IPL 2018 DD vs KXIP: 5 player battles to look forward to
A closer look at 5 key individual battles that will shape tonight's game at the Kotla.
The Delhi Daredevils seemed to have turned a corner following their win against Mumbai Indians but since then they have lost two on the trot and find themselves at the bottom of the table with 1 win in 5 games. They are sinking and sinking fast and tonight they come up against the tournament’s in-form team Kings XI Punjab. DD are desperate for a win and coming up against the team who are currently 2nd (4 wins in 5 games) is a daunting prospect.
However, they will be playing at home and despite the thumping they received at the hands of KXIP earlier on in the tournament, they must start afresh. KXIP, on the other hand, would like to cement their place at the top half of the table and considering their recent form, they would be confident going into tonight’s game. The match will throw up some interesting battles and here is a look at 5 of the key ones.
#5 Rahul Tewatia v Aaron Finch
For a team that has consistently conceded big totals due to the general profligacy of their bowlers, uncapped leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia has proven to be a calming influence so far. While the rest of the regular bowlers (Shami, Morris, Nadeem) have all gone for more than 10 an over, the leg-spinner has recorded an economy rate of 7.38 and has claimed 6 wickets.
Now, KXIP have been blessed with an opening partnership that bats long but if wickets do fall then they have the power-hitting of Aaron Finch to fall back on and his battle with Tewatia in the middle overs could prove to be a crucial one. The Australian is not particularly comfortable against spin and he is yet to get going in the tournament. However, there is every chance of this contest between Finch and Tewatia having a big influence on the game.