IPL 9: Daredevils look to inch closer to play-offs

Visakhapatnam: After being thrashed by Mumbai Indians in their previous match, Delhi Daredevils will aim to roar back into the play-offs reckoning when they take on bottom-placed Rising Pune Supergiants here today.

DD skipper Zaheer Khan. Pic/AFP
DD skipper Zaheer Khan. Pic/AFP

Placed at the fifth spot with six wins from 11 matches, Daredevils will hope for some consistency in their remaining three league matches to book a place in the play-offs.

On the other hand, already ousted from the race to the play-offs, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side Pune will aim to finish their debut season on a high after having managed to win just three matches out of 12.

Going into today's encounter at the VCA Stadium, the Zaheer Khan-led side will aim to put behind its huge 80-run loss to Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians and hope the batsmen put up a strong performance.

The batting will once again revolve around Rishabh Pant, Quinton de Kock, 'keeper-batsman Sanju Samson and Karun Nair with all-rounders Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite providing the late order fireworks. Delhi's bowling is led by an impressive Zaheer who has nine wickets so far in the tournament.

Captains’ wishlist
MS Dhoni (Rising Pune Supergiants)
> Team gets back to winning ways
> Batsmen do not flop again
> Usman Khawaja provides a flying start

Zaheer Khan (Delhi Daredevils)
> Opener Quinton de Kock fires
> Chris Morris continues his fine form with the ball
> Spinner Amit Mishra does not leak runs

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