Another slip up and MI will be out of reckoning

Another slip up and MI will be out of reckoning
Quinton de Kock has given Delhi good starts.

Visakhapatnam - A win today will help Delhi put a foot into the IPL playoffs



By PTI

Published: Sat 14 May 2016, 6:54 PM

Last updated: Sun 15 May 2016, 12:50 AM

Back in the top half of the league table after a convincing win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils would look to build on the winning momentum when they take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in their IPL match on Sunday.
The Daredevils were impressive in the first half of the league but inconsistency struck them in the latter part as they lost back-to-back matches. Their comfortable win over Sunrisers must have brought back the confidence in the Zaheer Khan-led side.
A win at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium today will help the Delhi team put a foot into the play-offs. With 12 points, from 10 matches, the Daredevils are currently in third spot behind Sunrisers (14) and Gujarat Lions (14).
For Mumbai, on the other hand, it will be a do-or-die match as a loss will leave them on the verge of being knocked out of the race for play-offs. They now have 12 points from 12 games and are fifth in the league table. After today, they will have just one match left in the league.
Against Sunrisers, the Daredevils dished out a top-class all-round show, that too without captain Zaheer who missed the game due to a niggle.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra continued his good form in the league with two wickets and pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile chipped in with two scalps as the Sunrisers batsmen were restricted to a small total of 146 for 8.
While chasing the target, the Daredevils batsmen clicked as a unit with in-form South African opener Quinton de Kock top-scoring with a 44. Promising domestic players Sanju Samson and Rishab Pant remained not out at 34 and 39 respectively to take Daredevils home with 11 balls to spare against the table toppers.
Zaheer has led the Daredevils really well, marshalling his resources and leading from the front with some impressive bowling shows. However, it remains to be seen whether Zaheer takes the field today.
Mumbai have been inconsistent this season and they have never built a winning momentum,
They cannot slip up now as a loss will put them in an extremely difficult situation to make it to the play-offs.


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