Dhoni and co. take on Rajasthan Royals in their fortress
Bottom-scrapers face displaced table-toppers in a battle of extremes
The Deccan Chargers and the Delhi Daredevils, who have had markedly different fortunes this season, will face off in Match 55 of DLF IPL 2012.
Both teams come into this game with a point to prove. While the bottom-placed Chargers would like to make a big statement with an unlikely win, the second-placed Daredevils will hope to reclaim their spot at the top of the table. After their home loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders, DD will be hoping to get back to winning ways by registering a seemingly straightforward win here.
On the other hand, DC, who are all but out of the playoff race, will be hoping for a memorable victory against a team that has dominated almost all of its opponents this season. The Kumar Sangakkara-led team certainly has the talent to trump Virender Sehwag’s army. However, they have been unable to capitalise on good starts, both in the bowling and the batting departments. The Chargers will need the likes of Dale Steyn, Cameron White, Shikhar Dhawan and of course, Sangakkara himself to be at their best.
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Virender Sehwag and David Warner are the key batsmen for the visitors. The duo is among the most dangerous strikers of the ball in today’s game. As a result, a lot will depend on how well they start off the DD innings. In the bowling department, the Daredevils have Purple Cap-contender Morne Morkel and young Shahbaz Nadeem. Both bowlers have been quite effective and have contributed towards their team’s cause in a big way.
For the Chargers, Cameron White has been in great form this season. The hard-hitting Australian batsman is the second highest run-getter for his side, having scored 345 runs at a strike-rate of 150. Shikhar Dhawan, who is his team’s highest scorer, has also been in good nick. While both these batsmen have built a good platform time and again, the rest of the line-up hasn’t quite supported them as well as they would’ve liked. It has been a similar story for DC in the bowling department as well, where Dale Steyn has been the sole destructive force.
Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils have faced each other 10 times before in IPL, with DC winning four and DD, six encounters. In their most recent clash held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on April 19, DD beat DC by five wickets.
• Delhi Daredevils have lost the fewest wickets among the nine teams competing in IPL 2012; they've only lost 52 wickets in their 11 matches.
• The Delhi Daredevils also have the fewest 50-plus partnerships in the IPL 2012 – six
Delhi Daredevils will face the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk on May 12. The Chargers, on the other hand, will travel to Mohali to face off against Kings XI Punjab on May 13.