Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 14 May 2012 - 08:48pm IST
Preview: Match 64 – DD v KXIP
League leaders Delhi Daredevils host confident Kings XI Punjab
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.
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.
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.
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.