KXIP and DD clash in desperate bid to stay afloat
Struggling teams Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab take on each other in an IPL match here on Sunday as they desperately seek to get back to winning ways to stay in the hunt for a play-offs berth.
With three wins from eight games, Punjab are placed at sixth spot while Delhi are at the bottom of the league table with just two wins from seven games.
For Delhi, it would be a do-or-die match as a loss tomorrow would virtually end their already wafer-thin chances of making it to the play-offs. KXIP are a bit better off but a slip up tomorrow will also put them in a difficult situation to qualify for the last-four stage.
Both Punjab and Delhi come into this match having been comprehensively beaten in their last games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.
The Glenn Maxwell-led Punjab missed the services of in- form Hashim Amla -- who was down with a hamstring injury -- as they fell short by 26 runs while chasing a formidable target of 208.
They will, however, take solace from the fact that Shaun Marsh looked in good touch yesterday and played a solid knock of 84 runs, studded with a range of shots.
Punjab will have to put up an all-round show tomorrow if they are to keep their chances alive in the competition, which they have never won so far. The home fans will be eagerly waiting for a big knock from Maxwell, who got out on a duck against SRH yesterday. While Punjab's batting needs to fire in unison, the side will be hoping that their bowling mainstay Ishant Sharma, who remained wicketless and expensive yesterday, comes good against Delhi on Sunday. Punjab have been an inconsistent side over the years in the IPL and they yet again failed to impress yesterday against SRH with Marsh being the lone player to put up a good fight.
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