Carnival of IPL have reached to its 9th venue as Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are set for the second stroke at ferozshah kotla in capital city Delhi.
Contrary to franchise resentment on scheduling of 5 consecutive away games before getting the first at home, head coach Ricky ponting being optimistic called it a blessing in disguise as we will be better known of our strength and team combination before we reach home. Sure enough Ricky ponting would have anticipated more than they got thus far but it could not happen and like most of the times they are knocking around at steerage of points table having solitary win out of 5 games.
As a captain gautam gambhir had saw through KKR out of parallel trial in 2014 season when they went on to win the trophy having won only 2 of their first 7 games. Will home ground be the crack of good things for Delhi daredevils is going to be interesting.
On the other hand kings xi Punjab is going from strength to strength and now have gained the topmost placing in points table having crushed Kolkata knight riders in their previous game. They have defeated their opponents in first round already and will look to consolidate their position in points table with another victory.
Players to watch out for :-
Chris Gayle :- just three games in the season and placed at number two in the list of highest run getters this season, remember all enlistee in top 10 have played 5 or more innings except Gayle…
Average of 229 and SR of 170.90, cricket fans have witnessed vintage Chris Gayle in last three Kxip games, DD bowling so far has looked scattered so far, So high omens that another Gayle storm might rock ferozshah kotla.
Rishabh Pant :-
Leaving behind his failure for Indian team rishabh pant has turned many eyeshots with his consistent hitting this season, he has been only bright spot in DD’s rough performance so far and placed at number 3 among top scorers this season with average of 44.60 and SR of 176.98
On his home ground pant will look to continue his form to revive his team’s performance.
Playing eleven :-
Delhi daredevils :-
Jason Roy has looked bland since his heroics against MI, so as Chris morris has been far from delivering the punch, possibilities that both players could be replaced by Colin Munro and Daniel christian or liam plunkett. And seasoned amit mishra can come in for shahbaz nadeem.
Gambhir, Munro/Roy, iyer, pant, maxwell, morris/Christian/plunkett, Shankar, mishra/nadeem, boult, harshal, tewetia.
Kings XI Punjab :-
Though Batting powerhouse are unlikely to tweak the winning combination, Indian pacers have been below par for them but they have not much options, axar patel ‘s availability is bound to his fitness otherwise two out of mohit sharma, ankit rajpoot and barinder sran are sure to make it to the eleven.
Batting unit is likely to remain same.
Gayle, Rahul, mayank, karun, finch, yuvraj, ashwin, muzeeb, Sran, tye, mohit/ankit