Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2014, Mohali May 24, 2014

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Match facts

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Play 03:32
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Big Picture

This is a faceoff between the two attacks that have leaked the most runs in the tournament. Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are the only two teams in IPL 2014 whose bowlers have, on an average, conceded more than eight runs per over. Thankfully for Kings XI, their bowlers have also taken the most number of wickets in the tournament (77) and their batsmen have been prolific. Daredevils, on the other hand, have so far taken the fewest number of wickets for any IPL franchise in a single season (48). This is probably one of the major reasons why Kings XI are top of the table while Daredevils are languishing at the bottom.

Regardless of what happens in this match, those positions will not change with Daredevils already confirmed as wooden-spoon holders and Kings XI certain to finish as table toppers. However, apart from playing for pride, Daredevils will probably want to end the tournament with a win thereby ending their wretched losing streak. They have already lost eight games on the bounce, equalling their longest such streak. Another loss will make this the second worst losing streak in the IPL, with only Pune Warriors having lost more games in a row (11).

Form guide

Kings XI Punjab: WLWWL (completed games, most recent first)
Delhi Daredevils: LLLLL

Where they stand

Kings XI Punjab: First, with 20 points from 13 games
Delhi Daredevils: Last (eighth), with 4 points from 13 games

Previous encounter

After the previous meeting between these two sides, Kings XI became the fist team to confirm their playoff spot in IPL 2014. It was a game in which Kings XI showed the depth of batting talent in the side, as Manan Vohra and Akshar Patel top scored in a chase of 165.

Watch out for...

Shaun Marsh has been a consistent performer for Kings XI over the years and has made nearly 2000 runs in the IPL. This season, he was confined to the bench as the Maxwell-Miller pair became a hit. He was finally given an opportunity in the previous two matches as Kings XI rested Maxwell and Miller once each. He responded with solid scores of 30 and 40, the latter making him the Man of the Match against Rajasthan Royals.

The middle order batting (positions 3 to 7) of these two teams are among the best in IPL 2014. For all the problems that Delhi have had in this tournament, middle-order batting is not one. Three of Delhi's middle order batsmen - JP Duminy, Kedar Jadhav and Manoj Tiwary - have averages in excess of 35, while Dinesh Karthik has three 50+ scores in the tournament. The Kings XI middle-order batsmen have the highest batting average (36.97) and strike rate (151.29) for any team and have by far been the best in the tournament.

Stats and trivia

  • Kings XI's win-loss record against Daredevils in the IPL is 8-5. The last time that Daredevils beat Kings XI was on 19 May 2012 and have lost three games since.

  • Kings XI's fast bowlers have taken the most number of wickets in the tournament (58) while their spinners have taken the fewest (19).

  • The top five run-scorers in games between Kings XI and Daredevils are Virender Sehwag (273), David Warner (245), Mahela Jayawardene (202), Shaun Marsh (201) and Dinesh Karthik (195). Three of these five batsmen - Sehwag, Jayawardene and Karthik - have played for both teams.


"What struck me first in that change room was how positive the vibe was. The team is struggling with the results and it has been very hard on everyone [yet there is so much positivity in there]."
Daredevils legspinner Imran Tahir on coming into a struggling team

"He helps me a lot. My action is a little different, so there isn't much that he tells me about that, but he talks to me about things like mental strength and other such areas."
Kings XI spinner Akshar Patel on the influence that Murali Kartik has had

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here.

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  • Android on May 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    punjab have gratest batsman maxx..........l they can hit maximum six

  • Lian on May 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @A1499 the thing with Marsh is, he is a top order player and really we don't need a top order player in the 11, or else Maxwell/Miller would face less deliveries than would be ideal for the team. Bailey is good finisher (even though I don't like that to be his role in the team), especially against pace bowling, so why change the batting line-up. And Maxwell is a really good player of spin even though he's gotten out to leg spin and might look like a leg spinner's bunny.

  • Amindha on May 25, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    why dont they gv bailey a rest . coz marsh lks in pretty gd nick. also maxwell should come in even if a wkt does go rly, as in the 1st few matches that was wt he did and the scores he made speak fr thmselves. the way he playes pace is much bettr than hs handling of spin. go pnjab

  • yogendra on May 25, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    In today's match KXIP should experiment with four indian specialist bowlers- awana/new youngster from the bench, balaji,dhawan,akshar and for fifth bowler maxwell/bailey/marsh and play four foreign batsman(marsh,maxi,miller and bailey)and for qualifier the team should be vohra,viru,saha,maxi,miller,bailey,johnson, dhawan,patel,kv/shivam,balaji/awana

  • Android on May 25, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson has not bowled upto the mark. If he could fire like he did in ashes and south africa, KXIP would have even better look in point table.

  • Android on May 25, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    punjab has a fantastic batting line up but the bowlers are not satisfying for this great team

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