PREVIEW: Delhi eye semis in clash against Titans

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The only IPL team left in contention, table-toppers Delhi Daredevils will aim to officially seal what seems like a sure-shot semi-final berth but will face stiff challenge from home favourites Titans in their final Group A encounter.

Delhi huffed and puffed their way to a narrow win over Perth Scorchers in their previous match, going atop the table in the process with 10 points.

Titans, beaten comprehensively by laggards Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match, are second in the standings with eight points.

Both the teams are bestplaced to advance from the group and tomorrow’s result will decide which of the two finishes better in the points table.

The two sides head into contest with their confidence shaken in contrasting manner. While Delhi’s batting depth was tested to the core by the ousted Perth Scorchers, Titans were quite literally demolished by another ousted side KKR.

In pursuit of 122, Delhi lost Mahela Jayawardene, Unmukt Chand, Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor to single-digit scores and it was left to Virender Sehwag to steer the team through.

In fact, Sehwag getting a good knock was a big positive for Delhi and the batsman himself. The 34-yearold batted sensibly, held one end firm and ensured that he did just enough to steer Delhi. Another positive for Delhi was veteran all-rounder Ajit Agarkar, who was named man of the match for his fine display.

His economical four overs fetched Delhi a couple of wickets and cost just 14 runs.

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