About the Match
With 6 points on the board, Delhi Daredevils are at the sixth position on the table and they are set to face Kings XI Punjab, who are at the bottom of the group with only 4 points, on 1st May at Delhi. Having lost the previous game against RCB in a humiliating way, the hosts will try to redeem themselves with a much-needed win here; on the other hand, Kings XI have not been playing their best in recent matches and are hungry for results. It will be interesting to see both sides trying to dominate each other right from the start; the team that can execute the strategy to perfection will emerge victorious on Friday.
It was a dismal performance as the batsmen were bowled out for a meagre 95 runs, the lowest total this season so far, when they played against the Challengers; except Mayank Agarwal and Jadhav, the rest didn’t put any efforts to fight it out under pressure. Left to defend such a disappointing total, the bowlers couldn’t restrict the hard-hitting RCB batsmen, who wrapped up the contest within the 11th over. However, they have had some good days also on the field like the victory against Mumbai Indians on home turf wherein they posted 190 runs batting first. Shreyas Iyer’s brilliant knock of 83 off 56 and JP Duminy’s 78 off 50 scripted the win along with heroic efforts by Imran Tahir, Angelo Mathews and Amit Mishra with the ball. Tahir’s 3-22 demolished the Mumbai middle order while Muthuswami and Mathews clobbered the top order with help from Coulter-Nile and Mishra, who took 2-32. It was a rounded effort by the players in all departments of the game and they will need to come out with confidence against Kings XI too to keep their campaign alive.
Kings XI Punjab
Suffering two defeats in a row, Kings XI have slumped down the group and they need a special innings by some of their batsmen to recover this season; most of the hard-hitters like Miller, Bailey, Sehwag and Shaun Marsh haven’t been able to belt out runs and they need to pull up their socks to keep their hopes alive. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they fell 20 runs short of reach a target of 150 with only Saha and Bailey putting up a decent fight; the bowlers did well to restrict the opponent to a low total with Johnson and Patel picking up 2 wickets each while Sandeep Sharma and Anureet Singh took a wicket apiece. In the previous match against CSK, they had an uphill task to reach target of 192 after the bowlers failed to make a dent on the opponent; but the batsmen were all-out for just 95, another low for the team that had finished as runner-up last season. They do have the talent and experience to do well in this format of the game; if they can come out all guns blazing and inspire each other, this team can surely make amends here.
The Daredevils have been playing good cricket compared to their opponents Kings XI, who have messed up their chances this season. Although both sides have well-balanced sides with experienced batsmen and bowlers, the Daredevils with the home advantage are slightly better placed to win the match on Friday.