Kings XI v Delhi Daredevils: Visitors have the edge in the field

Guptill has replaced Amla
Guptill has replaced Amla
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Ed Hawkins previews the contest from Mohali on Sunday and says Delhi's bowlers should have the edge over the hosts

"Kings are [1.89] for a win here with Delhi [2.04]. Now, it is arguable that Kings should not be odds to beat anybody. They are consistently poor and are only ever worth considering when they are plus [2.00]"

Kings XI v Delhi Daredevils
Sunday 30 April 11.30
TV: Live on Sky Sports

Kings XI
Kings have been easy to read this season. As they have been for most campaigns since they made the inaugural final. They struggle in the field.

We could be kind and say they have failed to put consistent plans in place for batsmen or have struggled for a work ethic. But the blunt truth is that they haven't signed any quality bowlers. All their resources were pumped into batting.

This was in stark evidence against Sunrisers last time out. They went round the park from ball one and conceded 207. In reply they were never quite in the hunt but a total of 187 was gutsy.

Martin Guptill replaced Hashim Amla last time out and should retain his spot. Glenn MAxwell, Manan Vohra and Eopin Morgan are all dangerous.Darren Sammy adds late-order hitting.

Delhi Daredevils
The Daredevils are the opposite to Kings. They can bowl. They can really bowl, in fact, and have the best economy rates and average of any team. But they are shaky with the bat.

At 123 for one in the 14th over and with big hitters to come Delhi looked on for a big one against Kolkata Knight Riders. But they lost their way - as they have so often done - and could muster only 160. That is meat and drink to KKR in a chase even if Delhi are strong performers with the ball.

This could be one of the last outings for South Africa pair Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris before South Africa call. So they need to make it count.

First-innings runs
There has been only one match at Mohali so far this year. And it is fair to say that it looks a good batting wicket. Sunrisers' 207 came there. It hasn't always been a belter to bat on and over the last three seasons 160 has been par.

Match odds
Both sides desperately need a win to keep their play-off hopes alive. Delhi, who are bottom of the table, will almost certainly be done for if they suffer a sixth defeat.

Kings are [1.89] for a win here with Delhi [2.04]. Now, it is arguable that Kings should not be odds to beat anybody. They are consistently poor and are only ever worth considering when they are plus [2.00].

As for Delhi, we would prefer if they batted first and used their nous to put a squeeze on Kings in the chase. Delhi's record when going after a target is not good as a young and inexperienced side have struggled with pressure.

That's how Delhi won the previous meeting. They got a 51-run victory udner their belts with measly bowling after batting without fear. A repeat could be on the cards. If the toss goes their way, trade Delhi into [1.5].

Top Kings runscorer
Axar Patel top scored low down in the previous meeting but we can't justify following him again even at big numbers. Shaun Marsh is always worth following here as one of the finest IPL runscorers. Marsh is [4.3]. Eoin Morgan looks underrated at [5.8].

Top Delhi runscorer
Sam Billings top scored with 55 for Delhi against Kings in that earlier win but he has found himself out of the team lately. The addition of Marlon Samuels makes a return less likely. Sanju Samson is by some distance Delhi's most reliable batter despite Ris Pant grabbing much of the headlines. Samson is [3.5].

Recommended Bet
Trade Delhi to [1.5]

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