Sports Cricket 17 May 2016 IPL 9: Delhi Daredev ...

IPL 9: Delhi Daredevils look to stay in hunt

PTI
Published May 17, 2016, 1:03 am IST
Updated May 17, 2016, 1:03 am IST
With six wins in 11 matches, Delhi are placed at the fifth spot with 12 points and they will look to win the rest three matches.
Delhi Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid (left) and Rising Pune Supergiants skipper M.S. Dhoni during their training session at Vizag on Monday. (Photo: P.N. Murthy)
 Delhi Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid (left) and Rising Pune Supergiants skipper M.S. Dhoni during their training session at Vizag on Monday. (Photo: P.N. Murthy)

Vizag: Outclassed by Mumbai Indians in their last outing, a determined Delhi Daredevils will make another push to stay in the play-offs hunt when they take on bottom-placed Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday.

Delhi have blown hot and cold this season and Zaheer Khan's men will have to curb their inconsistent run as the tournament approaches its business end.

 

With six wins in 11 matches, Delhi are placed at the fifth spot with 12 points and they will look to win the rest three matches, starting with the clash tomorrow, to seal a knockout berth.

Pune, on the other hand, have had a forgetful campaign and they are out of contention but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will look to spoil the broth of other teams and finish the tournament on a high.

In their last match at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here yesterday, the Daredevils were blown away by a whirlwind 37-ball 86 by Mumbai Indians' Krunal Pandya.

Spin-pace duo of Amit Mishra and Chris Morris, who have been the top wicket-takers for Delhi with 13 and 11 wickets so far, will have to ensure they don't allow the Supergiants batsmen to get into the groove.

Delhi captain Zaheer Khan has marshalled his men well, leading from the front with nine wickets and even in their defeat against Mumbai, he had the best economy rate, taking a wicket for 23 in four overs.

He has also been impressive in the death overs and his contribution will be even more important in their crunch match on Wednesday.

In batting, Delhi have some top class players in their ranks like Quinton de Kock, wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson and top-order player Karun Nair. The team management will be expecting them to to come out firing on all cylinders.

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