IPL 2018, DD vs KXIP, Delhi Daredevils Will change the fortune at Feroz Shah Kotla
Daredevils haven’t yet played a game at the Feroz Shah Kotla this season.Now languishing at the bottom of the table with just one win in five games, Gautam Gambhir’s side will look at their home run to put an end to their rot and give them a much needed push higher up the table.
It wasn’t as if Daredevils were always destined for such performances. They had, and still do, one of the most balanced sides in the tournament. They had a captain who knew how to succeed. They had match winners and changers aplenty. Youth, experience, X factor – you name it, the Daredevils had it all. The only question that lingered was if it could all come together when it mattered.
As it happened, however, most of it didn’t. Their bowlers have had far too many off days, while the batters have been far from consistent, often leaning on one star performance to bail them out. That sees them looking up at all the other teams with just one win in five games. Their only hope remains their home leg. They haven’t yet played a game at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and will want to ensure they turn the ground into a fortress, and renew their chances in the league.
For Kings XI Punjab, things are far more promising. They are at the other end of the table, tied on points with Chennai Super Kings, and have won four of the five games, including the one against Daredevils earlier in the season.
The inclusion of Chris Gayle has turned out to be a masterstroke, with the left-hander already among the top rungetters this season. Ashwin’s captaincy has been a breath of fresh air, while the performances of the likes of Lokesh Rahul, Mujeeb Zadran and Karun Nair have given their camp plenty to cheer about.
Delhi Daredevils: More than the batting, it’s the bowling department that might see some changes being made. Vijay Shankar has had a lukewarm tournament so far, and could see himself sitting out for one of the many allrounders Daredevils have. Harshal Patel could also sit out, with Mohammed Shami returning to the XI.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Gurkeerat Singh Mann/Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult
Squad:- Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Harshal Patel, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Avesh Khan, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav,
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel’s fitness still remains under a cloud, so KXIP could stick to the same XI that beat KKR in Kolkata.
Probable XI: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Squad:- Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal,Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot,