Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 30 April 2012 - 11:51pm IST
Preview: Match 42 – DC v PWI
Bottom-placed Deccan Chargers host Pune Warriors India in Cuttack
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.
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.