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The magnificent Eden Gardens in Kolkata will play host to Match 2 of IPL 2012 featuring hosts Kolkata Knight Riders and the Delhi Daredevils. KKR have had a mixed run in the IPL so far and will start their 2012 campaign with the hope of bettering their performance in the previous seasons. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, will look to start off on a high, setting the tone for a successful season; they have never progressed beyond the semi-final stage of the IPL. When
Thursday, April 5, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Keep your eyes on Delhi and India’s opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who will be wearing different jerseys in this game. 2012 hasn’t been the greatest of years for the opening duo; the IPL gives them the chance to go out and express themselves – they could be doubly hungry and doubly dangerous.
Also look out for the big-hitting Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis in the KKR line-up. The former holds the record for scoring the fastest hundred in the IPL (in 37 balls against Mumbai Indians) and is capable of winning matches single-handedly – even from dire situations. Kallis, 36-years-old now, was in outstanding form in IPL 2011, and as always, he will be looking at overcoming the challenges thrown at him.
Both Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders have shared honours in the six previous meetings between them. KKR will believe they hold the edge over their opponents given they’ve won their last two matches against DD. Trivia
• Kolkata Knight Riders have beaten the Delhi Daredevils both times they’ve faced them at the Eden Gardens.
• Kolkata Knight Riders’ Yusuf Pathan is among the top three six-hitters in the IPL. He has so far hit 74 sixes in 58 matches in four editions of the IPL.
• Kolkata Knight Riders’ Shakib-al-Hasan won the Player-of-the-Tournament award in the recently concluded Asia Cup.
Post this fixture, Delhi Daredevils travel down south to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 7, while the Kolkata Knight Riders will be seen in action the following day when they take on the Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Chennai Super Kings skipper says keeping calm helps one’s game
By IPL Staff
Chennai 04 April 2012
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in Chennai looking to defend the IPL title for the second straight time. As the Chennai Super Kings kickstart DLF IPL 2012 with a match against the mighty Mumbai Indians, the pressure will be huge and the stakes high. Dhoni, however, was characteristically calm in his pre-match media interaction.
“We don’t take too much of pressure. We take pride in our performance in fulfilling our roles and responsibilities. The team has gelled well over the last four years and that is our strength. Here it is always about us rather than individuals,” he assured.
Known for his icy cool demeanour under intense pressure, Dhoni believes keeping emotions in check helps one take better decisions in crunch situations.
“I don’t hide pressure but I just let if off when there is no one around. I express it all alone. I don’t think you should be frustrated in the field. It helps to be calm and cool. It is only when you are in this frame of mind that you are able to think calmly; [it] gives you the [chance] to plan some tactics,” he said.
The CSK captain refused to pick favourites in the tournament, saying all nine teams would be a force to reckon with.“All teams are strong. After this year’s auction, all teams have chosen players that will strengthen their team. But I still feel what is most important is how you play on a particular day; that decides your fate.”
For a team with an excellent record on their home ground, CSK struggled to come to terms with the newly laid Chepauk track at CLT20 2011. Was that a worry for the skipper? “I don’t think about any result. The pitch at the Chepauk is a new wicket. It’s new for us and for visiting teams. But I am confident of a good showing. We have players who will be good for these conditions. Home games are important and we will try to win as many [of these] games as possible. We need to adapt according to the changes.”
Dhoni also spoke about CSK’s USD 2 million buy, Ravindra Jadeja. “[He’s] a good pick for us. Not only is he a good bowler and batsman, he’s also a great fielder. He gives some more bowling options [to the team]. Now we can actually go in for a game with seven to eight batsmen.”