Daredevils lock horns with Lions


With four wins and seven losses, Delhi have been hugely inconsistent this season. The 2012 semifinalists had conjured hopes of making it to the knockout stage after pulling off sensational wins over Sunrisers and Gujarat at the Kotla.

But their inexplicable capitulation in their last home game against Mumbai, who bundled them out for a mere 66 while chasing 213 to win, broke a lot of hearts.

Gujarat too have been hurt by their lack of depth in bowling and they are now at the sixth spot with four wins and eight losses. For the two teams now, it would be a battle to avoid the wooden spoon. The last time both this teams faced each other, it was the Daredevils who had the last laugh when they beat Gujarat by seven wickets at home.

It was a special innings by young Rishab Pant, who had blown away the Lions with a 43-ball 97 to script one of the best chases in IPL history.

Sanju Samson, who blasted a 61 off 31 balls, has been their best batsmen with 374 runs but rest of the batsmen have failed to make much of a contribution.

Gujarat, on the other hand, have been dealing with injuries as their most successful bowlers Andrew Tye had to leave at a crucial juncture and now opener Brendon McCullum have also been sidelined due to a hamstring strain. Seamer Basil Thampi has been the stadn-out performer with 10 wickets, while their celebrated all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been largely off-colour.

Skipper Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik have contributed significantly in the batting department.

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