Match Preview: Gujarat Lions v Delhi Daredevils - IPL 2017
May 10, 2017, 08:00pm local time (02:30pm GMT)
An inconsequential match on a venue that is set to host its first IPL match of the season. Neither the Gujarat Lions (GL) nor the Delhi Daredevils (DD) are in contention of making it to the playoffs any more, but there is always pride at stake in professional sport.
The Lions have had an unfortunate season with injuries to key players affecting their balance at crucial stages of the tournament. They have also not done themselves any favour by losing all six matches in which they have batted first. Their bowling has struggled right from the beginning and only looked a little better when Andrew Tye came in for a handful of games. Ever since he got injured, their bowling miseries came back to haunt them with James Faulkner and Ravindra Jadeja struggling to pick up wickets and contain runs. Dwayne Smith finally made a meaningful contribution with the bat and will be looking to make the most of his return to form.
Delhi have had a tournament where they have had more lows than highs and they have operated in the extremes. They have either chased down high totals and bowled out oppositions for low scores or have crashed to lows such as recording the biggest loss margin in terms of runs in the history of the IPL. They will now have to reshuffle their squad with Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada returning to South Africa. It gives a chance for someone like Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Hilfenhaus to showcase their skills and bring in their experience into an otherwise inexperienced line-up.
GL – WLLLW
DD – LWWLLL
Gujarat might go in with an unchanged XI.
GL- 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Dwayne Smith, 3 Suresh Raina (c), 4 Aaron Finch, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Dhawal Kulkarni, 9 Pradeep Sangwan, 10 Basil Thampi, 11 Ankit Soni
Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Hilfenhaus could come in for Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins.
DD – 1 Sanju Samson, 2 Karun Nair, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Corey Anderson,
6 Marlon Samuels, 7 Carlos Brathwaite, 8 Ben Hilfenhaus, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Zaheer Khan (c)
• Suresh Raina holds the record for being on the winning side for the most number of times in the IPL having been a part of 92 wins.
• Raina also holds the record for scoring 400 plus runs in eight of the 10 IPL seasons so far. Rohit Sharma comes next, having achieved this feat six times.
• Six centuries have been scored against the Gujarat Lions even though they have played in only two editions of the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders head the list, having had seven centuries scored against them in 10 seasons.
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