IPL 2016: Delhi Dardedevils face Mumbai Indians, eye third win

first_imgDelhi Daredevils will be keen to extend their new-found momentum by winning the third consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) match when they clash against Mumbai Indians here on Saturday. (Full IPL Coverage)Daredevils, helmed by new skipper Zaheer Khan, began with a bump, getting beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders, raising fears of yet another disappointing campaign that has been their story in the short history of the IPL tournament.More than the loss, it was the manner of capitulation, by a heavy margin of nine wickets, that invoked the fears of the worst in the Delhi ranks.But unlike previous editions, the Daredevils have found an answer to overturn their false start, beating Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore subsequently.These two victories were achieved as comfortably as they were beaten by KKR, inspiring confidence within the team.The victories have lifted the Delhi boys to fourth in the standings with four points from three matches, in contrast to their opponents, who also have four points but have played two more.South African opener Quinton de Kock has been their headline-grabber, cracking the tournament’s maiden century (109 off 51 balls) to help them chase down an imposing target of 192 runs against Bangalore.But not much is there to write home about apart from de Kock, as the other batsmen collectively failed against KKR — shot down for only 98.But what would worry Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid most is that besides de Kock and Karun Nair, the team’s batting line-up is relatively untested.advertisementDravid would ideally want his other performers, like South African J.P. Duminy and expensive acquisitions Pawan Negi and Carlos Brathwaite, to come to the party.West Indian Brathwaite became an overnight sensation after blasting England’s Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to help his team win the World Twenty20 final. But he is yet to warm up to his latest task.The management though is willing to show patience on the mercurial West Indian though how long Brathwaite needs to get going remains to be seen.Delhi’s bowling is in better shape relatively with Zaheer using all his experience to guide the line-up in his sunset appearance as a cricketer.Chris Morris and Mohammed Shami make up for a decent pace attack. But their trump card is undoubtedly veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has an impressive IPL record, with young Pawan Negi by his side.Mumbai have been a victim of their inconsistency, incidentally also winning against Punjab and Bangalore.The defending champions, however, served error-ridden performances to go down against Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad.They have struggled to hit any rhythm but showed signs of getting their act together while successfully chasing 171 against Bangalore.Mumbai’s batting has lacked fluency. Their opening act have been poor with only skipper Rohit Sharma showing skill and zeal to fight it out against adversity.Rohit has led from the front, scoring two match-winning half centuries. But head coach Ricky Ponting would like to have his other batsmen offer more to the cause.Kiwi Martin Guptill replaced injured West Indian Lendl Simmons but was dropped against Bangalore after flopping against Hyderabad too.Injuries have also pegged back Mumbai with Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga ruled out of the tournament and Simmons flying back with a niggle. However, Kiwi pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has more than made up for Malinga’s absence with six wickets so far.Teams (From):Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav, Chris Morris, Sam Billings, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, Mahipal Lomor, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed, Akhil Herwadkar, Pratyush Singh.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, R. Vinay Kumar, Corey Anderson, Unmukht Chand, Marchant de Lange, Siddhesh Lad, Kishore Kamath, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Jitesh Sharma, Nathu Singh, Akshay Wakhare, Martin Guptill.last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals firstround selection DJ Humph

first_imgArizona Cardinals first-round selection D.J. Humphries has only been in the fold for just more than a month, but he has already made an impression on Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.Humphries, the No. 24 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30, has been “impressive” thus far in the organized team activities and minicamps, Goodwin told Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Humphries is expected to compete with Bobby Massie for the starting right tackle position this season after signing his four-year, $9.8 million rookie contract on June 1. – / 24 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s come along,” Goodwin said. “It’s a typical deal. You have a rookie, and we’re throwing so much information at him right now that he’s trying to process it all. He’s starting to get it.”Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 315 pound offensive tackle from Florida, will have to deal with a learning curve due to the spread offenses that dominate college football, Goodwin said.“One of the things I look down upon is college football, so many spread offenses, they don’t really teach them football like we did growing up, as far as concepts and that nature,” Goodwin said. “This is the first time they’re hearing concepts, this is the first time they’re talking about defenses. “In college football they’re taught to block to look. We’re a little bit more technical than that.”Humphries is the second major addition to the Cardinals offensive line this offseason, as Arizona signed former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati to a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed in free agency.“That’s a massive man,” Goodwin said of Iupati. “I think twice about yelling at him.”last_img read more