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DD coach talks about his team’s recent run and the road ahead
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 14 May 2012
One of the most consistent performers in IPL 2012, the Delhi Daredevils will take on Kings XI Punjabat the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. The home team comes into the game after a loss to the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, while the visitors are high on the back of thrilling victory over the Deccan Chargers.
However DD aren’t too bothered by their recent losses and look forward to getting back to their winning ways. Ahead of their match, coach TA Sekar addressed the press here. Excerpts: On the loss against Chennai Super Kings
The thing is we lost quick wickets. In the first six overs, we lost four wickets and all our top batters got out. It happens in Twenty20 cricket very regularly. When you lose four wickets like that, naturally it is going to be difficult to put up a big total [like] 170-180. We could have played better. On whether they have lost their momentum after recent losses
Not really, because the match before that, we won by nine wickets. So that doesn’t really bother us. It’s not a concern at all. On Virender Sehwag’s form
No batsman has scored in every game. He has five continuous fifties, which is a record and in the last match, he got out to a beauty of a delivery and any batsman in the world would have got out to that. It is not that he is just throwing his wicket; he was comprehensively beaten and bowled. Sehwag is one player, if he gets going, all five matches we have won comfortably. Nobody has a 100 percent record. No batsman in the world has got that; [...] it’s a game of chance. Law of averages has to catch up. Maybe in the coming matches he [will have a good run] again. [In] next five matches, we will be near the finals [...] One more purple patch, and we through to the finals. On the Chennai wicket where the finals will be played
The wicket was good. The wicket is a new wicket [...]. The wicket was hard. It was not turning at all. They had prepared a very good wicket. And then, when we bowled, there was bit of dew and the ball came on to the bat nicely. If this kind of wicket is given, it is good for Twenty20 wicket. It is not like a low-bounce or turning [wicket] like previous matches. It is a good wicket.
On Ross Taylor’s role, especially since DD has Sehwag and David Warner batting at the top of the order
More than the role, Ross Taylor is a class batsman. I believe in ‘class is permanent and form is only temporary.’ He has come out of an injury and then he played even though he was not hitting the ball, he was involved in couple of partnerships in the matches we won. With Sehwag, he had a good partnership of 82 [odd runs]. He was sick during the Hyderabad game [against the Deccan Chargers], so that is why we had to drop him. You needed a guy like Ross. You cannot go with just two big hitters at the top. You need a guy like [Mahela] Jayawardene to control the game in the middle. Ross can play both roles; he can control [the innings] and at the same time towards the end, he can hit. He has a good record in the IPL and CLT20, etc. We cannot discount Ross; he is a class player.
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.