Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 25 April 2012 - 10:46pm IST
Preview: Match 35 – PWI v DC
Deccan Chargers and Pune Warriors India to battle it out at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium
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.
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.
Deccan Chargers have picked up the fewest wickets in the IPL 2012; they’ve only managed to dismiss 26 batsmen in six matches.
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.