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IPL 10, Match 42: Delhi vs Gujarat

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Both Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions have recorded three wins each so far in the Indian Premier League 2017, but Delhi have played one game less. The two teams desperately need as many results to go in their favour as possible to remain in contention for the playoffs. That is good enough a reason for them to give their best when they face off at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday (May 4).

Delhi have one of the best bowling units in the competition, but regular batting failures have put them in a spot. Similarly, Gujarat have been hampered by injuries. First Dwayne Bravo was ruled out, and then just when they were starting to get their combination right, Andrew Tye, among the season’s highest wicket-takers, injured his left shoulder while fielding against Mumbai Indians.

Had Tye been available to bowl, Gujarat would have had more options to choose from in that game against Mumbai. Despite the paceman bowling just one over. they fought back well to tie the game, but the Super Over loss must have drained them mentally, as must have Ben Stokes’s century in the next game after Rising Pune Supergiant were 10 for 3.Gujarat will know that they need to put the past behind them and come up with a dominant show in the national capital to revive their campaign. Similarly, Delhi, after five losses in a row, must have drawn confidence from the manner in which they successfully chased down 186 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Karun Nair said it was important for a young and fearless unit to play just like that. It’s a message that holds true for Gujarat as well. Basil Thampi and Ankit Soni are two young bowlers who have held their own, and they would be eager to make an impression again. Gujarat will also draw inspiration from last season’s game between the two sides in New Delhi, which they won by one run despite Chris Morris’s unbeaten 32-ball 82.

Head-to-head record:

Matches played: 2; Delhi: 1; Gujarat: 1

Head-to-heads at Feroz Shah Kotla:

Matches played: 1; Delhi: 0; Gujarat: 1

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