Delhi made four changes with Murali Vijay, Wayne Parnell, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat coming in place of Ross Taylor, Rahul Shukla, Siddarth Kaul and Shahbaz Nadeem. Punjab made only one change with Beuran Hendricks coming in for Mitchell Johnson.

Just managing two wins in 11 matches this season, the Kevin Pietersen-led Delhi have lost six of their previous games without putting up much of a fight.
     
Pietersen, who was bought by Delhi for a whopping Rs 9 crore in the February auctions, has failed to inject any spirit in the GMR-owned outfit.
     
If inconsistent batting has let them down then the bowling department led by pacer Mohammad Shami has not helped either.
     
Barring Jean-Paul Duminy, who features in the top-ten scorers list this IPL season, no Delhi batsman has managed to make a mark.
     
The top-order comprising Quinton De Kock, Pietersen, Mayank Agarwal and Dinesh Karthik has tried to lift Delhi at times but with little success.
     
Their head coach Gary Kirsten and bowling consultant Eric Simmons have also failed to provide any answers to the team's lacklustre showing.
     
The think-tank though would be looking to forget the past and focus on their final three games of the tournament.
     
With their backs to the wall, last-placed Delhi have nothing to lose, a position which sometimes works for a team lagging behind.
     
Punjab, on the other hand, are enjoying a dream run in this edition with orange-cap holder Glenn Maxwell providing perfect entertainment to the Kings XI fans.
     
The solid Punjab batting order has successfully chased down 200+ scores twice in this edition so far and has looked the most promising outfit along with Chennai Super Kings.

Teams:

Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (c), Murali Vijay, Mayank Agarwal, Dinesh Karthik (wk), JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat.
     
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Patel, Beuran Hendricks, Shivam Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma.

(Agencies)

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