Delhi Daredevils kickstart their campaign against Royal Challengers Bengaluru at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. The visitors failed to make the playoffs in the previous edition but looked a rejuvenated side, firing in all the departments. The squad boasts some exceptional young talent in the form of Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Kagiso Rabada. On paper, Delhi Daredevils look formidable. Let's take a look at the Probable XI for their opener.
Openers: Sam Billings and Rishabh Pant
Two exceptionally talented and explosive batsmen, Sam Billings and Rishabh Pant will look to show their capabilities with the bat. Billings is an adventurous cricketer who can hit boundaries at will. Though he doesn't have much experience in the Indian conditions, Billings will prove to be a handful for the Bengaluru bowling attack.
Rishabh Pant is at his prime form, starring with the bat on a consistent basis and the 19-year old will be looking forward to showing his mettle in this year's tournament.
Top Order: Shreyas Iyer, Corey Anderson, and Karun Nair
Shreyas Iyer has been a revelation for Mumbai and the young right-handed batsman is in red-hot form. He recently scored a double-century against the touring Australians in a practice match and scored at will. He won the Emerging Player award in last year's edition of the Indian Premier League where he scored 439 runs in 14 matches.
Corey Anderson is an explosive all-rounder who can turn the tide of the match. The southpaw is nursing a back injury and played as a specialist batsman for the Kiwis. He has IPL experience, having played for Mumbai Indians and knows the conditions well. Expect him to fire the cylinders.
Karun Nair's form for India has dwindled with the bat following his triple century against England. He will be eager to prove his worth and was a vital cog in last year's lineup when he played a couple of match-winning knocks.
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Middle Order: Sanju Samson and Chris Morris
Yet another pair who can score runs at a quick rate. Sanju Samson will be donning the gloves and will be keen to start afresh after having failed in last year's tournament. He has been in good nick with the bat for Kerala and will be hoping to continue the same.
Chris Morris has been a star with the ball for South Africa. The South African donned the national colors after some impressive performances in the IPL and the all-rounder will be looking to impress yet again with Champions League spot in the reckoning.
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Pacers: Mohammed Shami, Kagiso Rabada, and Zaheer Khan
Mohammed Shami is making a comeback to cricket after an injury sidelined him which left him out of the whole series against Australia. He lost his father amidst the series and is feeling low about the same. But, the Bengal pacer admitted playing in this year's IPL and with India leading their title defense in England, Shami's performances in the IPL is essential to earn his spot back into the side.
Kagiso Rabada has proved to be an exceptional talent with his pace. His snorters have often troubled the batsmen and Rabada has consistently bowled it with excellent pace. He impressed in the limited overs series against India in the twilight of 2015 and this will be his first IPL campaign.
Zaheer Khan will be leading the side and he will be looking to marshal his troops well. Having already led the side, he has abundant experience and can prove to be a menace with the new ball.
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 2, 2017
Spinner: Amit Mishra
He picked a fifer against New Zealand and bowled well against England as well. Having played in the last 9 editions, Mishra has picked 124 wickets in 112 matches and has a five-wicket haul to his name. Mishra will look to give selectors a headache before they pick the squad for the Champions Trophy.