Match 36 of VIVO IPL 2016 will feature a contest between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.
KXIP, with two wins from eight matches, sit at floor of the table and need to win almost every one of their remaining matches to stay in the race for the Playoffs. It’s been a largely forgettable journey so far, but in the two matches under newly-appointed captain Murali Vijay, they have won one and ran the opponent close in the other. In their previous outing, KXIP fielded only three overseas players – Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell & David Miller. With Hashim Amla joining the team, it is expected the team will return to fielding four overseas players in their XI.
Delhi Daredevils sit third in the standings with five wins from eight matches. Despite starting the competition with a 9-wicket thrashing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, DD have bounced back in magnificent style. A young side, the Daredevils, under the impressive leadership of Zaheer Khan, have outclassed several formidable sides. What has worked well for the team is that they are not dependant on one or two players, but someone or the other puts their hands up and gives a good account whenever an opportunity presents itself. That only one of their batsmen features in the top 20 run-getters of the season and only two of their bowlers find a place in the top 20 wicket-takers of the season illustrates the point best. In their defeat to Rising Pune Supergiants, DD made four changes to the team that defeated the Gujarat Lions and it remains to be seen if the team returns to putting its best XI on the park.
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As a bowling side, KXIP pick up a wicket at the cost of 29.21 runs per wicket, while when they are batting, they lose a wicket at an average of 20.01 runs per wicket lost. Therein lies the problem for KXIP; for good teams, the batting average will be higher than the bowling average and that’s the area KXIP need to address urgently. Towards that, they will bring in Hashim Amla, who can be expected to lend a bit of steel to the batting line-up. The South African is an accumulator and can drop anchor at one end, while the other stroke makers in the side play freely. Glenn Maxwell and David Miller are the other important personnel in the KXIP ranks; both of them need to ignore the pressure on their shoulders, express themselves and play their natural game.
Where Delhi Daredevils are concerned, the team management will want the youngsters to convert starts into substantial scores. Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Sam Billings have all made runs in flashes in recent times. At this level, and crucially at this stage of the competition, it is important for the batsmen to embark on a run-scoring spree and hit a purple patch. The focus will also be on who captains the team; Zaheer Khan was sorely missed in the previous match – as much for his bowling as for his shrewd leadership, and it remains to be seen if he has recovered from the niggle that forced him out the previous match.
Head to Head
Kings XI Punjab have a slight edge where historical matches against the Delhi Daredevils are concerned; they’ve won 9 of the 17 matches they’ve played against DD.
When these two teams met in Delhi in the first week of the tournament, DD restricted the visitors to a paltry 111-9 and then chased down the runs in the fourteenth over. Amit Mishra was sensational for the Daredevils, picking up four wickets for 11 runs in his three overs spell.
The average first innings total in VIVO IPL 2016 matches at the IS Bindra Stadium is 160.
Of the 10 wickets Mohit Sharma has picked up in VIVO IPL 2016, 8 have been while bowling between overs 17 & 20.
Of the 7 wickets Sandeep Sharma has taken in VIVO IPL 2016, 5 have been those of opening batsmen.
For Kings XI Punjab: Vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali, 9 May 2016
For Delhi Daredevils: Vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad, 12 May 2016