About the Match
Kings XI Punjab with 2 points will go up against Delhi Daredevils who are yet to open their tally, on 15th April at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Kings XI Punjab looks quite strong and should go far in the tournament with their combination of skills and match-winners; Daredevils on the other hand, lost their first 2 matches but will definitely improve to win the upcoming matches. It will be a tough contest on Wednesday that may go down to the wire; the team that can perform under pressure will emerge victorious here.
Kings XI Punjab
KXIP defeated Mumbai Indians by 18 runs in the last match after the batsmen rattled up a combative total of 177 for 5; skipper George Bailey’s brilliant unbeaten 61 from 32 balls and useful contribution from Murali Vijay’s 35, Virender Sehwag’s 36 and David Miller’s 24 helped them keep the scoreboard ticking. Bowlers Mitchell Johnson ended up with an impressive haul of 2 for 23; he was well supported by Axar Patel’s 2-30 while Sandeep Sharma took 1 wicket and Anureet Singh claimed 2-41 to be among the wicket takers. Previously they had lost their first match against Rajasthan Royals by 26 runs in which Murali Vijay scored 37 off 32 but others didn’t play to the best of their abilities. KXIP have arguably the most illustrious batting line-up in the tournament with Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, who are proven match-winners with the ability to change the game on its head. Murali Vijay adds meat to the top-orders while Mitchell Johnson led bowling attack creates a fine balance for the team. Overall, they have the guts and talent to challenge any team and win all the upcoming matches.
Daredevils lost their last match against Royals by 3 wickets after the batsmen posted a challenging 184; opener Mayank Agarwal blasted 37 off 21, Shreyas Iyer hit a 40 off 30 and captain JP Duminy scored 44 off 38. Although leg-spinners Imran Tahir picked up 4-28 and Amit Mishra took 2-32, they couldn’t do enough to stop the opponent from scoring the winning runs. They had also lost their first match against CSK by a close margin of just 1 run; chasing a small total of 150, the Daredevils made several puzzling batting order decisions and despite Albie Morkel’s unbeaten 73 off 55, they hurtled towards a gut-wrenching defeat. However the team has confidence to do well and bounce back against Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming match with some of the all-rounder like Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews, Albie Morkel and JP Duminy being capable of turning the match in their favour. In batting, they mainly depend on Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews and Mayank Agarwal while in the bowling line-up they rely on Imran Tahir, Amit Mishra and Angelo Mathews; they do have the talent and fire-power to overcome any situation if they can combine their strengths well on Wednesday.
Both teams have quality players in their team who can turn the game at any stage; this match will be crucial for the Daredevils if they want to be here for the long haul while Kings XI will put in their best efforts to win this clincher. Although the contest can swing either way, we feel that Delhi Daredevils will finally get their strategy right and win the upcoming match.
Delhi Daredevils, 2.75 @ Bet365