IPL Preview - Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab

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Who will come out on top?

The Indian Premier League action continues as Delhi Daredevils host Kings XI Punjab in the 15th match of this year’s tournament and we have all your angles you covered.

Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.

DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO

Date: April 15, 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 18:30 GST, 20:00 local time (IST), 14:30 GMT

Venue: Feroz Shah Kolta

WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO

TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports

Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)

LIVE: Sport360.com.

TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs

DD SQUAD: Zaheer Khan (C), Ankit Bawne, Khaleel Ahmed, Corey Anderson, Murugan Ashwin, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Shreyas Iyer, Angelo Mathews, CV Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Navdeep Saini, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Aditya Tare, Jayant Yadav

Delhi were superb in their last outing, Sanju Samson firing a maiden IPL century in an innings that goes somewhat to fulfilling his immense potential.

That win over Rising Pune Supergiant was a major boost for Zaheer Khan’s men as they put to bed their woeful outing in the first game.

It will have provided some great momentum for the Delhi outfit and a platform to build upon so expect them to go unchanged.

PREDICTED DD XI: Tare, Billings, Nair, Samson, Pant, Morris, Anderson, Cummins, Mishra, Nadeem, Zaheer (c)

KXIP SQUAD: Glenn Maxwell (c), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Hashim Amla, Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill, Rinku Singh, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Marcus Stoinis, Darren Sammy, Rahul Tewatia, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Matt Henry, T Natarajan, Varun Aaron, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Ishant Sharma

Kings XI were humbled by a destructive Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday night, their first defeat of the season after two wins from two before that match.

It does give Punjab a chance to freshen up the side and maybe rest a couple of players in a bid to get back to winning ways.

Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill and Matt Henry are the overseas stars still waiting in the wings and this may well be a chance to give them a run out.

Morgan or Guptill in for Marcus Stoinis looks the most likely change.

PREDICTED KXIP XI: Amla, Vohra, Saha, Patel, Maxwell (c), Miller, Morgan, M Sharma, Aaron, Sandeep, Ishant

FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

DD: W L L W L

KXIP: L W W L L

MATCH PREDICTION

Delhi were brilliant last time out, showing just what their side is capable of. Another win for the Daredevils.

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IN PICS: Tye's dream debut sees Gujarat beat Pune

Sport360 staff 14/04/2017

Gujarat Lions managed to notch up their first win of the season as they beat Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Friday.

The star of the show for the Lions, without any doubt, was Australian pacer Andrew Tye who was making his Indian Premier League [IPL] debut.

Earlier in the day, we had seen Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Samuel Badree picking up a hat-trick in the first match of the day and Tye followed suit, registering the 16th hat-trick in the history of the IPL.

Tye, who came into the Gujarat XI in place of England’s Jason Roy, gave the hosts some firepower in their bowling ranks – something that was previously missing for them in this year’s tournament.

The 30-year-old ended the innings with bowling figures of 5-17 as Pune managed 171-8 in their 20 overs, a total that can be considered as being below par having seen the nature of the pitch and the start that they got.

For the visitors, a lot of batsmen got starts but no one was able to kick on and play a match-winning knock. Captain Steve Smith top scored for them with a 28-ball 43.

In reply, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum got the Lions off to the best possible start, putting on 94 runs for the opening wicket within nine overs. Both batsmen would get dismissed just short of their respective half-centuries, but the damage was already done.

Lions skipper Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch made sure that there were no more hiccups as they completed the chase with two overs remaining.

The Gujarat batsmen were particularly harsh on leg-spinner Imran Tahir. The world’s number one limited overs bowler had a rare off-day with the ball, going for 53 runs from his four overs (with the wicket of Dinesh Karthik).

With this win, the Lions are now off the bottom of the table with the Supergiant replacing them there.

BRIEF SCORES

Pune Supergiant 171-8, 0 overs [Smith 43, Tripathi 33, Tye 5-17] lost to Gujarat Lions 172-3, 18 overs [McCullum 49, Smith 47, Thakur 1/14] by seven wickets.

Man of the Match – Andrew Tye

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IN PICS: Pollard and Krunal guide Mumbai to comeback win

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Mumbai Indians [MI] defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] despite losing their first four wickets with just seven runs on the board at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.

Chasing a modest target of 143 to win, the Mumbai-based franchise were undone in spectacular fashion by West Indies spinner Samuel Badree who picked up the first hat-trick of the 2017 season of the Indian Premier League [IPL].

Badree first dismissed Parthiv Patel before the move to send Mitchell McClenaghan up the order failed as the Kiwi fell for a first-ball duck. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, facing the hat-trick ball, did not pick theBadree’s googly and was bowled for golden duck.

Rohit’s form will be an area of concern for MI as he has managed just nine runs from four matches so far in this year’s IPL.

Meanwhile, Badree registered bowling figures of 4-9, but international team-mate Kieron Pollard managed to survive the testing period before leading his side toward victory in stunning fashion.

After being reduced to 33-5, the pair of Pollard and Krunal Pandya patiently built a solid partnership before launching their attack. The duo added 93 runs for the sixth wicket, with Pollard top scoring with 70 from just 47 balls.

In the end, the visitors managed to complete the victory with four wickets and seven deliveries remaining.

Earlier in the day, after being put into bat, the hosts put on 142-5 from their 20 overs with Virat Kohli notching up a half-century in his first match of the season. The RCB captain scored 62 from just 47 deliveries.

The other Bangalore batsmen, however, struggled to get going despite a 63-run opening stand between Kohli and Chris Gayle. The West Indian opener would fall just three runs short of becoming the first man to the 10,000-run mark in T20 cricket.

AB de Villiers had a respite with Jos Buttler dropping him early on in his innings, but he didn’t look at his best during his 21-ball 19 as he fell to Krunal for the third time in as many innings against the left-arm spinner.

McClenaghan was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers, picking up two wickets for 20 runs from his four overs.

The Pandya brothers also bowled superbly, conceding just 30 runs from a total of six overs between them and picked up the important wickets of Gayle and de Villiers.

If there was one stat that would show RCB’s lacklustre batting performance, then it would be the fact that they did not score a single boundary in the last final five overs of their innings.

Unsurprisingly, Pollard was named the Man of the Match for his match-winning innings with the bat.

BRIEF SCORES

Royal Challengers Bangalore 142-5, 20 overs [Kohli 62, McClenaghan 2/20] lost to Mumbai Indians 145-6, 18.5 overs [Pollard 70, Krunal 37*, Badree 4-9] by four wickets.

Man of the Match – Kieron Pollard.

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