started to haunt them. Gujarat chased down the total with 14 bowls remaining while hitting only two sixes.
Subsequently, Delhi pitch is a good surface for medium pacers, but this feature will go against the Kings since they lost all six wickets against Gujarat to medium pacers.
The only advantage KXIP bears is its reliance on the power hitting of David Miller and the Kangaroo, Glenn Maxwell. Both the strikers, along with the experienced Murli Vijay, will have to press their accelerators nonstop to grab a win.
It is important to take into consideration that batters of the quality of Miller and Maxwell, in a span of a few minutes, can bring any team down while batting second or set a mounting total in in first innings.
Delhi Daredevils (DD):
Despite being all out on 98 against the Knight Riders in its opening fixture, DD will bounce back in the tournament and this particular fixture comes as an opportunity to silence the critics who have written them off.
The Daredevils share the dressing room with the wall, Rahul Dravid, and Paddy Upton. Both the mentors are well-versed in their crafts and, sooner or later, their experience will secure the padlock for Delhi Daredevils’ vulnerabilities.
Against a weak KXIP bowling attack, Delhi Daredevils has ample chance to come out of their cocoon and set a tone for the matches to come. Although JP Duminy, Yuvraj Singh, and Angelo Matthews’ absence will keep Delhi Daredevils ensnared, their bowling attack will provide the required venom.
Another edge the Daredevils have is that the franchise owners hit a jackpot during auctions with the purchases of the consistent, Quinton de Cock, and the WT20 final hero, Carlos Brathwaite. Carlos, particularly, has delineated, with the four balls-four sixes innings in the final, how lethal he can be in his moment.
With each side lurching in darkness, Delhi has a vivid advantage of playing at home. The net equation reveals that the Daredevils have two advantages over their adversaries; a good bowling unit and playing at home.
Consequently, we feel that odds are slightly favoring the Daredevils and putting money on them will bare good fruit due to the obvious advantages