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After an impressive win over Deccan Chargers in their previous match, Delhi Daredevils will now host Pune Warriors India in Match 27 of DLF IPL 2012.
Despite losing most of their formidable batting line-up for next to nothing, Delhi Daredevils powered home in the match against the Deccan Chargers thanks to Kevin Pietersen’s brilliant century. Virender Sehwag’s boys are on a roll now; they’ve won their last three matches and will want to keep their home record this season intact.
Pune Warriors India dominated most parts of their last two matches, only to be pipped at the post. An AB de Villiers special snatched away what was a match-in-the-kitty at Bangalore. In the away fixture against the Chennai Super Kings, Sourav Ganguly’s men dominated for 36 overs, but were outsmarted by the defending champions in the last two overs of both innings.
Saturday, April 21, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
With a batting line-up that has names such as Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor, it would be very difficult to pick out just one or two stars. Each player is capable of winning a match single-handedly on his day. However, a lot of the focus will be on Pietersen after his outstanding century in the last match.
On the bowling front, while DD have experienced players like Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan, the one who has impressed most is left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. Relatively unknown until this season, Nadeem has turned in four match-winning spells in five matches and has been the best spin bowler on show this season. Keep an eye on him as he will come up against attacking batsmen, including two left-handers, in the Pune Warriors India line-up.
For Pune Warriors India to succeed, they need their openers to fire. Robin Uthappa and Jesse Ryder have looked in good nick, but their lack of consistency has hurt their team badly.
Look out for a change in PWI’s batting order too. Steve Smith and Angelo Mathews are under-utilised batting at Nos. 6 and 7. Their team would perhaps be better served if one of them were moved up the order.
Rahul Sharma recovered well from the mauling he received at the hands of RCB’s Chris Gayle and turned in an economic spell against the Chennai Super Kings. It will be interesting to see if he can keep the likes of Pietersen, Jayawardene and Taylor at bay.
In a high-scoring match at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai last season, Delhi Daredevils edged past the Pune Warriors India. Needing to score 188, Virender Sehwag’s team got past the finish line in the last over losing seven wickets in the process.
The only other meeting between these two teams, in IPL 2011 – at the Feroz Shah Kotla – had to be abandoned midway through the first innings because of rain.
• Delhi Daredevils have lost the fewest wickets amongst all the teams in IPL 2012; they’ve only lost 19 wickets in five matches.
• Delhi Daredevils have the best economy rate of the nine teams in IPL 2012; their overall economy rate this season has been 6.71.
• Delhi Daredevils have so far run nine batsmen out this season – the most by any team in IPL 2012.
The two teams will be seen in action next when Pune Warriors India host Delhi Daredevils at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on April 24.
Chennai Super Kings take on the Rajasthan Royals in Match 26 of DLF IPL 2012.
The defending champions are yet to live up to their high standards, but things are slowly starting to fall in place for Stephen Fleming’s wards. In their most recent match, CSK played their cards right and ended up victorious; they dropped the struggling Murali Vijay and promoted the under-utilised S Badrinath to open the innings. The opening partnership laid a solid platform for the middle-order to flourish, Dhoni promoted himself to No. 4 and his blitz in the final two overs ended up being the difference between the two teams.
Rajasthan Royals have stayed among the top four teams for most of the tournament so far. Underdogs in most contests, Rahul Dravid’s men have won four out of their six matches and have looked like the team to beat even though they don’t have too many stars in their line-up. In their most recent match, they pulled off a challenging – and improbable – run chase against the Deccan Chargers. Confidence levels will be high in the team, and given RR’s combination, this could turn out to be a very closely contested match.
Saturday, April 21, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Faf du Plessis from South Africa has been very impressive in his first IPL season. Despite his new role as an opener (he generally bats in the middle-order), and unfamiliar playing conditions, du Plessis has hit the mark. He is currently CSK’s leading run-getter and has made up for the absence of Michael Hussey and the lack of runs from the other end.
Suresh Raina and R Ashwin – two very important players in the CSK line-up – haven’t quite come to the party yet. Both players played huge roles in CSK’s run to the title last season, and though they’ve been chipping in, there hasn’t been anything substantial from them yet.
Ajinkya Rahane has been the standout performer in the IPL this season. There was no doubt that the 23-year-old had the technique or temperament; he has now proved that he can adapt to the demands of Twenty20 cricket. Playing within his limitations and with a copybook technique, he has still managed to take his game to a different level.
Having announced his retirement from all other formats of the game, Rahul Dravid is enjoying his cricket like never before; he has scored runs in almost every innings and has been an important contributor to RR’s success so far. In Owais Shah and Brad Hodge, RR have two of the most dangerous finishers in Twenty20 cricket. Both players have impressive T20 records and they’ve lived up to that billing.
Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super in each of the three meetings in the inaugural season – including in the title clash. However, since then MS Dhoni’s men have dominated the team from Jaipur by winning five of the six subsequent matches.
When these two teams met last season, CSK dominated RR on both occasions; they won their home fixture by eight wickets and then went on to defeat the Rajasthan Royals in their Jaipur fortress by 63 runs.
• Prior to this season, Ajinkya Rahane had scored 268 runs in 20 IPL matches (16 innings). However, in six innings this season, he has already accumulated 304 runs.
• Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni is the only player to have captained a team in more than 100 Twenty20 matches (106 T20s in all).
After two home matches in three days, Chennai Super Kings will enjoy a brief break before travelling to Bengaluru to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 25. Rahul Dravid’s boys will rush back home and prepare to host RCB on April 23.