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Next nine days will define the season for Delhi Daredevils, says Zaheer Khan

Delhi are languishing at seventh in the points table with just four points in their kitty from six matches.

he next nine days will be make or break for struggling Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils, skipper Zaheer Khan said on Thursday ahead of their game against table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Delhi are languishing at seventh in the points table with just four points in their kitty from six matches.

Starting Friday, they play Kings XI Punjab (April 30), Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 2), Gujarat Lions (May 4) and Mumbai Indians (May 6) with the last three matches at home.

"We need a winning momentum. In the next nine days, we are playing five matches. It is a very important phase. If we can string a winning momentum in this phase, things will change by May 6," Zaheer said on the eve of their tie against Kolkata, who are in scintillating form having coasted to two victories against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant.

"It's very important that we look at this phase as nine days rather than just tomorrow's game. Next nine days will define the season for us," the 38-year old left-arm pacer said.

Asked about their opponents' rollicking form and whether the defeat at the hands of KKR after getting into an advantageous position in their first meeting is a physiological setback, Zaheer said it won't matter at all.

"Loss to KKR is not a physiological setback. We have not played that many games in the tournament," Zaheer said.

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