Delhi Daredevils will play their first game at home in Match 22 against Kings XI Punjab. The home team has won only one out of the five games played and sits at the bottom of the points table. Punjab, then again, is placed conveniently in the second place with successive victories. Delhi will hope to win back Punjab to recompense for their first loss.
Overall: Matches – 21
Delhi Daredevils – 9
Kings XI Punjab – 12
Punters Heavy On: Kings XI Punjab
Delhi will look for a comforting win against Kings XI Punjab at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi.
Average 1st Inns score: 161
Average 2nd Inns score: 147
Highest total: 231/4 (20 Ov) by DD vs KXIP
Lowest total: 66/10 (13.4 Ov) by DD vs MI
Highest chased: 214/3 (17.3 Ov) by DD vs GL
Lowest defended: 118/4 (11 Ov) by DD vs KXIP
(The above stats only include the IPL matches played at Feroz Shah Kotla)
Feroz Shah Kotla is a favorable pitch for batsmen and a score of 160-170 will look good on the board.
How do the teams stack up?
Things are not going well for Delhi since the start of IPL, though DD’s squad looked so rosy before the start of the tournament. The batting has been a one-man show, mostly relying on Rishabh Pant. Skipper Gambhir and Jason Roy have been inconsistent. The bowling unit should buckle down and get the ball rolling. Vijay Shankar is likely to be replaced by Jayant Yadav/ Gurkeerat Singh Mann while Dan Christian might come in place of Chris Morris. With Mohammad Shami returning to the squad, Harshal Patel is likely to rest.
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir (C), Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Jayant Yadav/ Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris/ Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami
Players to watch out for: Rishabh Pant, Rahul Tewatia
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI squad looks better than the best for they have all boxes ticked to possess the IPL Trophy. The opening partnership of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle is electrifying; Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair are also doing their job right. Skipper R Ashwin has been very good as a captain, bowler and even with the bat. Bowling is also consistent with Mujeeb ur Rahman, Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye in hand. The playing XI of KXIP is likely to be the same.
Probable XI: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Players to watch out for: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mujeeb ur Rahman