New Delhi: Bruised and battered after a string of defeats, Delhi Daredevils in finding themselves in an ‘oh-so-familiar’ scenario as they search house convenience in opposition to a Chris Gayle-inspired Kings XI Punjab within the Indian Premier League, right here on Monday.With out an iota of doubt, the Daredevils had been the least spectacular of all groups up to now few seasons of the cash-rich extravaganza, simplest managing to complete on the backside part of the pecking order.
Within the remaining two seasons, the Daredevils ended their marketing campaign at 6th place, had been a spot down in 2015 and completed remaining the 12 months sooner than, in 2014.
The tale has been an identical within the ongoing version as they fight with fours reverses from 5 outings to occupy the remaining position.
They had been performed in by way of the flexible AB de Villiers’ smashing knock remaining night time and up subsequent on the Feroz Shah Kotla, Daredevils shall be up in opposition to the harmful Gayle, who has made a commentary with two fifties and century, scoring the ones runs in his trademark taste.
Because of Gayle’s belligerence, Kings XI Punjab are firmly positioned on the best of the order with 4 victories and a solitary defeat.
Given the shape they’ve proven within the earlier encounters, Kings XI Punjab will fancy their probabilities to proceed the momentum in opposition to an embattled Delhi Daredevils outfit. Royal Challengers Bangalore chasing down a goal of 175 with two overs to spare, is extra of a mirrored image of Deredevils’ deficient group variety slightly than helplessness.
First of all, they misplaced to Kings XI Punjab of their away recreation, had been then subjected to a humiliating defeat by way of Kolkata Knight Riders, emerged 2d easiest in opposition to Rajasthan Royals underneath the Duckworth/Lewis manner and confronted any other opposite on the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Delhi Daredevils’ simplest victory has come in opposition to Mumbai Indians when English opener Jason Roy and the dynamic Rishabh Pant fired. In reality, wicketkeeper Pant has been their easiest batsman this season with 223 runs from 5 video games.
Returning to his house town franchise, skipper Gautam Gambhir would glance to get his scoring contact again, after a vastly a success stint at Kolkata Knight Riders. So is the case with the big-hitting Australian Glenn Maxwell, whilst Shreyas Iyer, who scored a brisk part century in opposition to RCB, would glance to proceed in identical vein.
Delhi’s bowling has been a subject matter with Mohammed Shami off color. Trent Boult had first rate figures in the entire suits however likes of Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami have flattered to misinform. The common sense of taking part in Vijay Shankar continues to be no longer transparent because the group control isn’t ready to ship him up the order for loss of energy in his photographs. Much more baffling is the truth that he has no longer been known as upon to bowl in 4 of the 5 video games.
The duty is indisputably going to be tough when up in opposition to Gayle and Co, with the Jamaican forming a perilous opening aggregate with Okay L Rahul. India discard Yuvraj Singh would hope to get some runs underneath his bat, too, at the same time as KL Rahul is announcing himself as a potent opener in shortest structure with two brisk part centuries.
And the way can as soon as bargain the presence of Aaron Finch, who has the power to spoil any bowling assault on his day. All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, at the side of Mohit Sharma, lend intensity to the line-up, whilst the likes of Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bowling duty.
Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Daniel Christian, Jason Roy, Naman Ojha, Prithvi Shaw, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Avesh Khan, Manjot Kalra.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), AJ Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Gayle.
First Printed: April 23, 2018, 8:23 AM IST