They looked well set to complete their 3rd victory of Vivo IPL 12 but Delhi Capitals suffered one of the most humiliating collapses in IPL history to lose the game against Kings XI Punjab by 14 runs. They lost 7 wickets in 17 deliveries for just 8 runs. Many commentators sarcastically said that Delhi Capitals has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. They were in a strong position to win the match but some amazing overs by Mohammed Shami and a terrific hat-trick by Sam Curran helped Punjab register their greatest come from behind victories ever.
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Delhi is all set to take Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 16th game of the tournament tomorrow. So with more than 24 hours to go for the tournament to start let us have a look at the Predicted Playing XI of Delhi Capitals.
The opener failed to bother the scoreboard in the previous match. However, he has looked in great touch in the tournament and scored a 99 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. He is an impressive player and will look to get his franchise off to a good start.
The southpaw is one of the finest openers in Indian cricket currently. He has looked in good touch in the tournament so far but hasn’t got the desired big shots which he would like. The southpaw will open the innings with Prithvi Shaw and will look to get his franchise off to a good start.
The skipper is one of the most important batsmen for Delhi Capitals in the middle order. He has the ability to play the waiting game to perfection and can also play the big shots to perfection. However, as a captain, he has done a good job for the franchise. They did lose the last game but his captaincy and fielding placements were pretty impressive.
The South African left-handed batsman has looked in good touch in the tournament so far and has become a vital cog for them in the middle order. The southpaw was troubled by Kuldeep Yadav. However, he is an exceptional batsman and will look to make a difference for Delhi tomorrow.
This wicket-keeper batsman needs no introduction. He has already taken the tournament by storm with his knock of 78 of 27 deliveries against the Mumbai Indians. Rishabh is definitely a force to reckon with but on occasions, he fails to find the middle of the bat. He will look to improve his temperament through the tournament and make a strong case for himself in the 2019 World Cup.
He is a good Test level batsman but his skills in the shortest format aren’t proven yet. Hanuma was given his maiden game of the tournament in the previous encounter. Given he has already made his Test debut for India at the Test level, Hanuma might be given a long run in the tournament.
The South African all-rounder was at his best with the ball against the Kings XI Punjab and returned with a couple of scalps in his 4 overs spell. Coming lower in the batting order, Chris Morris also has the ability to smash some lusty blows and turn the complexion of a match within an over.
The all-rounder has done a commendable job for Delhi Capitals in the couple of matches he has played so far. He bagged two crucial wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders and bowled in good areas. Harshal Patel will also look to contribute with the bat if he gets an opportunity.
The lanky speedster should return for a big match for Delhi Capitals. He had sustained an injury and had to miss the last couple of matches. If fit Ishant Sharma should be back in the Playing XI. He bowled pretty well in the first two matches.
He has been the standout bowler for Delhi Capitals in the tournament so far. He bowled a sensational Super over to hand DC a victory against KKR. He also bowled brilliantly against Kings XI Punjab which actually helped them restrict Punjab to a manageable score.
The Nepalese leg-spinner is the only player from his country to play in the IPL. Lamichane is a good option to have for any captain and he made a difference for them in the matches he has played in the tournament so far. Even in the previous game, Lamichhane bowled very well and troubled the Kings XI Punjab batters.