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Match 31 of DLF IPL 2012 is the Delhi Daredevils’ return fixture against the Pune Warriors India.
These two teams met at the Feroz Shah Kotla on April 21 when the Delhi Daredevils, who were the favourites, were humbled in their own backyard. After being asked to bat first, PWI posted 192 for three –their highest total in the IPL. They then restricted the hosts to 172 for seven to win by 20 runs.
Sourav Ganguly’s men have four wins from seven matches, while the Delhi Daredevils have four wins in six games. In a competition where teams are closely packed on the points table, the Delhi Daredevils will want to return PWI’s favour so as to draw level with them. When
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
After a Man-of-the-Match-winning performance in the previous match (41 runs, 2-27 and one catch), expect a lot of eyeballs to follow Sourav Ganguly closely. The Pune Warriors India skipper hadn’t done anything spectacular in the competition till then, but was a completely different personality in that match against the Delhi Daredevils. Apart from the runs and wickets, he was in the thick of things – diving around, talking animatedly to his teammates and all charged up. If the positive energy of Ganguly rubs off on the other PWI players, they could be a very difficult opponent – especially when playing at home.
Delhi Daredevils’ reputation of having the most formidable batting line-up this season was somewhat tarnished when they couldn’t get the 193 runs they needed to beat PWI at home. Expect the likes of Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor to come out firing and trying to make up for the failure in the previous match.
It is not often that a bowler like Morne Morkel will concede 50 runs in a four-over spell. Expect him to go hard at the PWI batsmen when he takes the field.
It is one match apiece between the Pune Warriors India and the Delhi Daredevils in the three previous meetings between them. The Delhi Daredevils’ home fixture in IPL 2011 had to be abandoned midway through the first innings because of rain. What next?
Pune Warriors India will remain at home following this fixture to host the Deccan Chargers on April 26, while Delhi Daredevils will head back to the familiar surroundings at the Feroz Shah Kotla, where they are scheduled to host the Mumbai Indians on April 27.
DC fielding coach says team needs a win to get up and running
By IPL Staff
Kolkata 23 April 2012
Deccan Chargers will have yet another opportunity to get some points on the board in IPL 2012 when they go head-to-head against the Kolkata Knight Riders for the second time in three days at the Eden Gardens on April 24. Although the team has lost all their matches in the competition so far, fielding coach Trevor Penney stressed on the fact that the Chargers had played good cricket in the last four of their five losses. Penney believed the Chargers could still make it to the playoffs once they get some momentum in their favour. Excerpts from Penney’s pre-match interaction with the media.
On what had gone wrong for DC
I think in the last four matches we’ve played good cricket. It’s just that at the big moments we’ve made a mistake either with the bat, the ball or in the field, whether it be a poor over, a dropped catch or not taking on the right bowler at the right time. We feel we’ve played really good cricket in the last four games; the first game we didn’t play that well, fair enough. But the team is still very confident. We’ve had four last-over losses. That’s been [very dispiriting] for the team because we’ve been so close to winning the games. But we still have 11 games and in T20 [the situation] can just turn [around]. On whether DC could still finish in the top four teams
I think we need eight wins and we have 11 games left. Anything is possible. In my first year with Kings XI [Punjab], I think we won 10 games out of 11 after losing the first few. So it’s possible. In T20 when you get on a run, you can definitely do it. As I said, we’ve played good cricket. 95 percent we’ve played well and then five percent we’ve let ourselves down.
On what went wrong in the game against KKR
Maybe we could have scored 15-20 more runs. The last six overs we didn’t capitalise like maybe we could have. But then the wicket was pretty slow and a little bit two-paced. We felt we could defend that score  and we were doing well. We made a mistake in the field in the end. It would have been 16 runs off 12 balls with a new batsman coming in. Those little things, that is what I am talking about; the odd [mistake] here and there is costing us games. On whether the Chargers’ losses are partly to be blamed on changing venues, even when it comes to home games
It’s hard to say. I don’t think so. A lot of the teams are [composed] from different parts of the world anyway, so I don’t feel it’s a definite home ground [advantage]. And if you look at the results, teams aren’t winning at home anyway.
On whether he has had a look at the Eden Gardens wicket
Yes, I’ve just had a look now; it looks like a typical Kolkata wicket. It’s normally pretty nice to bat early on, not much grass. It could be pretty low and slow.
On how the coaching staff was keeping the younger and inexperienced players in the side motivated during this low phase
Just by keeping them confident, saying that we are playing well [and] not talking about the negatives. Obviously, practicing hard, that is the most important thing. If someone is weak in an area, we are practicing hard there so that they can improve whether it is a catching difficulty or a six-hitting problem. That’s easy; the practicing side of things is going really well. When you finish practice, you know you are going to perform the next day. That way we are keeping them up. Darren [Lehmann] is a very positive coach; that’s all he is about. We just need to get our first win and we will be up and running.