The teams: Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab. Both franchises have been around since the IPL in 2008 and both had opening matches they would like to put behind them very quickly. DD has received a lot of criticism of their team selection, particularly for leaving out JP Duminy and Imran Tahir in favour of Chris Morris and Nathan Coulter-Nile. They may choose to rely on Zaheer and Shami for pace, and bring in Tahir for added spin power. KXIP’s team selection looked alright, but they will need their powerhouses Glenn Maxwell and skipper Miller to fire.
The Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. The Daredevils have not really been able to establish Kotla as a fortress; this ground historically favours the chasing team. The side batting first will look to post at least 150 on this ground.
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