Do Delhi Daredevils have a chance to qualify for the playoffs?
Delhi Daredevils was expected to play with great determination and with a confidence, they left behind in the last IPL season. IPL 2016 was a good season for Delhi daredevils as they were able to win most of their home matches under the leadership of Zaheer Khan.They started well in this season too.DD managed to win first few games but thereafter DD players lost their momentum and never seemed to be coming back from that situation.
Delhi Daredevils only able to clinch 3 wins out of 9 matches they have played so far.And 6 games they have lost caused them a downfall in IPL 2017 Points Table. Before the previous game, (Delhi Daredevils VS Sunrisers Hyderabad held on 2nd May 2017)Delhi Daredevils were in a deep sink but hopefully, they were managed to get out of the bad situation and clinched an important win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The way ahead is not going to be easier for Delhi daredevils as they have only 5 matches left now and to qualify for the playoffs they have to score at least 16 points in the IPL points table.That means Delhi Daredevils sitting at a platform where they cannot afford to lose even a single game.The have to play extraordinarily to win all remaining 5 matches.Out of those 5 matches, Delhi has to beat Mumbai Indians as well who is playing outstanding so far. Still, the young team has their hope alive and that’s what Amit Mishra said after upsetting the winning streak of Sunrisers at their home.
“In the past few matches, our batting was not able to click. Today batting wise we did well. Bowling has been our strength throughout the tournament. And to today out batsmen did not make any mistake. I want to give credit to the full team for today’s success,” Amit Mishra said on Tuesday.
Now Delhi Daredevils has to focus on their team performance especially their batting which is letting them down.Only a few batsmen are able to score big runs and others are still waiting for some luck.If Delhi wins all their remaining matches they go to 16 points and they have a chance to qualify.But they also have to rely on two other team performances Sunrisers Hyderabad and Pune Supergiants.Sunrisers Hyderabad should not win more than 1 match and the same with Pune Supergiants, that means Pune should lose 3 out of their 4 games left.
Matches left in the league for Delhi daredevils:
On May 4, Daredevils will face-off Gujarat Lions at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi at 8:00 PM.
On May 6, Daredevils will play Mumbai Indians at 8:00 PM in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
On May 10, Gujarat Lions will take on Delhi Daredevils at Green Park at 8:00 PM.
On May 12, Daredevils will face Rising Pune Supergiant at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi at 8:00 PM.
On May 14, Daredevils will play its last group stage game against Royal Challengers Bangalore at its home ground
Out of 5 games left, Delhi Daredevils has 3 home games where they can take a slight advantage of home support and should try to win by a great margin.NRR can also play a big role later on if two or more teams stuck with the same number of points.