Delhi Daredevils were finally put out of their misery on Thursday when their bid – and we use that word in the loosest possible terms – for qualification in the Indian Premier League was ended by Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
They must pick themselves up to go again against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
They could find it tricky to get themselves motivated considering the beating at the hands of the Sunrisers was one of those which those of a nervous disposition would have watched from behind the sofa.
It was a nine-wicket hammering which exposed the chasm between the top team in the standings and the bottom.
Perhaps cruellest of all was the fact that Delhi, like wee naïfs, would have reckoned they were in with a chance at the halfway point. Ah, bless.
Rish Pant had led a brilliant batting charge against the best bowling unit in the world. His unbeaten century – at a strike rate of 203 – was the innings of the tournament so far.
It put Sunrisers on their heels. A chase of 188 would have been their highest of the campaign and they had been horribly unconvincing with the bat.
Unfortunately Delhi cant bowl. Sunrisers looked like they were the Chennai Super Kings the way they attacked the hapless hosts, winning with seven balls to spare.
Delhis lack of discipline or penetration with the ball is what puts us off betting them at 6-5 with Bet365. Not that we would dare waste money on Bangalore who are best at 5-6 with Betfair Sportsbook.
Instead we look to the top-bat markets for our wager. Pant would be the obvious choice at 7-2 with Ladbrokes but were going to plump for Prithvi Shaw. Shaw is being hailed as the new Sachin Tendulkar.
In Delhis first meeting against Sunrisers, Shaw whacked 65 off 36 balls. He has 214 runs in just six innings. Had he played all of Delhis games he would be in the running for top runscorer in the tournament.
A strike rate of 163 – and his role as opener – gives him a better chance of copping than the odds suggest. We would have him as outright jolly.