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What Match 23 of the DLF IPL 2012 will see a battle between two teams with significantly different fortunes.
The Delhi Daredevils, with three victories from four outings, will be eyeing a place at the top of the table. They’re currently placed second, and a win over the Deccan Chargers in this fixture will propel them to the top of the table – even if only momentarily.
Meanwhile, the Deccan Chargers have been stuck at the ground floor of the table after more than two weeks into the competition. Kumar Sangakkara’s boys have finished on the wrong side of two nail-biters; they were edged out by the Mumbai Indians in a last-ball finish at Visakhapatnam and then lost a high-scoring game at Jaipur in the last over. They will want to open their account and get going before it is too late to catch up with the other teams. When
Thursday, April 19, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
You cannot possibly find a more explosive batting line-up in Twenty20 cricket than the one Delhi Daredevils fielded in the match against the Mumbai Indians; Virender Sehwag opens the innings, while Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor have the responsibility to steer the innings in the middle overs and close it off in the end.
According to many, the one thing the Delhi Daredevils dearly missed in their line-up was the presence of a match-winning spinner. Shahbaz Nadeem seems to have plugged that void too; the Jharkhand spinner turned in a Man-of-the-Match award-winning performance in the match against the Mumbai Indians. And he will be expected to keep that form going through the tournament.
In his first appearance in DLF IPL 2012, Deccan Chargers’ JP Duminy showed how dangerous a batsman he can be if he gets going. The South African scored an unbeaten 58 (off 26 balls) and smashed the Rajasthan Royals bowlers to all parts of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in the previous match. He has a lot of experience, is capable of playing second fiddle and has the shots that can turn the heat on – he is possibly the firepower the Deccan Chargers were lacking in their batting line-up.
The Delhi Daredevils’ victory over the Deccan Chargers in the most recent meeting between these two teams gives them a slight edge in the head-to-head contests. Both teams have so far met on nine occasions, with DD emerging victorious in five matches.
In the contests at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium though, it is the Deccan Chargers who’ve fared better; they’ve beaten the hosts in two of the three matches at the venue.
Virender Sehwag’s batting strike-rate of 165.61 is the best for any batsman with more than 100 runs in the IPL.
The Delhi Daredevils have conceded the fewest sixes in IPL 2012; they’ve only given away 14 sixes in the four matches they’ve played so far.
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium will host its second match in 48 hours when the Delhi Daredevils take on the Pune Warriors India on April 21. The Deccan Chargers meanwhile head out to their adopted home town of Cuttack, where they will host the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 22.
Delhi Daredevils coach says Deccan Chargers can be a handful
By IPL staff
New Delhi 18 April 2012
The Delhi Daredevils are a force to reckon with in IPL 2012. Having won three of their four matches so far, the home team is sitting pretty in second position in the league table behind the Rajasthan Royals, who have played six games.
Addressing the media ahead of the match, the Simons spoke about his team’s versatility and commitment. Excerpts from the pre-match press conference: On DD’s strategy against DC
Sometimes you get your tactics right and sometimes you get them wrong; and so far it is going pretty well. I don’t want to say too much about our plans for the opposition. A lot of work that we do is with concern to [working on] our game. [...] While we have given thought to what we want to do, a lot of our focus will be on our game, because we are happy with the way we are playing at the moment. On DC as an opponent
[...] In some ways they are more dangerous in the situation than anyone else. We won’t be complacent in terms of respecting the opposition. I think they are a very good side and they have match-winners in their team [...] we expect a good game. Whenever you have a cricket team in a T20 competition that will be in a place where they feel they are the underdogs and that they have nothing to lose, then they are really dangerous. We are particularly aware of what our state of mind is and what our opposition will be. We have a lot of respect for them as a cricket team.
On Shahbaz Nadeem’s performance so far
In the first press conference at Kolkata I said, “Watch our spinners.” I am not surprised [with the way he has performed]. We have just worked on some good ideas for him in terms of tactics and the way he bowls. We have always known that he has the ability, and the way he has put [it all] together now his ability and grasped the ability to drift the ball and turn the ball, his control of the length is crucial. He has done all those things well, and he has the attitude and the implementation of those ideas [that we have discussed] in the match situation under pressure, and I believe he will go from strength to strength. I had no doubt that he was going to be special. There is still a long way to go in this tournament as well. We are playing a team with a lot of left-handers, so that will make a difference so we have to think about that, but I am very pleased for him. He has worked hard. I am a coach that looks at a guy’s eyes, and if you meet him, you can see he has fire in his eyes. He has got self belief, and he is a great person. [...] On whether Naman Ojha will come at No 3 tomorrow against the DC bowling attack, which includes Dale Steyn
The one thing that our batting line-up does have is the ability to be versatile. We certainly don’t want to put ourselves in a position that the opposition can predict what is coming next. I am not going to say what we are doing, because then it is not going to be a surprise. But as the tournament unfolds, we want to make full use of what players we have got and what they bring to the table, because we have got versatility in there. [...] The last few games we have chased smaller totals, so we haven’t had reason to be innovative, but we will think about it [...]. On DD’s brilliant fielding performance
If I as a coach can get the team to stand in a circle before the game with an attitude and the desire to be there and the desire to play, then I can stop coaching. If you can have your team in that space every time they play, you are winning as a coach, because then technically things are right; the attitude is right. Some of the guys [the way they have performed] in the four games is tremendous. [...] that’s been one of the most rewarding things for me as coach to see the attitude of the guys going into matches and going into practice. We have an optional practice [today] and yet everyone is here. And that is good to see. What you see in the field is the manifestation of that attitude.