A resurgent Delhi Daredevils are looking to outplay Gujarat Lions to keep their slim IPL play-off hopes alive at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on Thursday. The home team has just received a shot in the arm after they snapped a five-match losing streak against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Mathematically, Daredevils are in the fray for the final four but they have to win all their remaining matches. Their chances also depend on favourable results from other games.
Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, are all but out of the race as they are struggling at the second last position in the eight-team tournament with just six points from 10 games.
Having finished an impressive third in their inaugural season last year, it turned out to be a disappointing campaign for the Lions in 2017.
Gujarat Lions are a batting heavy side with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Ishan Kishan, Aaron Finch, skipper Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik in the line-up.
But more often than not, it is their inexperienced bowling unit which has cost the side dearly in the ongoing IPL.
The likes of Shardul Thakur, James Faulkner, Basil Thampi and Ravindra Jadeja have failed to live upto the expectations of the side.
The Lions are coming into the match following consecutive losses, which includes the heartbreaking defeat against Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over finish at Rajkot, which more or less demolished their chances.
(With inputs from PTI)