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The Deccan Chargers and the Kolkata Knight Riders locked horns at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on April 22. Two days later, these teams will go head to head yet again, but at the magnificent Eden Gardens – home to the Knight Riders.
With four wins from seven matches, KKR are locked in a tight race in the middle of the IPL 2012 table. Gautam Gambhir’s team consumed 19 overs to chase down 127 in the previous match. In a tournament where several teams are closely packed and only four can progress to the play-offs, it is important that teams also maintain a very good net run-rate. And KKR will rue the fact that they did not get past the finish line earlier than they did in that game.
The Deccan Chargers are yet to taste success in the tournament. The team from Hyderabad has played five matches, but has ended second best on every occasion. Given that in the IPL the turnaround time between matches is very little, it will be a test of character for Kumar Sangakkara’s team to lift themselves from the bottom of the table.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Despite the fantastic names in their batting line-up, a lot rides on the shoulders of the KKR skipper and opening batsman Gautam Gambhir. Since the southpaw has moved up to open the innings – and moved Jacques Kallis to bat in the middle order ¬– KKR have looked a very dangerous side.
Brendon McCullum and Yusuf Pathan – two of the most explosive players in this format – haven’t done too much in the tournament. But the day either of them gets going, you can be sure there will be only one winner – KKR.
The Deccan Chargers aren’t too dissimilar from the Rajasthan Royals. Both teams aren’t blessed when it comes to the stars. However, while the Rajasthan Royals are performing well as a unit, and punching beyond their weight and winning the crucial moments, DC cannot seem to get their act together.
The team needs some inspiration, and the three players in the DC line-up who are capable of producing those special moments are skipper Kumar Sangakkara, JP Duminy and Dale Steyn. They have an able support cast in Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel and Amit Mishra. But DC will need the three overseas players to come up with match-winning performances.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have won each of their last five matches against the Deccan Chargers, including their away meeting earlier this season. They boast a 7-2 win-loss record against DC.
The two occasions the Deccan Chargers got the better of KKR was during their title run in IPL 2009.
The Deccan Chargers’ next stop would be the education capital of India – Pune. Kumar Sangakkara’s team is scheduled to take on the Pune Warriors India on April 26. Gautam Gambhir’s KKR will in the meantime enjoy a three-day break before hosting the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 28.
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.