Delhi Daredevils will aim to top the table to earn spot at playoffs © AFP
Delhi Daredevils will aim to top the table to earn spot at playoffs © AFP

The impressive Delhi Daredevils (DD) are all set to clash against a sagging Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Match 36 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the latter’s new home ground Mohali. DD are comfortably placed at No. 3 in the points table with 5 wins from 8 matches. As for KXIP, they are right at the bottom of the table with 6 defeats. DD might be at an advantage here, but with the entry of Hashim Amla — as replacement for the injured Shaun Marsh — in KXIP, the game could have a new twist. DD tried various experiments in their previous outing against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) with skipper Zaheer Khan and opener Quinton de Kock rested. With the match against KXIP a crucial one for DD, they would want to revert to the usual guard. Here is a probable XI who could take field for DD at Nagpur: Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016, Match 36 at Nagpur

Top-Order: After Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson were unable to give the required start to DD against RPS, the team will probably bring back de Kock in the squad. His last outing against KXIP was the perfect start DD received with his knock of 59 from 42. Pant can receive a nod for another game against KXIP, considering Shreyas Iyer’s form was not at its best in the previous encounter. Sanju Samson has done a decent job at No. 3 giving the right support to the openers.

Middle-Order: Karun Nair has been instrumental in DD’s decent run so far in the tournament. No matter what position he enters, be it No. 3 or 4, he can add those valuable runs to keep the momentum going. Complimenting Nair is the Englishman Sam Billings, who has proven himself a ferocious hitter of the ball. Considering the way Billings has moved ahead in this game, one can witness only the better side of him.

JP Duminy might have been visible in just a few matches, but his performance in the middle has been vital for DD. Amongst all these steady batsmen comes a hard hitter like Carlos Barthwaite, especially in the death overs. He did show glimpses of the same against RPS with his 20 from 8 that comprised of 3 sixes. Pawan Negi is another batsman who can compliment Brathwaite with the big hits. ALSO READ: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2016 Match 36 at Mohali, Preview: Reeling KXIP take on exciting DD

Lower-Order: The bowling department of DD can be appreciated for their excellent showing so far. It was in the previous match against KXIP that Amit Mishra secured his best figures in this season when he took 4 for 11. It was not just Mishra, but skipper Zaheer Khan did his part ending with 1 for 14. Now with Mohammed Shami and Negi, along with the likes of Brathwaite and Duminy, DD look like they have an excellent line-up.

Delhi Daredevils Likely XI (Batting Order): Quinton de Kock (wk), Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, JP Duminy, Carlos Brathwaite, Pawan Negi, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan (c).

(Shruti Hariharan is a Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)