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Deccan Chargers and Pune Warriors India to battle it out at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 25 April 2012
Match 35 of DLF IPL 2012 will see bottom-placed Deccan Chargers going head to head with the Pune Warriors India.
Sourav Ganguly’s PWI (four wins from eight outings) were handed a sound thrashing by the Delhi Daredevils in their previous outing. After losing two wickets in the first two overs, PWI recovered through a partnership between Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey. The duo couldn’t step on the accelerator when needed, and PWI ended up posting a below par total of 146 for two. The Delhi Daredevils overhauled it quite comfortably.
The Deccan Chargers are yet to win a single contest in the IPL 2012. They’ve played six matches and have a solitary point on the board – which was thanks to their washed out fixture against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Kumar Sangakkara’s team will be hoping to turn things around in this game.
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
For the Pune Warriors India to compete, they need their two overseas players – Jesse Ryder and Steve Smith – to fire at the beginning and the end of their innings. They also need the rest of their batsmen to chip in with useful scores. While Ryder has started slowly and then forced the issue when well set, Smith has shown that he has what it takes to do the most damage in little time.
For the Deccan Chargers to fire, they need their skipper Kumar Sangakkara to drop anchor, bat through the innings and make a substantial contribution. They also need the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy and Cameron White to make quick fire contributions.
Apart from Dale Steyn’s four-over spell, also keep an eye on the head to head contest between Rahul Sharma and Amit Mishra. Both leg-spinners are in the reckoning for a place in the Indian national team, and each will be trying to get an edge over the other. Previous Meetings
The Pune Warriors India and the Deccan Chargers have met twice before and they’ve won one match apiece. In their first match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, the Pune Warriors India chased down 137 to win by six wickets. In the return fixture at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, the Deccan Chargers returned the favour when they chased down the exact same total, and also happened to win by a margin of six wickets. Trivia
Deccan Chargers have picked up the fewest wickets in the IPL 2012; they’ve only managed to dismiss 26 batsmen in six matches. What next?
The Pune Warriors India will enjoy a four-day break after this game before their return fixture with the Deccan Chargers on May 1. The Deccan Chargers meanwhile will fly stop over in Mumbai to take on the Mumbai Indians on April 30 before they take on PWI.
Royal Challengers Bangalore host Chennai Super Kings in a South Indian showdown
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 24 April 2012
South Indian neighbors – the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings – go head-to-head in Match 34 of the DLF IPL 2012.
CSK didn’t look too convincing in the early days in the tournament. They had only two wins from their first five matches and look far from the defending champions. However, victories in their last two matches have made their numbers look better.
RCB started convincingly by beating the Deccan Chargers in their opening match before losing three on the trot. Since then, they’ve won three in a row and look more like the team that bulldozed their way to the final of IPL 2011. Can Daniel Vettori’s boys maintain the momentum for the rest of the competition?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
RCB skipper Daniel Vettori said recently that AB de Villiers was the best batsman in the world at the moment, and not too many will dispute that claim. In the seven innings so far, the South African has played some match-winning knocks, and some outrageous shots. Most of de Villiers’ knocks are high on the entertainment index too – for he will improvise.
A lot has already been said and written about Chris Gayle’s contribution to RCB’s success. All those planning to visit the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to watch the match are advised to carry some protective gear. Gayle has already hit 19 sixes in six innings and when he is on song, there’s no stopping him.
Virat Kohli is one of RCB’s premier batsmen, but the Delhi lad hasn’t produced anything spectacular yet, and the pressure on him will be mounting slowly but surely. Can he come up with the goods against one of the best bowling line-ups in the competition?
Despite missing the services of Michael Hussey, the Chennai Super Kings have been scraped through on most occasions because of contributions from Faf du Plessis at the top of the order. The South African came into the IPL 2012 as an unknown commodity, but he has been CSK’s best performer by a long way.
No teams have met more often in the Indian Premier League than the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings. The two rivals have previously met on 12 occasions – including in the final of IPL 2011 – with CSK holding a 7-5 win-loss advantage over their opponents.
The face-off between the two teams earlier this season produced a cliffhanger of a contest. RCB set CSK a stiff target of 206 and were in the driver’s seat until 18 overs of the run-chase. Albie Morkel then turned the contest on its head with a 7-ball 28-run cameo, while Ravindra Jadeja hit a boundary off the last ball to seal the match for his team. Trivia
Chris Gayle has an outstanding record in Twenty20 matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. In 14 matches at the venue, he has scored 690 runs (including one century and four half-centuries) at an incredible strike-rate of 189.04.
Among the bowlers who’ve dismissed Chris Gayle most number of times in Twenty20 cricket, is Chennai Super Kings’ R Ashwin. The off-spinner has dismissed the Jamaican thrice in five matches.
Both teams will be seen in action next on April 28. While the Chennai Super Kings will play host to Kings XI Punjab, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will travel to the City of Joy to take on the Kolkata Knight Riders.