On a roll after a poor start, Delhi Daredevils would look to complete a hat trick of victories with yet another impressive performance on home turf when they take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter, in New Delhi on Saturday.
After the loss to Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in their tournament opener, the Daredevils bounced back strongly riding on the batting display to comfortably beat Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next two games.
The Daredevils are presently third in the league standings with four points from three games, while the Mumbai Indians are placed fifth with two wins and three losses from five matches.
Mumbai Indians so far has had a mixed bag having won two games against Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore while losing three matches in a lousy fashion.
The Rohit Sharma-led side suffered defeats against Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions ad Sunrisers Hyderabad.
After a flop show in their opening match, Daredevils batting came to party in the last game against RCB.
In the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Daredevils were shot out for 98 and then went untested in the second game against Kings XI Punjab as the target was a meagre 112.
But in the last game RCB, the 9th season of IPL witnessed its maiden century when South Africa opener Quinton de Kock blazed his way to 108 off just 51 deliveries to guide Rahul Dravid’s men to a seven-wicket win over RCB while chasing an imposing 192-run target.
Besides, De Kock, young Karun Nair also played a pivotal role with an unbeaten 54 off 42 balls and come tomorrow the duo would hope to carry on their good form against the Mumbai Indians.
But what would worry Daredevils mentor Dravid most is that besides De Kock and Nair, the team’s batting line-up is relatively untested.
Delhi’s fortune will also depend on the performances of JP Duminy and big buys like Pawan Negi and Carlos Brathwaite, who are capable enough to win matches for their team.
Brathwaite became the toast of the cricketing world after hitting England’s Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to win the ICC World T20 final for the West Indies, would like to make a big impact in the tournament.
On the bowling front, Daredevils has experience with captain Zaheer Khan leading the pack and showing that there is still plenty left in his armoury. While Chris Morris has been economical upfront, Mohammad Shami leaked a few runs despite picking up two wickets in his comeback IPL game after a long lay-off.