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IPL 10, Match 36: Punjab v Delhi

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Shaun Marsh said that Hashim Amla, who suffered a hamstring injury and sat out of Kings XI Punjab’s 26-run loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad, could return for the home game against Delhi Daredevils in Mohali on Sunday (April 28).

It will be a big boost for a side that has now lost five of their eight matches, the latest being a failed chase of 208 against Hyderabad. Marsh, who made 84, felt it was important to take responsibility as a unit and turn fortunes around.

“We will have to change around pretty quickly. We have Delhi in a couple of days time. We will have to play a little bit better,” Marsh said after the loss against Hyderabad. “It’s really an important stage for us in the tournament. The guys are training really hard and we are enjoying each other’s company. So, hopefully we can get on a bit of a roll starting on Sunday.”

Marsh thought fielding needed improvement. Similarly, Delhi may have arrived in Mohali with a different outlook had either of Sanju Samson or Amit Mishra caught Robin Uthappa when he was on 9. Uthappa went on to make a half-century and put on 108 with Gautam Gambhir as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi at Eden Gardens by seven wickets.

Delhi, who are the bottom of the table with five losses in seven games, also need to find their batting gear in the middle overs. Except for their 97-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant and 51-run win over Punjab, their batting has lacked consistency. It has put undue pressure on their bowling unit, admittedly one of the best in tournament, to create something special.

Last year in Mohali, Delhi were going well in their chase of 182 before Samson’s dismissal in the 14th over gave Punjab a chance to prevail by nine runs. Delhi never recovered from that loss and failed to make it to the play-offs. They now have an opportunity to turn the tide at the same venue.

Head-to-head record

Played: 19. Delhi: 11. Punjab: 8.

Head-to-head record at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

Played: 4. Punjab: 3. Delhi: 1

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