Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 07 May 2012 - 11:40pm IST
Preview: Match 53 – DC v KXIP
Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab lock horns in Hyderabad
Match 53 of DLF IPL 2012 will see the Deccan Chargers face off against Kings XI Punjab.
It is a must-win match for the Deccan Chargers, who’ve won only two of their 11 matches so far this season. A defeat in this match will possibly rule out even the mathematical possibility of them progressing to the playoffs.
Kings XI Punjab have blown hot and cold this season; they have five wins from eleven matches and lie in the bottom half of the table. A win for KXIP here could propel them above defending champions Chennai Super Kings and last year’s finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Cameron White and Dale Steyn are among the players you’d normally keep an eye on in the Deccan Chargers line-up. After a slow start to the tournament – and subsequently getting dropped from the playing XI – White has come back to become DC’s premier batsman, even winning them a couple of matches. He will need to win many more matches for his team and hope the other batsmen in the line-up (like Shikhar Dhawan, Kumar Sangakkara and Parthiv Patel) can contribute too.
Dale Steyn – the world’s top-ranked bowler at the moment – will be breathing fire after the treatment he received at the hands of AB de Villiers in the previous match.
Mandeep Singh, David Hussey and Shaun Marsh have been the three important characters in the KXIP batting line-up. While Hussey – the most experienced cricketer in the Twenty20 format – and Marsh were always expected to fire, the emergence of Mandeep Singh as a reliable run-maker has only made things easier for the Mohali franchise. With the selectors keeping their eye on performances in the IPL, the Jalandhar lad will know that this is possibly the best stage for him to push for a place in the national team.
The Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab have so far clashed on eight occasions, and the latter have emerged the better side in five of those matches.
Kings XI Punjab had a 100 percent record against the Deccan Chargers in the first two seasons; they won four matches across IPL 2008 and IPL 2009. DC came back strongly the following season to win both their matches against KXIP.
When the two teams met last season, both teams conceded their home games, but outclassed their opponent in their away fixtures.
The Deccan Chargers have an awful record at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad; they’ve won only one out of the 14 IPL matches played at the venue.
Kings XI Punjab have an excellent away record this season; they’ve won four out of their six away matches (as opposed to one win from five home matches).
The Deccan Chargers will follow up this match with yet another home fixture – against the Delhi Daredevils on May 10. Kings XI Punjab’s next game will be on May 13 against the Deccan Chargers in Mohali.