As Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab face off on Sunday, the stakes will be high for both the sides. Both were beaten comprehensively on Friday by Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively, and a loss here can mean the race for playoff berth will get harder.
With just two wins from seven games, Delhi are at the bottom of the league table while Punjab have three wins from eight outings to be placed at sixth.
The Glenn Maxwell-led Punjab missed the services of Hashim Amla in the previoius match match– who was down with a hamstring injury — as they fell short by 26 runs while chasing a target of 208.
They will, however, take solace from the fact that Shaun Marsh looked in good touch and played a solid 84-run knock, studded with a range of shots. But the very fact that Punjab bowlers failed to check the flow of runs and in the end a target in access of 200 proved difficult to chase.
Punjab will have to put up an all-round show on Sunday if they are to keep their chances alive in the competition. While Punjab’s batting needs to fire in whole, the side will be hoping that their bowling mainstay Ishant Sharma, who remained wicketless and expensive in the previous game, comes good against Delhi.
Zaheer Khan-led DD, who just have two wins and are at the bottom of the table, will be worried about the top order batting.
On Friday with Sanju Samson (60) and Shreyas Iyer (47) batting well Delhi Daredevils, at one point, looked good to post a target of above 180 but in the end 160 was sub-par and KKR had little trouble in chasing.
In the bowling department, South African Chris Morris has to get support from seasoned pacer and skipper Zaheer Khan, Cory Anderson and Pat Cummins.
Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Marlon Samuels, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem.
Kings XI Punjab: Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (c), Eoin Morgan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Ishant Sharma, T Natarajan.