Table-toppers, Delhi Daredevils had a miserable outing when they played defending champions, Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. Taking first strike, DD could not get beyond 114, a target which the Kings reached comfortably in just 15.2 overs.
Looking at their performance in this season’s IPL, the Daredevils’ show against CSK was totally unexpected. Their dismal batting display left one and all baffled. Their bowlers could not be blamed as defending such a small total was always going to be an uphill task.
DD are set to clash with the Kings from Punjab today on their home turf. While Delhi would look to regain their lost form, Punjab, fresh from their victory against the Deccan Chargers, will have to win the match against the Daredevils to keep their play-offs’ hopes alive. This victory has tightened the points table making it tough to assume which teams would make it to the next round.
Stand-in skipper, David Hussey, in the absence of captain Adam Gilchrist, has led from the front. He has been the perfect leader, encouraging his players all the way and contributing to the team’s performance in the best possible manner.
He has been supported well by his team-mates; Mandeep Singh, Azhar Mahmood, Gurkeerat Singh and Shaun Marsh have risen on many occasions. While it can be safely assumed that the Daredevils would qualify for the play-offs no matter what the outcome of this match would be, the Kings would hope to clinch victory and improve their chances to make it to the next round.