About the Match
Under the leadership of Suresh Raina, Gujarat Lions has emerged as a prospective title challenger in IPL 9. Raina XI has outperformed every other opponent in terms of consistency and resilience.
Likewise, Delhi Daredevils, after a slight stutter in the first fixture, has produced outstanding performances, winning four out of last five games.
The twist, however, is that the Lions have beaten the Daredevils in Delhi earlier in the season. Both the teams performed supremely, with Gujarat winning the game with one run on the last ball of the innings.
Kings XI Punjab, on the road to redemption, humiliated Gujarat Lions two days ago, winning by 23 runs. Gujarat batting lineup collapsed on 131 runs with none of the top order batsmen standing out against a disciplined Kings XI Punjab bowling.
This defeat does not come as a surprise since Gujarat has been in a fragile form lately. They have now lost two out of last five fixtures, and both the defeats have occurred on their home turf. The Lions, after a delicious start to the tournament, need to address the weaknesses that are being exploited.
Rajkot is a good bowling surface and the highest score on the surface in the four matches played in this season is 164. Clearly, Gujarat has issues on good bowling tracks and maybe needs to play a compact and a technical player in the middle to hold the innings. So far, though, Bravo is the only middle order hope for Gujarat Lions, who hasn’t scored 30+ in any of his last five innings.
Despite narrowly losing to Gujarat Lions by one run in a hard-fought battle, Delhi Daredevils have come back stronger, beating the Knight Riders by 27 runs with ease in the last fixture.
There is little to no doubt that Delhi is the most balanced team in IPL. They have a batting lineup that can be relentless on its day and a capable bowling unit that has outmuscled and troubled almost every batsman in the league.
Subsequently, in the four wins in as many as six games in this season, Delhi has chased twice and defended twice. Zaheer Khan and co have been profound in their strategy, which is evident from the fact that they bowled out, Kings XI Punjab at a small total of 111 while, in another game against the Kohli’s Royal Challengers, chased down a mammoth total of 192.
All factors combined, the analysis is obvious that Delhi emerges as a clear favorite in the upcoming fixture against Gujarat Lions. It is going to be a nail-biting match but Gujarat, due to drop in form and poor home run, should stumble against Delhi Daredevils