IPL 2013: Laggards Delhi Daredevils still eye first win
Their confidence severely dented after suffering six consecutive defeats, a struggling Delhi Daredevils have no more room for errors and would desperately need a win against an inconsistent but star-studded Mumbai Indians here tomorrow to keep their outside chances alive in the ongoing Pepsi IPL.
Since the start of IPL 2013, Daredevils’ campaign failed to take off as they suffered one defeat after another.
For the Daredevils, the table-toppers of the league phase last season, the end is approaching fast as they have arrived at a stage from where they have to win all their remaining matches, besides praying for favours from other teams to nurture any hopes of qualifying for the play-offs, which at the moment looks extremely bleak though still not impossible.
The Daredevils, who suffered a morale-shattering 86-run loss to Chennai Super Kings at their home ground in their last match, would be looking for inspiration to turn the tables around.
Chasing Chennai’s challenging 169 for four, the Delhi outfit folded out for a paltry 83 in 17.3 overs in their last outing.
Languishing at the bottom of the table, the Daredevils need nothing less than a miracle to turn things around in their favour and stay afloat in the championship.
The Daredevils have been hit hard by the failure of their batting department. The celebrated names like Virender Sehwag, David Warner and captain Mahela Jayawardene have failed miserably upfront.
Instead of laying ideal launch-pads for setting up the platform for a big score, they have struggled, which had put pressure on their relatively inexperienced middle-order.
Sehwag, who is at the lowest ebb of his career, hasn’t been able to live up to his reputation. He completely looked off-colour in the matches he played so far after having missed the initial part of the competition due to a bout of back spasms.