Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will face each other for the first time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 on Saturday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. The Kings XI Punjab have played well this season after finishing at the bottom of the table for the past two years. It looks that change in captaincy has changed their fortunes as well as they won the two out of three matches.
Delhi Daredevils (DD) have played 2 games this season, winning 1 and losing 1. They will be high on confidence after they thumped the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 97 runs after posting a huge total of 205 runs with the help of a century from youngster Sanju Samson (102 off 82) and a blistering cameo of 38 off 7 balls from Chris Morris. They shrugged off a disappointing loss against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pretty well.
Their batting looks pretty solid with Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant and Chris Morris looking in good form and the inclusion of Corey Anderson increasing the depth. Their bowling also looks very good with Zaheer Khan, Chris Morris and Amit Mishra putting in good spells. And with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Mohammad Shami sitting out, they look like one of the best bowling line-ups ever in the IPL as they look to register the first win in front of their home fans this season.
On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have just had their unbeaten run broken after they suffered a thumping defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last night. But, they looked pretty good in their first two games with Hashim Amla and Glenn Maxwell looking in good form.
But, their bowling has been a major concern with the likes of Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Sandeep Sharma going for a lot of runs. But they will be pretty happy with the all- round performances of Axar Patel as they look to halt the brimming confidence of Delhi Daredevils (DD).
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) leads their head to head 10-8 and both are locked at 4-4 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. So, this brings up a pretty exciting prospect as it will be a very important game for both the teams as they face each other for the 19th time in the IPL.
DD vs KXIP Match Prediction, IPL 2017:
Delhi Daredevils (DD) are favourite to win this match due to the home advantage and their strong bowling attack.