Match 42 IPL 2017 (2017-05-4) @ Delhi (FSK)
These two teams have not meet yet this season despite it being well over half way through. They will play again in Kanpur 6 days after this fixture.
Last season it was one win a piece when the two sides met. Both teams won their away fixture. Here in Delhi The Lions set a total of 172 thanks largely to half centuries at the top of the order by Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum. In reply Delhi suffered an early collapse before Chris Morris blitzed 82 runs from 32 balls to get them within 1 run.
Delhi started the season with 2 wins from their first 3 matches. Their strategy was to put a big score on the board batting first and then use their strong balling attack to defend it. They then suffered a 5 match losing streak that culminated in being bowled out for 67 by Punjab on Sunday.
Delhi's batsmen finally got their act together on Tuesday against the Sunrisers. Having been set 185 runs to win their batsmen chased it down with 5 balls to spare. There was quick runs and sensible partnerships from the top 4 Indian batsmen. Then Corey Anderson and Chris Morris finished the job off. Anderson's 41 from 24 balls was his first significant contribution of this year's IPL.
The Gujarat Lion's season has been disappointing after they finished top of the league last season. They started struggling for the right combination of overseas players and injuries to Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo. Bravo never recovered and Jadeja has not been bowling at his best. They played 4 overseas batsmen early on and suffered from weak bowling. The introduction of Andrew Tye into the team gave immediate improvements but he too is now out due to injury.
Despite all this they got very close to beating Pune on Monday. They scored 161 thanks to decent opening stand from Ishan Kishan and Brendon McCullum. Then they dismissed the Pune top 4 all for single figures thanks to good fast bowling from Sangwan and Thampi. Sangwan was impressive playing his first match. They ultimately lost the match because of a brilliant century by Ben Stokes.
The two teams have almost identical Cricsq ratings. Delhi have 78.6 points and The Lions have 78.4 points. The Lions are just favorites on Betfair at the time of writing. Their price is 1.93 compared to 2.06 for Delhi.
70% of IPL matches at Delhi since 2014 have been won by the team batting second. The Lions have won 73% of matches batting second and just 9% batting first. Delhi also have a better record since 2014 batting second and showed on Tuesday that the current team can successfully chase here. Given that I cannot split the team on ratings I shall wait until the toss and back the chasing team.
Sanju Samson and Karun Nair opened the batting for Delhi on Tuesday. Sam Billings had been recalled against KXIP but was dropped again after a second ball duck.
Samson and Nair got the run chase off to a great start in the powerplay. Samson scored 24 off 19 balls. He is Delhi's top scorer for the season and now has 313 runs at a strike rate of 137. Nair played his first significant knock of this IPL scoring 39 from 20 balls. He now has 128 runs for the season.
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer batted at 3 and 4. They both contributed quick fire 30s to maintain the momentum of the innings. Pant now has 186 runs with a strike rate of 157. Iyer has 190 runs with a strike rate of 138.
Corey Anderson made his first significant contribution of the season scoring 41 not out off 24 balls. He hit 3 sixes and 2 fours. He now has 102 runs from 6 innings. Chris Morris came in at the end and hit 15 from 7 balls. He has 154 runs with a brilliant strike rate of 164.
Angelo Mathews was selected as an overseas player instead of Sam Billings. He neither batted nor bowled. With both Billings and Tare scoring so few runs Delhi went with the all-rounder option rather than playing Pat Cummings as an extra bowler.
Chris Morris is Delhi's top wicket taker with 12. He has an economy rate of 7.8. He is joined in the seam bowling department by Pat Cummings, Kagiso Rabada, Zaheer Khan and Mohammed Shami.
Cummings has bowled well taking 9 wickets from 7 matches with an economy rate of 7.4. He is unlucky not to be selected for the last 2 matches. Rabada has been preferred. He went for 59 off his 4 overs against the Sunrisers on Tuesday. Rabada has 3 wickets from 4 matches with an economy rate of 9.6 an over.
Khan is currently injured. He has 7 wickets from 7 matches with an economy rate of 8.2. Mohammed Shami has been expensive going at 9.2 an over. He has 2 wickets so far.
Amit Mishra is Delhi's top spinner with 9 wickets with an economy rate of 8 runs an over. Jayant Yadav has played 2 matches. He has no wickets but has been economical going at 7 an over. Shahbaz Nadeem has only gone at 5 an over and has 4 wickets from 4 matches.
The Lions started the season playing 4 overseas opening batsmen and no overseas bowlers. Jason Roy has now returned to England after only getting 3 chances to bat and scoring 59 runs.
The current opening pair is Brendon McCullum and Ishan Kishan. McCullum has 318 runs for the season with a strike rate of 149. Kishan has 149 runs from 6 innings with a strike rate of 134. He has looked a much better player since he has been promoted up the order.
Suresh Raina bats at 3. He is joint top Lion's run scorer on 318 runs. He has a strike rate of 139. His form has dropped off slightly since he scored a match winning 84 in The Lion's win over KKR on 21st April.
Aaron Finch has opened the batting but currently bats at 4. He has 199 runs with a strike rate of 170.
The middle order now consists of Karthik, Jadeja and Dwayne Smith. Smith returned to the side after the injury to Andrew Tye. He has only scored 94 runs from 8 innings. Karthik has 221 runs with a strike rate of 127. Jadeja has 100 runs from 6 innings.
The Lion's lead wicket taker is Andrew Tye with 12. He is now out for the season.
The seam attack is now lead by Basil Thampi. He has 8 wickets from 9 matches with an economy rate of 8.9 an over. Sangwan played his first match of the season against Pune. He picked up 2 wickets. Nathi Singh has only played 2 matches but has an amazing economy rate of 3.75 an over.
James Faulkner is now firmly in the side as an overseas player. He has 4 wickets from 4 matches with an economy rate of 8.7 an over. Dwayne Smith returned after the injury to Tye. He is more of a batsman than a bowler. He has 2 wickets form 7 matches with a terrible economy rate of 11 an over.
Ravindra Jadeja has been disappointing leading the spin attack. The top rated Test bowler has only 4 wickets from 8 matches and has an economy rate of 9.3 an over. The other spinner currently in the side is Ankit Soni. He 2 wickets from 3 matches and has an excellent economy rate of 5.4 an over.
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