First time in this season, Indian premier league is heading towards Kanpur. Gujarat Lions have two games left while Delhi Daredevils have three more games but both the teams are already out from the tournament and will play for pride. The last time table toppers Gujarat Lions have been searching for consistency this season and injuries have rattled them from time to time. Delhi Daredevils on the other hand is the most inconsistent team of the season. They were once subdued by Punjab for just 67 runs while were able to chase down 183 against RCB and 209 against Gujarat Lions before again getting bundled out for 66 runs against Mumbai Indians. Gujarat Lions will have the home support and green park will be more favorable for them.
Last time they played: batting first Gujarat Lions posted a total of 208 runs and Delhi Daredevils recorded their highest chase to win the match by seven wickets. Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant made sure that Delhi Daredevils get over the line and chased down 209 runs.
Head to head battle: both teams have played three times against each other and Delhi Daredevils have won two of the three games. Gujarat Lions have only won once against Delhi Daredevils that too with a difference of one run.
Gujarat Lions: WLLLW
Delhi Daredevils: LWWLL
Gujarat Lions: Gujarat Lions have left with only four foreign players to choose from but the combination of 3 foreign players won them the game and they will stick to the same side most probably with Chirag Suri still warming the bench.
Probable XI: Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Basil Thampi, Pradeep Sangwan, Ankit Soni.
Delhi Daredevils: Morris and Rabada have left for South Africa for national duties, while Angelo Matthews have left to attend training camp. Sam Billings who left for Ireland ODIs have not decided yet to return, however there is only other option of Carlos Braithwaite and Ben hilfenhaus at bench.
Probable XI: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Corey Anderson, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Braithwaite/Ben hilfenhaus, Pat Cummins, Zaheer Khan, Amit Mishra, Mohd Shami.
Players in the Spotlight:
Dwayne Smith: he is off the radar for whole of the season but his innings was crucial in winning the match against Kings XI Punjab. Gujarat Lions would be hopeful for him scoring runs at the top of the order.
Sanju Samson: the only consistent player in Delhi Daredevils line up other than their inconsistent performance is Sanju Samson. His ability to score runs on both side of the ground makes him a great batting unit. He would love to score more runs in absence of their top foreign buys.
What: Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils, 10th May 20:00 IST
Where: Green park, Kanpur
What to expect: warm days at Kanpur is expected with temperature lowering after sunset. The pitch would be more helpful to bowlers and average score would be around 140 runs. Dew is expected to play a major role in the game.
Toss Prediction: in all t20s played in this venue, team batting second have won. So team winning the toss will decide to bowl first.
Match Prediction: we cannot tell Gujarat Lions is the firm favorite at their new home ground but the pitch is going to suits the Gujarat Lions team and unless a better performance from Delhi Daredevils, they are going to win the match.
* A total session of around 140-145 runs is expected for the first innings.
* Match odds for the game are 78-79 Gujarat Lions.