Delhi Daredevils host Deccan Chargers in the battle of extremes
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 18 April 2012
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.