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DC skipper says his side has not done well in closing stages of games either
By IPL Staff
Mohali 13 May 2012
Languishing at the bottom of the points table, the Deccan Chargerswill be hoping to get a couple of wins under their belt to end the season on a positive note. DC will take on Kings XI Punjab in their last away game of IPL 2012 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tomorrow. Speaking to the media ahead of the match, skipper Kumar Sangakkaradiscussed his team’s run in the tournament so far. Excerpts from his press conference:
On the way the tournament has panned out for DC
We have learnt quite a few lessons this season about our fielding and our catching, which has let us down in big moments and also about making sure [that] we are up to the mark and focused on exactly what to do in tight situations. In T20 cricket, it is not easy [to win in tight situations]. A lot of sides have lost close games, especially coming down to the last over or two, and those are the situations that really count. We have been found wanting in those situations. So tomorrow is another opportunity for us to show that if you do get to situations of strength, then we can capitalize.
On luck not being on their side
It’s not only about luck. If you do the right things, then you need just luck more than you would if you are not doing that well. So luck is something that the harder you work and the better you do, luck works for you. So sometimes luck can be an excuse, [but] that’s not something that we are looking to have gone wrong for us.
On whether they would like to capitalize on KXIP not doing well in home games
Hopefully. I think they have played some very good cricket. They are a good solid side; [they have] good all-round abilities, so we know what they are capable of [winning]. It’s never going to be an easy game with Kings [XI Punjab]. They showed us [that] when they played against us in Hyderabad as well. We will really need to be on the top of our game tomorrow.
On giving opportunities to other players
We will be looking at that very strongly. Lot of the young Indian players have got opportunities throughout the series. We have had them coming in and out of the side, and we are looking at giving some of the other foreign players a go as well.
Kings XI Punjab battle it out against Deccan Chargers in Mohali
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 12 May 2012
Kings XI Punjab (12 points from as many matches), who are still in with a chance to make it to the playoffs, clash with the Deccan Chargers in Match 61 of DLF IPL 2012.
The Deccan Chargers sit at the floor of the table with just two wins from 13 outings and are out of the reckoning from making it to the playoffs. However, their matches are a very important part of the calendar in that they could decide the fate of some of the other teams who are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Kings XI Punjab have looked a good team when things have fallen in place for them. However, they’ve lacked in consistency and in carrying forth their winning momentum; that has left them with six wins and just as many defeats. With many teams closely packed in the mid-table, there could be no more room for a slip-up and KXIP will need to be on top of their game every single time.
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
The coming to age of Mandeep Singh has meant the burden on David Hussey and Shaun Marsh to score the bulk of the runs has reduced. 20-year-old Mandeep (KXIP’s leading run-getter this season) has been used in a variety of roles; but it is in his role as opening batsman with which he has added most value to his team. Runs at the top from Mandeep have meant that the likes of Hussey and Marsh have had the freedom to go out and play their shots from the word go.
There could also be a boost (and a complication in a way) with the likely return of Adam Gilchrist to the KXIP line-up. The southpaw missed his team’s last few games owing to a hamstring injury he suffered earlier in the tournament, but may to return in time for this fixture.
For the Deccan Chargers, Cameron White and Shikhar Dhawan have been the two standout performers in what has otherwise been a lacklustre season for the team. While Dhawan has impressed with consistently getting runs, White – dropped from the team in the early days of the tournament – has impressed with his ability to play impact innings. The Australian’s half-centuries were the cornerstone of DC’s two wins this season, while his two other half-centuries gave his team a semblance of a chance of forcing a win.
Kings XI Punjab have a 6-3 win-loss record from their nine previous meetings against the Deccan Chargers.
The team from Mohali won the first four meetings between the two teams in IPL 2008 and IPL 2009, before the Deccan Chargers came back strongly to win both matches in the 2010 season. In IPL 2011, both teams dropped their home matches.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams earlier this season, KXIP, powered by Mandeep Singh’s 75, posted 170 for five and then restricted the hosts to 145 for eight to win by 25 runs.
KXIP’s Piyush Chawla is the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL; he has taken 72 wickets in 67 matches. Only Lasith Malinga – with 81 wickets – is ahead of him in this list.
No IPL team has had more luck at the coin toss than the Deccan Chargers; the Hyderabad franchise has won the toss in 41 of their 72 matches. What next?
Kings XI Punjab will be back in action in less than 48 hours when they take on the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on May 15. On the other hand, the Deccan Chargers will be out of action for four days, before their next fixture against the Rajasthan Royals on May 18.