Delhi Daredevils welcome Rising Pune Supergiant in a not-so-crucial encounter. The match is crucial for another team, in fact. The fate of Kings XI Punjab actually hinges on the outcome of this match. The Punjab side and its supporters would want Delhi Daredevils to win this match. If Delhi win this match, then all Kings XI need to do to qualify to the playoffs is to beat Pune Supergiant when they meet on Sunday. Supergiant will not want to create such a do-or-die situation. Further a win is a must for them if they are to finish in the top-two of the points table. Daredevils have no such tension of calculation. They can play fearlessly. For match prediction, Delhi can be dangerous side when their batting clicks.
Delhi Daredevils – Preview
Daredevils will be without Angelo Mathews, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada. But Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson and Pat Cummins are still available. However, the real strength of the Delhi team is the big-hitting prowess of their young batters. Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson have already won matches on their own with the bat. Delhi would need a similar effort from these players once again. Otherwise, their chances of winning against a strong Supergiant team are very bleak. The Cricket betting odds of their win are attractive, and they do have a realistic chance of winning too.
Rising Pune Supergiant – Preview
Supergiant have been the most improved team in the second half of the Indian Premier League. You can call them the best team of the IPL at the moment. They will not have the service of Imran Tahir any more in this tournament. Adam Zampa can replace him, but the Australian may not have the same kind of impact. The good thing about Pune Supergiant is that they have found players who stood up each time the team was in trouble. One would expect exceptional performance from the proven performers like Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni, Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane. However, the performances of Jaydev Unadkat, Washington Sundar and Rahul Tripathi have been a real bonus for the team.
Our Prediction: Supergiants badly need to win this match. But Daredevils are no pushovers. It is going to be a tight match. Team batting second will have an advantage. If we have to pick a team, it has to be Delhi Daredevils (check match odds).