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Kings XI Punjab host table-toppers Delhi Daredevils
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 18 May 2012
Table-toppers Delhi Daredevils take on Kings XI Punjab in Match 69 of DLF IPL 2012.
Both teams need a victory in this match for varying reasons. Though DD were the first team to secure a playoff berth, they haven’t been as convincing as they were in the middle part of the tournament. Virender Sehwag’s team have only managed to win two of their last five matches, and they will be hoping to get some form going; get some momentum; and start feeling good before heading into the playoffs.
Kings XI Punjab, meanwhile, need to win to give themselves the chance to progress to the playoffs. They were faced with a similar situation prior to the last match too; the victory over the Chennai Super Kings in the previous match has given them a chance to make it to the top four. They will need to pick up the two points in this contest too and then hope for other results to go their way.
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Given how much rides on this match, expect the experienced cricketers in the KXIP line-up to come to the party. He may be a year older and may not have played a lot of cricket over the last year, but Adam Gilchrist still can pack a punch in his shots – as the Chennai Super Kings discovered in their previous game. Expect him to come out all guns blazing in this do-or-die clash.
Keep an eye on David Hussey too; the Australian didn’t do too much in the previous match, and he will be keen to contribute to his team’s cause in this all-important fixture. His fellow-Australian, Shaun Marsh, who was benched in the previous match, hasn’t had a great run recently. He will – if he gets an opportunity to play – want to finish the league stage on a high note.
With the incentive to finish among the top two places in the points table, Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag and his opening partner David Warner will be keen to come out of the string of low scores they’ve had in their last three matches. The two players can win matches singlehandedly, and will be keen to hit some form before entering the playoffs.
Also, keep an eye on Sehwag’s decision-making; he will be faced with a dilemma in selecting his foreign players, given that both Ross Taylor and Andre Russell impressed (and did a lot of damage even if they didn’t take the team to a win) in their previous match against RCB.
The two bowlers to watch out for are Morne Morkel and Parvinder Awana. The former (21 wickets) has the chance to wrest back the Purple Cap, while the latter has the chance to further enhance the reputation he has built this season.
The head-to-head between Kings XI Punjab and the Delhi Daredevils reads 5-4 in favour of the former.
Apart from the inaugural season in 2008 – when KXIP beat DD on both occasions – these teams have shared honours evenly in each of the next three seasons.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams at Delhi earlier this season, the Delhi Daredevils – powered by a calm half-century from Mahela Jayawardene and a cameo from Naman Ojha – chased down 137 to win by five wickets.
The Delhi Daredevils have affected 14 run-outs this season – the most by any team in IPL 2012.
Kings XI Punjab, meanwhile, have lost 13 wickets to run-outs – the most any team has lost to that mode of dismissal this season.
Having played all their league fixtures, both teams will wait to see how events pan out with regards to playoffs berths. The Delhi Daredevils will be keen to know their exact standing among the four qualifying teams. Meanwhile, even a victory in this match will not ensure KXIP’s passage to the playoffs; they will hope to beat the Delhi Daredevils here and hope other results go their way.
Playoff hopeful Royals take on Chargers in Hyderabad
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 17 May 2012
The Rajasthan Royals, who will be back in action after a four-day break, need to clinch the two points on offer in this match against the Deccan Chargers to remain in the race to the playoffs.
RR have 14 points from as many matches. For them to make it to the playoffs, they not only need to win here, but also hope other results to go their way. And then, they need to beat the Mumbai Indians in the final league fixture of the season.
The Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, have the proverbial “pride” to play for. With only two wins from 14 matches, they lie on the ground floor of the table. While batting first, the Deccan Chargers have scored more than 157 – the par score in IPL 2012 – on seven occasions, but they’ve only managed to defend it twice. That fact clearly highlights that their bowling department hasn’t quite delivered the goods. In their last outing, DC posted 190 for four batting first, but still ended up on the losing side as Kings XI Punjab chased the total down off the last ball. When
Friday, May 17, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White are the two batsmen in the Deccan Chargers’ ranks who’ve performed consistently almost right through IPL 2012. Dhawan seems to be going through a dream run; he’s scored over 500 runs this season and has only one single-figure score from 13 innings. White, meanwhile, has scored more runs in IPL 2012 than all his previous seasons put together, and is the team’s second-highest run-getter.
Rajasthan Royals’ success this season has been based on the starts provided by their openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid. Both players have gone off the boil in the last few matches. But given how much is riding on this game, expect them to come out with a lot more intent.
Keep an eye on Shane Watson and Shaun Tait too. While the former is ranked among the world’s top all-rounders and is capable of winning matches single-handedly with both bat and ball, Tait is capable of running through sides with his pace.
The head-to-head record between the Deccan Chargers and the Rajasthan Royals is rather lopsided in favour of the latter; of the eight matches between the two teams, the Rajasthan Royals have emerged victorious on seven occasions.
The Rajasthan Royals have won each of the last four meetings between the two teams. In the most recent meeting between the two teams (at Jaipur, earlier this season) the Royals successfully chased down 197 to win by five wickets. Trivia
The Deccan Chargers have an awful record at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium; they’ve won only one of their 15 IPL fixtures at the venue.
No Deccan Chargers’ player has scored more runs in a season than Shikhar Dhawan, who has tallied 538 runs from 13 matches in IPL 2012 so far.
The Deccan Chargers have lost five of their six home matches this season.
No Rajasthan Royals’ player has scored more runs in a season than Ajinkya Rahane’s, who has tallied 541 runs from 14 matches in IPL 2012 so far. What next?
The Deccan Chargers will play host to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the penultimate league fixture of the season on May 20, while the Rajasthan Royals will head back home and prepare to host the Mumbai Indians in the final league fixture of IPL 2012 later on the same day.