Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils, already out of the play-off race, will now play for prideA�and consolation.
With eight points from 11 games, Delhi had held on a faint hope of qualifying for the play-offs. When Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Mumbai Indians to move into 15 points; it was all over for Zaheer Khan’s men. Gujarat too rueA�their lack of depth in bowling and are now at the sixth spot with four wins and eight losses.
The Lions, much like the DD camp, are already out of the race for the final four. Hence, they will fightA�for pride and give their fans something to cheer about. Talking about the current form, the Lions beat the Kings XI Punjab in their previous game.
Delhi Daredevils will miss two of their key players in this contest; Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris have parted ways with the DD squad to answer their national teama��s commitments. Angelo Mathews will also not be available to the Daredevils; the Sri Lankan captain has joined up with his national team for preparing for Champions Trophy.
Hence, the overseas contingent looks depleted for the Daredevils. The four overseas players likely to play in the game are Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Corey Anderson and Pat Cummins. Among the bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Mohammad Shami will aid support to Cummins in the bowling. The batting unit is predominantly Indian heavy as has been the case for them this season.
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The Lions managed to beat the Kings XI Punjab with only three overseas players on their roster. They had the choice of fielding UAE batsman Chirag Suri but opted not to. Instead, they beefed up their bowling lineup by giving Dhawal Kulkarni another go. Coming into the game against DD, they are likely to field the same playing eleven.
Ishan Kishan and Dwayne Smith have done a good job in the opening slot in the last game. The middle order has seen Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik firing on a consistent basis. Aaron Finch is due for a big score and would like to end the season on a high. The bowling department is an out and out Indian contingent with a lot of options for the skipper Suresh Raina.
Head to Head :
Matches – 3
Gujarat Lions – 1, Delhi Daredevils – 2
Gujarat Lions: Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Aaron Finch; Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan; Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni.
Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer; Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins; Ben Hilfenhaus/Carlos Brathwaite, Zaheer Khan(c); Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami.