Mohali: After going down to Rising Pune Supergiants in their last match, Delhi Daredevils will aim to bounce back when they take on bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab here today.
KXIP skipper Murali Vijay
The Daredevils’ attempt to make four changes in the side, including leaving out skipper Zaheer Khan, on Thursday did not pay off against an inspired all-round effort from the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Pune side, which clinched the tie by seven wickets.
Despite the loss, Delhi still have the upper hand in today’s match against a struggling KXIP, who are languishing at
the bottom of the table with just two wins from eight outings.
Placed at the third spot with five wins from eight, Daredevils will once again bank on their horses-for-courses strategy, with the top players likely to return to the side for the match. The team has either rested or replaced all its players except the trio of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, ’keeper Sanju Samson and top-order batsman Karun Nair in its eight matches so far.
Delhi would hope that Zaheer gets back into action quickly.
Another man who was missed is batting mainstay Quinton de Kock, who has been scoring consistently.
De Kock was given a much-needed rest so that he could cope with the gruelling schedule.
On the other hand, KXIP have neither shown stomach for a fight nor any kind of proper homework to take on the opposition. Replacing David Miller as skipper of the side, have done little wonders to the fortune of the side in the tournament which they would hope for today.