About the Match
Hosts Punjab have already booked the number one spot on the points table with 20 points from 13 matches; they would be eager to storm into the next stage with their winning streak when they go up against Delhi Daredevils, who are at the bottom of the table with only 4 points, on 25th May at Mohali. This has no bearing on either of the team’s fortunes from here on and being played at the home team of Kings XI, it’s expected to be a fanfare for the home crowd and we are sure to see a lot of fireworks from the hard-hitters of the game.
Kings XI Punjab
They are comfortable as they are in the next stage as the table toppers and their position is not going to change because of the result of this match, and so is the situation with Daredevils, who will continue to be in the bottom. The top order of Kings XI played to their potential in their last match against the Rajasthan Royals and they made 179 for 4. Defending the total, they cruised strongly, creating regular breaks in the batting line up of the opposition. A very good bowling performance by Patel who claimed 3 wickets and matching support by other bowlers ensured the fall of Rajasthan Royals, in spite of a late recovery effort by Hodge and Faulkner and thus restricted the opponents to 163 for 8; the Kings won the match by 16 runs. This performance will ensure that the team continues on its momentum from the beginning and they would like to repeat it against the Daredevils.
They are playing against a formidable team and if they manage to win the match, they will carry positive thoughts at the end of the tournament and can only hope to come out strongly in the next edition. In the last match against Mumbai Indians they put the opponents to bat first after winning the toss; there was a crash in the Mumbai batting line up after a good show by the top order. Only 33 runs came from 7 batsmen after the 3rd wicket fell at 140, as Delhi could discover the weaknesses of the Mumbai Indians. Unfortunately their own batsmen failed to maintain the run rate and could not reach the target though Duminy and Tiwary made some valiant efforts and took the team to 158 for 4. The Daredevils have potential but they have struggled and not been able to play like a team to win, and the efforts won’t be any different even in this match.
With nothing to lose, Delhi is expected to perform with all its might and try to earn back some respect from its fans. However, being played at home turf, this is going to be a no-contest match for the Kings, who are expected to dominate in all departments of the game and they will do their best to demoralize the already defeated team and win the match.
Kings XI Punjab, 1.53 @ TitanBet