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The Delhi Daredevils take on Kings XI Punjab in Match 64 of DLF IPL 2012.
After winning eight of their first ten matches this season, the Delhi Daredevils suddenly found themselves at the receiving end in two of their last three matches. Though Virender Sehwag’s team continues to be among the top two teams in the points table, they will be worried about how comprehensively they’ve been beaten in their two recent encounters.
Kings XI Punjab have won four of their last five matches and appear to be finding form at just the right time. With 14 points from 13 matches, they remain in contention for making it to the playoffs. They will come into this match with a lot of confidence after having pulled off a stupendous last-ball win over the Deccan Chargers in their previous outing. When
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Virender Sehwag and David Warner are foremost on the list of the most dangerous batsmen in the world at the moment. Both players are part of the Delhi Daredevils line-up, and given their reputation, it would only be fair to identify them as the most important characters in their team. Both players have already done a lot of damage in the tournament and will be hungry for more – especially since both of them fell to low scores in the previous match.
Unlike other teams, Kings XI Punjab’s success in the tournament has been built around contributions from several individuals. While Adam Gilchrist (if he recovers completely from his hamstring injury), David Hussey and Shaun Marsh will continue to be the pillars of the KXIP, they have discovered some gems in Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Mann Singh and Parvinder Awana. Gurkeerat, playing only his second IPL game, held his nerve and played a match-winning knock against DC, while Awana has impressed right through the tournament with his pace, discipline and ability to take big wickets.
Among the DD bowlers, keep an eye on Morne Morkel, who has a chance to firm up his grip on the Purple Cap. The South African has taken 21 wickets and has taken wickets in all but one of the in 13 matches he has played this season. Previous Meetings
Kings XI Punjab have won five of their eight matches against the Delhi Daredevils. The Mohali franchise, who won both the meetings in IPL 2008, also got the better of DD once in the next three seasons.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams (at Dharamsala in IPL 2011), powered by Paul Valthaty’s 62 and a cameo from Shaun Marsh, Kings XI Punjab posted 170 for six, and then, restricted their opponents to 141 for eight. Trivia
Kings XI Punjab have an outstanding record in away games this season – they’ve won five of their seven matches when playing outside the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Among players who’ve scored more than five half-centuries in the IPL, Shaun Marsh (14 half-centuries in 40 innings) has the second-best innings-per-fifty ratio. Marsh’s ratio of a half-century every 2.9 innings ranks second to Chris Gayle’s 2.8 (14 half-centuries in 39 innings)
Both teams will next be seen in action on May 17. While Kings XI Punjab will host the Chennai Super Kings at the beautiful HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, the Delhi Daredevils will play host to the Royal Challengers Bangalore later the same evening.
Match 63 of DLF IPL 2012 features the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders.
A win for KKR in this contest would quell any existing possibilities of them not making it to the playoffs and firm up their chances of finishing among the top two in the league. The Chennai Super Kings (contenders for a place in the playoffs) will be among the first teams to finish their league season. It will serve them well to win both their remaining matches and decide their fate on their own terms rather than leave it to permutations and combinations from results of other contenders’ matches.
While KKR come into this contest after suffering a 27-run defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians, the Chennai Super Kings will look to carry forward the momentum from their nine-wicket thrashing of the Delhi Daredevils.
Monday, May 14, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kolkata Knight Riders’ successful campaign has been built on the performances of their skipper Gautam Gambhir and spinner Sunil Narine. Gambhir has had an incredible run since taking the decision to open the innings; he had scored more than 20 in seven consecutive innings (and converted four of those to half-centuries) before falling for naught in the previous match against the Mumbai Indians. Sunil Narine has been on a different plane altogether; apart from taking 15 wickets – the most by a KKR bowler – he has also strangled the opposition, conceding runs at an economy rate of 5.47.
Keep an eye on Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina to do the bulk of the damage especially since they bat in the top order. Vijay, after a poor start to the tournament – which resulted in him getting dropped for a few games – has shown signs of form in the last few matches. He looked in good nick in the previous match against the Delhi Daredevils when he scored a fluent 48. Raina has had several starts this season, but is yet to play a match-winning innings. Given the importance of this match, expect him to come up with something special.
Also keep an eye on CSK’s Ben Hilfenhaus. After conceding 14 runs off his last three deliveries in a thriller against the Mumbai Indians, the Australian has come back strongly to pick up Man-of-the-Match awards in two consecutive matches. Previous Meetings
The Chennai Super Kings have a 5-3 win-loss record from their nine meetings against the Kolkata Knight Riders (with one fixture in Cape Town washed out by showers).
When these teams have met at the Eden Gardens, it is the visitors who’ve fared better than the hosts. CSK have beaten KKR in two of the three matches at the Eden Gardens. However, KKR hold the edge going into this contest having beaten the defending champions in their last two games. Trivia
The Chennai Super Kings have only managed four half-centuries this season; Faf du Plessis scored three fifties, while S Badrinath scored 57 against the Pune Warriors India.
Among players who’ve bowled 100 overs or more in Twenty20 cricket, Sunil Narine’s economy rate of 5.15 is second best to Trinidad & Tobago’s Samuel Badree. What next?
The Kolkata Knight Riders will be seen in action next at the Wankhede Stadium on May 16 when they take on the Mumbai Indians. The Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, will turn up at the hill station of Dharamsala where they will take on Kings XI Punjab on May 17.