Delhi Daredevils after winning many a hearts for the kind of consistency that they showed with a unit that doesn’t necessarily include the biggest of the t20 stars now find themselves amidst some trouble to reach the playoffs having lost 2 matches on a trot. Mind you, Delhi Daredevils play their last super 8 match against an in-form Bangalore and hence leaving the hopes of making the playoffs for too late can prove to be heart-breaking. Their match against Rising Pune Supergiants, team at the bottom of the table became even more crucial in terms of the win that was at stake.

Rising Pune Supergiants vs  Delhi Daredevils
Date 17 May 2016
Venue ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium
121/6 (20)   76/1(11)
Rising Pune Supergaints won by 19 runs

Pune won the toss and opted to bowl. MS Dhoni made one change of including Chahar in place of M Ashwin. The Daredevils continuing with the horses for courses scheme of things made 3 changes of including Coulter Nile, Shami and Shreyas Iyer.

The Delhi Daredevils’ season has been one of ups and downs. In some matches the side has looked formidable and almost unbeatable while in some they’ve just looked all out of sorts. This match turned out to be disastrous for Delhi in terms of clicking as a batting unit.

Losing their first wicket for 4 runs and that too of De Kock – someone on whom the Delhi Daredevils rely pegged them back a bit. Iyer’s wicket further put Pune on top as Delhi were 25-2. Delhi’s innings never got past the run rate of 7 to the over which highlights their immense trouble in clearing the boundary, the runs were not coming with ease.

With runs coming hard-by and wickets being lost consistently – 49-3 to 62-4 to 70-5 to 93-6 presents a clear-cut picture of Delhi’s inability of building a partnership. 22 run in the last over courtesy of Morris’ big striking got Delhi Daredevils beyond 120 which otherwise looked a distant target. At least the score gave Delhi some sort of a chance in the match.

A mere score of 122 in 20 overs can never be enough in a t20 and the exception can only be when the opposition has an immensely strong bowling unit and the pitch is incredibly helpful to the bowlers but Delhi Daredevils don’t really have the bowling line-up to defend a modest total of 122.

To make things worse for Delhi, the rain gods troubled them and the match was shortened to 11 overs (2 interruptions).

As per D/L method, Pune required 76 in 11 overs which they managed with relative ease having lost just 1 wicket in the chase. Rahane responded very well to the chase and strategically took his time and played a calm influence in a situation that can often be frustrating with constant rain interruptions. Rahane made 42 in 36 balls.

Pune only lost the wicket of Khawaja in the chase for 19 in 13 balls. Bailey played 18 balls for his 8 – perhaps just getting a hang in at the pitch and spending some much needed time in the middle to get some form running.

Delhi Daredevils now need to win both of their remaining matches to qualify for the playoffs.

RPS vs DD Squads for 17 May 2016 Match 49

Rising Pune Supergiants

MS Dhoni (C) (W), Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, Deepak Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Francois du Plessis, Peter Handscomb, Jaskaran Singh, Mitchell Marsh, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Kevin Pietersen, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Steve Smith, Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey

Delhi Daredevils

Zaheer Khan (C), Mayank Agarwal, Khaleel Ahmed, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock (W), JP Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav

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