Delhi Daredevils have enough stars to leave the Highveld Lions players in a daze. What they lack at the moment is really good batting form that can unnerve the opposition.
When the Lions take on Sehwag’s Daredevils tonight in the first semifinal of the Champions League T20, they will hope to cash in on the lack of form of the visitors’ batsmen. The home conditions, which will help their bowlers, are bound to come in to play.
While the Daredevils finished their league engagements unbeaten and on top of Group A after two wins and a couple of washouts, the Lions ended second in group B with three victories and a loss from their four preliminary matches.
Delhi are the only IPL side left in contention after three others were knocked out in the group stage itself. The Lions, on the other hand, are one of the two South African sides, the other being Titans, to have reached the semifinals.
Delhi’s strength lies in its power-packed batting line-up which boasts of proven match-winners such as Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor. Rising star Unmukt Chand makes it the best top-five here.
But the team looked vulnerable the last time weather permitted it to come out in the middle, against Perth Scorchers.
Match live on Star Cricket from 9 pm