About the Match
After such a dismal performance, who’d have thought of Delhi bouncing back in such manner? Also, Kings XI Punjab, who did not even score 150 more than once in this IPL season went on to chase an impossible looking target. Now, the two teams who bounced back miraculously would face each other off in what could be an astonishing game of Cricket. The match would be played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on 23rd April at 8:00pm. A win for Delhi would be enough to keep them alive in the tournament and a win for KXIP would take them higher in the table.
Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab revived their run chase with some intelligent and aggressive batting and with it they revived their chances of making it to the final four. It looked almost impossible when two chips were down in the first two overs, but Mandeep and Miller had different ideas. Their batting had not been in touch thus far, but that would have boosted their confidence. Their opening problem still persists with Adam Gilchrist not firing. However, they bat deep and with Miller and Hussey in the squad, no target is big enough.
As soon as Sir Vivian Richards joined Delhi, their losing streak turned into a blistering win against Mumbai Indians. Their opening pair, which was having lots of troubles before scored 151 runs together and that too at around 10 runs an over. David Warner’s new role at number three is mainly due to the reason of their top heavy batting lineup and to fill the vacancy created by Kevin Peterson. Sehwag seems to be back in form and when he gets going, there’s hardly any bowler in the world that would pose any sort of trouble to him. Their bowling looks good and now the team looks like DD of the old.
Both the teams have bounced back from some poor form and both of them have done that in emphatic fashion. Delhi chased down a target of around 160 in just 17 overs while KXIP chased a mammoth total after losing two in two. Both the teams are well balanced and have strong batting lineup. Delhi is playing at their home ground and that’s some advantage. Furthermore, Delhi has better bowling attack and with players like Warner and Sehwag, scoring quick is never a problem. I’d choose Delhi for this game solely due to the presence of Sehwag, Warner and Jayawardene in their top order.
Delhi Daredevils, 1.61 @ William Hill