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Match 40 of DLF IPL 2012 will see the Mumbai Indians take on the Deccan Chargers.
Though it’s past the half-way stage, both these teams are yet to find any kind of rhythm and are placed in the bottom half of the table. The Deccan Chargers will come into this contest with a bit of confidence after registering their first victory of the season in their last outing. The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will need to recover from the thrashing they received at the hands of the Delhi Daredevils. When
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Apart from the usual suspect – Sachin Tendulkar – who is under the spotlight every time he takes the field, MI will need match-winning knocks from Rohit Sharma. They have shown a lot of faith in him and have promoted him to the crucial No.3 position; and it is about time he starts delivering. The 24-year-old – the team’s leading run-getter – has looked in good touch when he has got going, but he needs to realize that all that talent at his disposal will come to naught if he does not apply himself in the middle.
Apart from the one match-winning half-century against the Rajasthan Royals, there is very little else that the explosive Kieron Pollard has done this season. In his last four knocks, the Trinidadian has aggregated 27 runs at a strike-rate of 93. For a player who can cause a lot of damage in very little time, Pollard needs to perform better than he’s done in his last four innings.
Also look out for the fiery face-off between Dale Steyn and Lasith Malinga – two of the most difficult bowlers to face no matter the format of the game.
Prior to the start of IPL 2012, the Mumbai Indians and the Deccan Chargers had met eight times and both teams had won four matches apiece.
The head-to-head has swayed slightly in favour of the Mumbai Indians after their meeting at Visakhapatnam earlier this season. On that occasion, the Deccan Chargers posted 138 for nine batting first and dominated the match for most parts before being pipped at the post by MI. The visitors needed 18 of the last over – a target that came down to three off the last ball (after Rohit Sharma and James Franklin had found the boundary twice in the first four deliveries). Sharma rose to the challenge and clubbed Daniel Christian for a huge six over long-on to seal the deal for his team. Trivia
The Deccan Chargers have scored the fewest boundaries in IPL 2012. They’ve only hit 102 boundaries (70 fours and 32 sixes) in their six matches. What next?
Both teams will play the Pune Warriors India next. While the Deccan Chargers will square off against PWI at their adopted home ground (Barabati Stadium in Cuttack) on May 1, the Mumbai Indians will travel to Pune on May 3 for their away leg.
Match 39 of DLF IPL 2012 will see table-toppers Delhi Daredevils play host to the Rajasthan Royals.
The Delhi Daredevils are on a roll; they’ve won six out of their eight matches, and each of those wins has been by convincing. They possess the best batting line-up in the competition, they have a very potent fast bowling attack, and the emergence of Shahbaz Nadeem has meant that they now have a well-rounded bowling line-up too.
The Rajasthan Royals have generally punched above their weight and have made a contest of almost every one of their matches. Rahul Dravid’s team has been on the receiving end in their last two matches against the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Royals will want to return to the form that saw them top the table some time ago.
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
There are few cricketers in the world who can demolish bowling attacks single-handedly, and DD will consider themselves blessed in that they have two of them in their line-up. Skipper Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen have been almost unstoppable this season. While KP has been in overdrive mode almost every time he has walked out to bat, his skipper has shown the inclination to spend time out in the middle, size up the opponent and then open his shoulders.
No bowler has caused more damage in IPL 2012 than Delhi Daredevils’ Morne Morkel. Though the South African (who has 17 wickets) has a significant lead over the next-best bowler in IPL 2012, he will try to add a few more wickets to his tally to hold on to the Purple Cap at the end of the tournament.
Ajinkya Rahane (Orange Cap holder), Rahul Dravid and Owais Shah have contributed more than two-thirds of the runs scored by RR so far. Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they are the pillars of Rajasthan Royals’ success thus far. While Rahane and Dravid have given their team good starts on almost every occasion, Shah has played those “impact” cameos, which have put matches beyond the reach of their opponents. Expect them to use the same formula against DD. Previous Meetings
The Delhi Daredevils and the Rajasthan Royals have successfully defended their home territory in matches against each other; DD have beaten RR twice at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, while RR have a 100 percent record in their two matches against DD at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.