An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils will look to break the home jinx when they take on struggling Mumbai Indians in their sixth match of the IPL cricket tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday inflicted a six-wicket loss on Delhi, handing them their ninth straight home defeat since 2013.
Earlier, the Jean-Paul Duminy-led side had bounced back with two wins after two opening losses to snap their 11-match losing streak. Winning two of their four close encounters in this season, DD looked like a well-balanced side until defending champions KKR exposed their weaknesses.
With a mix of youth and experience, the batting seemed to respond well with the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Duminy and Yuvraj Singh coming good in the initial games.
But Iyer, Yuvraj and Manoj Tiwary squandered away decent starts against a potent KKR attack. Even the bowling, which had looked impactful with Imran Tahir, Amit Mishra and Nathan Coulter-Nile picking wickets, phased out against the strong KKR line-up, led by skipper Gautam Gambhir.
But Duminy is confident about Delhi's next three matches at their home turf, he said "We are very hungry to set the record right especially in our home ground. We haven't played well here, so we have three games to set things straight,"
"I am very positive with what we have produced. We have won 2 out of 5 and standing at fourth position at the moment and to me that's not a bad position to be at this point of the tournament. We still have nine games to go and we would like to win predominantly most of them and give ourselves a chance to get into the playoffs." Duminy said.
"But it's not difficult for me to motivate myself and the team. We have created a good team culture, led by the management, led by Gary. So players are motivated to play for Delhi and win for Delhi, especially on our home ground. We'll definitely see a different change come tomorrow," the South African added.
On the other hand, after four straight opening losses, the MI finally crossed the line against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last outing.
The Rohit Sharma-led side posted a mammoth 209 and won by 18 runs.
Shane Bond, MI bowling coach, is hoping that the team takes the momentum forward. "I thought it was a really good performance considering that we played in parts but to put 210 against a good RCB side was a measure of composure within the team,"
"The belief that we haven't had a good start given what happened last year and given the talent that we have in the squad, if we continue to play aggressively then we can pose problems as the tournament progresses." Bond said.