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Match 38 of DLF IPL 2012 will see a battle between two teams that could potentially go the distance. The Kolkata Knight Riders – perhaps the most balanced of all the teams in the competition – host batting giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Both teams will be itching to go after their previous matches were washed out by showers. KKR had registered victories in consecutive matches before their match against the Deccan Chargers got rained out. On the other hand, RCB had won three on the trot before their home match against the Chennai Super Kings had to be abandoned because of rain.
Both teams will rue having to split points with their opponents in their previous matches, and will be keen to get back to their winning ways that were halted by inclement weather.
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Despite the presence of several match-winners in the Kolkata Knight Riders line-up, it is their skipper Gautam Gambhir who holds the key to their success. The southpaw batted at No.3 in the first couple of matches, but stepped up to open the innings in subsequent matches. That decision has meant that there is now a lot of depth in the KKR batting line-up, and that could only be good for the team.
One player to keep an eye on is the mystery spinner Sunil Narine. Batsmen have found the Trinidadian very hard to decipher, and his tournament economy rate of 6.00 only illustrates how difficult he has been to get away.
In the RCB line-up, look out for Chris Gayle. The Jamaican left-hander has been his team’s best batsman by a mile since he joined the team midway through last season. Bowlers are yet to find answers for AB de Villiers’ unorthodox stroke-play. The South African has already won RCB a couple of matches this season, and he will remain an important cog in the wheel if RCB aim to go the distance.
Keep an eye on Virat Kohli too. The Delhi-lad, who was handed the responsibility of captaincy in the previous match, hasn’t quite made the kind of impact he is capable of, and he will be itching to make bigger contributions.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have won five of the nine matches they’ve played against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
While KKR won both the contests (including the very first IPL match) in the inaugural season, RCB returned the favour the following season. Since IPL 2010, the two teams have met five teams, and RCB have a 3-2 advantage.
When these two teams met at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium earlier this season, KKR posted 165 for eight batting first and then restricted RCB to 123 for nine to win by 42 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ next stop will be the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Gautam Gambhir’s men are scheduled to take on the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on April 30. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will enjoy a three-day break after this match before hosting Kings XI Punjab on May 2.
Match 37 of DLF IPL 2012 will see defending champions Chennai Super Kings go head to head with Kings XI Punjab for the first time this season.
The Chennai Super Kings are currently placed among the top four teams in the points table. They split points with Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing after rain forced the match to be abandoned. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile are coming from a gutting last-over defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians. David Hussey’s men dominated that match for most parts, but were outsmarted at the very end by Robin Peterson and Ambati Rayudu.
Kings XI Punjab are currently languishing eighth place in the nine-team table and have three wins from eight outings. They need at least six more wins from their remaining eight matches to be in contention for a place in the playoffs. When
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings are far from the well-oiled unit that went on to win the title last season. They’ve won matches not because the team has performed as a unit, but because one or two individuals have contributed and seen them home. Faf du Plessis has been the lone consistent performer for the defending champions; the South African is the team’s leading run-getter and has scored runs in all but one inning this season.
For MS Dhoni’s team to be the force they were last season, they need Suresh Raina to fire with the bat and R Ashwin to start picking up wickets.
Kings XI Punjab may be missing their captain Adam Gilchrist, but stand-in-captain David Hussey has more than made up for his absence by leading from the front. The junior Hussey top-scored for his team in two of the three matches since taking over captaincy and he is one of their premier batsmen alongside Shaun Marsh.
Keep an eye on the impressive Parvinder Awana, who is currently KXIP’s leading wicket-taker alongside Piyush Chawla, despite playing in only four of KXIP’s eight matches. The list of batsmen dismissed by the 25-year-old makes for interesting reading; he’s seen the back of Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma on two occasions, and picked up the wickets of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary and Mayank Agarwal among others. Previous Meetings
The Chennai Super Kings have generally dominated their contests against Kings XI Punjab. The two teams have met on eight occasions, and the former have emerged victors six times. KXIP’s first win over CSK was when they won the Super Over in Chennai in 2010. Their only other victory against CSK was when they met in Mohali last season; on that occasion, KXIP chased down 189 with six wickets in hand. Trivia
MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has hosted the most IPL matches – 27.
Kings XI Punjab have conceded the most fours this season – 110. What next?
The Chennai Super Kings will take the field in two days time as they host the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 30. David Hussey and his boys will enjoy some time off before their next clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on May 2.