Bottom ranked Delhi face-off against table toppers Punjab in first home game: Match Preview

Jason Roy v Chris Gayle in top v bottom clash
 

The Delhi Daredevils (DD) have their work cut out as they take on table toppers Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their first game of the season. They will be desperate to turn their fortunes around even though it remains to be seen if their new look squad can actually make use of home conditions!

Match details

April 23, 2018

20:00 hours IST

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

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KXIP have hardly put a step wrong in their past few matches and the explosiveness of their opening batsmen will certainly be a cause of concern for the DD bowlers, who have been their major cause of concern. Jason Roy was the reason behind Delhi’s only win in the tournament but even he has been largely inconsistent ever since.

The key challenge for DD will be to get rid of the KXIP openers, who have turned games in their favor inside the powerplay. Trent Boult’s opening spell against Chris Gayle and KL Rahul might just decide the fate for Delhi. It might make sense for them to bring in Liam Plunkett for Jason Roy, who got injured in the last game.

KXIP on the other hand won’t be losing too much sweat as they seem to have things going well for them. Be it the form of their batsmen or their bowlers, they seem to have all bases covered. Ravichandran Ashwin has led the team admirably and more importantly from the front. Yuvraj Singh is probably the one player who would be looking for a good score should he get an opportunity to bat.

Match Prediction: Delhi will be desperately hoping to get a few wins under their belt as they settle into home territory. Given his current form, it would be hard to not expect another Gayle storm. Then again, there is always the law of averages, which would say that he is due a failure! DD would be hoping that Boult can produce something special, like the catch off Virat Kohli in their previous game, to get rid of the big West Indian! For all your latest cricket betting tips on this match and other IPL matches, you can visit our cricket betting section.

Probable XI’s

Jason Roy’s injury could make the team management think about bringing back Colin Munro at the top of the order. They could also decide to strengthen their bowling by bringing in Liam Plunkett, instead. They could also consider bringing in Jayant Yadav for Shahbaz Nadeem.

Delhi DaredevilsGautam Gambhir(c), Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Liam Plunkett/Colin Munro, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem/Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Harshal Patel

KXIP should go in with an unchanged XI.

Kings XI Punjab - KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), AJ Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Trivia

  • In IPL 2017, Chris Gayle scored 200 runs in nine matches at an average of 22.22 and a strike rate of 122.69. This year, he has scored 216 runs at an average of 216 and a strike rate of 175.60
  • In his last eight T20 innings, Gayle has scored 516 runs at an average of 129 and a strike rate of 188.32 with three hundreds and two fifties to his name.
  • Rishabh Pant has scored 223 runs in this tournament at a strike rate of 176.98

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