Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 23 April 2012 - 09:57pm IST
Preview: Match 31 – PWI v DD
Pune Warriors India host Delhi Daredevils after winning their away leg
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.
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.
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.