Zaheer Khan-Led DD looks for a winning momentum , while KXIP look to get back to form.
In the second match of today, the Delhi Daredevils will be facing the Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. The Daredevils are currently at the fifth position in the points table having won one match and lost the other. The Kings XI Punjab on the other side have played three matches and won two of them and are ranked second in IPL 2017 current rankings. The Delhi side at their third game this tournament will be looking forward to delivering their best.
Delhi have experienced mixed fortunes in the two games they have played so far this season. After failing to chase down a mere 158 in their first game against RCB, they came back with a vengeance, defeating Pune by 97 runs.
What has so far stood out for Delhi has been their bowling. With Morris proving to be one of the best foreign buys in recent times, the South African is well accompanied by Zaheer Khan, Pat Cummins, Shahbaz Nadeem and Amit Mishra.
At the start of the season, an inexperienced batting line-up was pointed to be DD’s weakness; yet, true to the motto of the IPL – “where talent meets opportunity” – it has been heartening to see a talented youngster like Sanju Samson, Rishab Pant rise to the occasion and deliver on the grand stage.
Daredevils are entering the match after hammering Rising Pune Supergiant by 97 runs
Kings XI Punjab must be disappointed with their performance against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday night. At one stage in the innings they looked good to post a total around 200, but eventually ended up with 170. In the run-chase they were caught unawares and were blown away by the opening batsman Sunil Narine. Prior to the defeat against KKR, KXIP had two convincing wins; they chased down 164 and 149 against RPS and RCB respectively.
In the KXIP line-up, Manan Vohra is playing fearless cricket; the youngster has got starts in each of the three matches but is yet to score more than 34. With Glenn Maxwell and David Miller (KXIP) have a strong middle order.
When & Where :
15 April 2017, 20:00 Hrs IST at FerozeshahKotla, Delhi
Current Status in IPL 2017
DD: Matches – 2, Won – 1 ,Lost – 1
KXIP: Matches – 3, Won –2, Lost – 1
DD could make a change or two to the XI that did duty in the last match; apart from ShreyasIyer – who has recovered from the illness that made him unavailable for the first two weeks, Jayant Yadav and Mohammed Shami too stand a chance of getting their first match of the season.
Predicted XI: Aditya Tare/ Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan (capt)
Kings XI Punjab
Visting team KXIP have a perfect balnced side , so they might not change their Playing XI
Predicted XI: Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma
Head to Head
Overall: Matches– 18, DD Won – 8, KXIP Won – 10
Delhi Daredevils have an unimpressive record at home; they have 19 wins and 29 defeats in IPL matches at the FerozeshahKotla.
Our Prediction for the game:
Toss will become very crucial. The trends in IPL 2017 indicate that the team chasing has the advantage, Feroz Shah Kotla is known to favour spinners. It will be better to set a target than chasing as playing under lights under turning ball would be difficult. It will be more of a battle between spinners from both teams.
Our Prediction goes with DD 63% – KXIP 37%
KKR showed how KXIP can be beaten, if the opposition teams control the run flow of their top-order batsmen. DD, having put up a terrific bowling performance in their previous match, will look to do the same.