IPL 2017, GL v DD, preview: Playoff window closing fast for both teams, will Zaheer Khan return?

Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions will play each other for the first time this season, and their head-to-head record stands at 1-1

Zaheer Khan has not been around for the Delhi Daredevils and that has hurt them in their last two encounters. Even at this age, Khan is potent and can make the ball talk. But Gujarat Lions will have to do all the chasing when they take on DD tonight as the qualifying window is closing thick and fast for them. The big stars have not found their rhythm and that has cost them big. Suresh Raina would be hoping that the big international stars come to the party and make hay.

Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions will play each other for the first time this season with their head-to-head record standing at 1-1.

Daredevils have already lost Sam Billings, who has left to resume England duty. It is understood that their South African players—Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada—will be available until May 7. DD is set to suffer from their absence, hence they would be looking to make the most out of them—to seal their playoff berth—till they are around. In today’s match, there could be a toss up between Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins. DD would be hoping that one of their Indian stars gets going and scores big: Sanju Samson has shown the capability of doing it.

The match starts at 2000 hrs at Ferozshah Kotla.

Likely squads:

Delhi Daredevils 1 Sanju Samson, 2 Karun Nair (capt), 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Jayant Yadav, 9 Kagiso Rabada/Pat Cummins, 10 Amit Mishra/Shahbaz Nadeem, 11 Mohammed Shami

Gujarat Lions 1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Aaron Finch, 5 Dwayne Smith, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Pradeep Sangwan, 10 Basil Thampi, 11 Ankit Soni