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The Deccan Chargers lie at the bottom of the table with a solitary win after playing half their quota of 16 league matches. They are now faced with a situation where they need to win almost every one of their remaining eight matches to stay in contention for a place in the playoffs. Despite being bowled out for 100 in their previous game against the Mumbai Indians, DC did well to take the contest into the 19th over. They will be pitted against the Pune Warriors India in Match 42 of DLF IPL 2012 and will aim to put up a significantly better show than they did in Mumbai on Sunday.
It will be revenge time for Ganguly and co., who lost to the Deccan Chargers before their four-day break. PWI have won four out of their nine matches and are placed seventh in the nine-team table. When
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
The Deccan Chargers aren’t blessed with too many match-winners in their ranks, and hence it is important that the experienced players in their line-up – Cameron White, JP Duminy and Shikhar Dhawan – do the bulk of the scoring. Kumar Sangakkara – the regular DC skipper – kept himself out on the sidelines in the previous match, and if he is back in the playing XI, it will be important for him to find form.
Despite having a low to total to defend in their match against the Mumbai Indians, the Deccan Chargers gave their opponents a run for the money – and that was primarily because of a fiery bowling spell by Dale Steyn. The South African clocked speeds in excess of 140 kmph consistently, bowled a probing line and got the ball to swing away late. His bowling figures of two for 10 in four overs are the most economical completed spell this season.
The Pune Warriors India have had a problem with momentum and consistency at the top of the innings. The explosive Jesse Ryder has blown hot and cold this season, while Robin Uthappa has scored runs every time he has walked out to bat, but hasn’t been able to step on the accelerator when required.
Keep an eye on PWI’s overseas line-up too; Australian captain, Michael Clarke, will make his first appearance in the IPL, and it will be interesting to see if the PWI management decides to give him a game.
The Deccan Chargers will be upbeat heading into this contest against the Pune Warriors India. The two teams have clashed three times so far, and DC have won two of those games, including the match in Pune earlier this season – which is their only win in IPL 2012 so far.
Michael Clarke, who has joined the Pune Warriors India, hasn’t played a Twenty20 match since October 2010.
Pune Warriors India’s Alfonso Thomas is the second-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket. He has taken 159 wickets and is second only to Dirk Nannes.
The Deccan Chargers’ next fixture will be against the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 4. The Pune Warriors India will square off against their neighbours, the Mumbai Indians, at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on May 3.
Revenge will be foremost in the minds of Rajasthan Royals players when they face off against the Delhi Daredevils in Match 43 of DLF IPL 2012.
Rahul Dravid’s team dominated their away fixture against the Delhi Daredevils for close to 38 overs, but lost the contest at the fag end of their run-chase. That one-run defeat has meant they are still locked up in a mid-table contest, while the Delhi Daredevils remain perched on top of the points table with seven wins from nine outings.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid and Owais Shah have contributed close to 70 percent of the runs scored by their team – suffice to say, they hold the key to their team’s success. Rahane especially has been in sparkling form; the Mumbai lad plays orthodox cricket, but still has scored runs every time he has walked out to bat. Dravid has played the perfect second fiddle at the top of the innings, while Shah has played “impact” cameos to finish off innings.
Despite all the riches in the Delhi Daredevils batting line-up, Virender Sehwag continues to be the central figure in it. The DD skipper has been in pristine form this season and has scored half-centuries in his last four innings.
Keep an eye on Kevin Pietersen too; the Englishman has scored one of two centuries in the competition so far, and he will be keen to leave an impression on the IPL before joining the England team for their home series against the West Indies.
The last time the Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals met – on April 29 at the Feroz Shah Kotla – a solitary run separated them. On that occasion, the Royals finished at 151 for three in their chase of 153.
There isn’t too much that separates the two teams when it comes to their previous encounters; both teams have won their respective home games and the overall head-to-head is slightly swayed in favour of the Delhi Daredevils (5-4) at the moment.
Delhi Daredevils’ David Warner is the only player to score hundreds in consecutive Twenty20 matches. He accomplished the feat in the 2011 CLT20.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid have been involved in five 50-run partnerships – the most by any pair in IPL 2012.
The Rajasthan Royals head over to Mohali for their next fixture; Rahul Dravid’s team is scheduled to take on Kings XI Punjab on May 5. The Delhi Daredevils will be out of action for five days after this match. They will be seen in action next, when they host the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 7.