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Table-toppers Delhi Daredevils take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 67 of DLF IPL 2012.
For the Delhi Daredevils, this match presents the opportunity to build momentum heading into the playoffs and a chance to win more points; they’ll be looking to finish among the top two teams in the standings. Royal Challengers Bangalore, meanwhile, need to win here to progress to the playoffs; a slip-up here would render their last league fixture, against the Deccan Chargers, meaningless.
Given how much rides on this game for RCB, they will need to lift themselves from the drubbing they received at the hands of Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in their last match and put up their best bowling performance of the tournament. When
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Given the reputations they carry, Virender Sehwag and David Warner will have to lead Delhi Daredevils’ batting charge. This has been Sehwag’s most successful IPL season ever. With 484 runs, five half-centuries on the trot and three Man-of-the-Match awards, Sehwag has been DD’s best player by a distance.
Warner has had two quiet outings since scoring that century against the Deccan Chargers. Expect him to turn on the heat.
In the RCB line-up, look no further than Chris Gayle. The Jamaican has taken the tournament by storm; despite missing one match, he is the team’s leading run-getter with 578 runs. And unlike in the previous season, he has shown a lot of application and the intention to stay put for longer periods of time.
Keep an eye on RCB’s bowling line-up too. Apart from Muttiah Muralitharan, who has bowled tidily right through the tournament, almost all the other bowlers have come in for stick regularly. For RCB to qualify for the playoffs and progress to the title clash, the bowlers too need to come to the party.
The head-to-head comparison between the Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore stands at five-three in favour of DD.
In the most recent meeting between these two teams – played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru earlier this season – hosts RCB posted 157 for eight and then restricted their opponents to 137 for seven to win by 20 runs. Trivia
• Royal Challengers Bangalore have played better on the road as compared to at home. They’ve won four of their six away matches, but managed to win just three of their eight home fixtures.
• Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils have the two best scoring rates in IPL 2012. While RCB’s overall scoring rate this season is 8.33, Delhi Daredevils are slightly behind with 8.25 runs per over.
On May 19, Delhi Daredevils will be seen in action at Dharamsala when they take on Kings XI Punjab in the last league fixture for both teams. Royal Challengers Bangalore, meanwhile, will travel to Hyderabad on May 20 for their last league game, against the Deccan Chargers.
Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings – who clash in Match 66 of DLF IPL 2012 – are among the five teams still vying for a place in the all-important playoffs.
While KXIP have surprised many with their ascendancy as the tournament has progressed, defending champions CSK seem to be finding form just when it matters.
KXIP enter this contest fresh from a defeat against table-toppers Delhi Daredevils, while CSK – who are peaking at just the right time – will look to extend their three-match winning streak. When
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Where Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
It’s been seven innings since KXIP’s Shaun Marsh has scored a half-century. In a format where the runs scored by the top three batsmen generally dictate the fortune of the team, KXIP are fortunate to have done well despite the poor run of one of their premier batsmen. With KXIP needing to win both their remaining matches to win a chance to progress to the playoffs, Marsh will know it is time to contribute alongside David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saini and Azhar Mahmood.
Despite Chennai Super Kings having a dream batting line-up, it is the contribution of the two openers – Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay – that matters most. Hussey and Vijay have seen their team off to good starts in the last two matches and that has given their middle order a chance to force the pace.
Much like Shaun Marsh in the KXIP line-up, CSK’s Suresh Raina too hasn’t done anything noteworthy in the tournament so far. The leading run-getter in the IPL – and the only player to score over 400 runs in each of the previous seasons of the IPL – Raina is yet to score a half-century in 14 innings this season. He’ll see this game as a good chance to make amends before it’s too late.
Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings have met on nine previous occasions, with the latter emerging victorious six times.
The first of KXIP’s three wins over CSK came in a tied match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in 2010, which they won in the Super Over. KXIP’s two other victories were registered in the last two meetings; they defeated CSK by six wickets in their home fixture in 2011 and then won the away fixture earlier this season by seven runs. Trivia
• Kings XI Punjab have won only two of their five IPL matches at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
• Suresh Raina has now gone 16 matches without a half-century – that’s the longest he’s gone in the IPL without reaching the 50-run mark.
Kings XI Punjab will finish their league season with a home fixture against the Delhi Daredevils at Dharamsala on May 19. Chennai Super Kings, having completed their league fixtures, will closely follow results from other matches to know the line-up for the playoffs.