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Daredevils host Super Kings in first home game of IPL 2012
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 09 April 2012
Match 11 of DLF IPL 2012 will see Virender Sehwag’s Delhi Daredevils take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. Sehwag’s boys won their rain-affected opening fixture against the Kolkata Knight Riders but were outplayed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match.
The Men in Yellow recovered well from the jolt they received from the Mumbai Indians in their opening fixture to convincingly beat the Deccan Chargers in their next match.
Tuesday, April 10, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Apart from shouldering the responsibility of being captain, Virender Sehwag also needs to cope with the pressure of being the team’s premier batsman. The dashing opener was dismissed for a first-ball duck in the match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and he will be eager to start accumulating runs. The pressure on him would have eased slightly with the arrival of Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene. Both these players were in outstanding form in the Test series in Sri Lanka recently, and DD fans will be hoping they carry forth that form into the IPL.
Despite his lofty reputation and his record as the leading run-getter in the IPL, Suresh Raina is yet to look convincing in IPL 2012. He will be aware that he is one of the key players in the Chennai Super Kings scheme of things, and he will want to start contributing quickly.
Ravindra Jadeja had a dream outing in the match against the Deccan Chargers; he became the first player in the IPL to score more than 40 runs and take 5 wickets in the same match. Questions were asked about the lofty fee paid for him at the IPL auction, and he has silenced his doubters in the best possible way – by performing on the field.
Keep an eye on Ravichandran Ashwin too. The 25-year old has been MS Dhoni’s go-to man in difficult times. And though he has done well in terms of containing runs in the two outings so far, he’s yet to pick up a wicket, and he’ll be keen to see wickets falling into his kitty. Previous Meetings
MS Dhoni’s boys hold a slight edge as far as clashes between DD and CSK are concerned. Off the seven meetings between the two teams, CSK have won four, while DD have won the remaining three fixtures. In the most recent match between these teams, CSK – led by an incredible assault by Dhoni (63* from 31 balls) and a composed knock by S Badrinath (55*) – posted 176 for 4, and then restricted their opponents to 158 for 6 to win by 18 runs. Trivia
Delhi Daredevils will be keen to improve on their home record from the previous season; they won only one match out of seven (including one ‘No Result’) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in 2011.
Virender Sehwag has a pretty good toss record; he’s won the toss in 22 of the 38 matches he has captained the Delhi Daredevils. Among the long-serving captains, only Adam Gilchrist has a better record, winning 35 tosses in the 56 matches he’s been captain. What next?
Dhoni and co. will head back home after this fixture to host their neighbors the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 12. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile will be out of action for a few days; they will be next seen in action at the Wankhede Stadium on April 16 when they square up against the Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders are yet to open their account and find themselves in the bottom half of the IPL table. They lost their rain-affected opening match to the Delhi Daredevils and then came up second-best in their clash against Pune Warriors India. They will need to start competing quickly, lest the rest of the teams run away and firm up their positions at the top of the table.
When Tuesday, April 10, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore missed their explosive opening pair of Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan in their opening fixture. While a groin injury kept the Jamaican Gayle out, Dilshan was busy competing in the Test series in Sri Lanka. However, both players are expected to be available for this fixture, and their inclusion will be a huge boost to the RCB line-up.
The wily old fox Muttiah Muralidaran may be inching closer to his 40th birthday, but even after bowling in excess of 15500 overs and taking 2183 wickets over 23-year career, he’s still got several tricks up his sleeve.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping for their batsmen to fire. Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir have so far only managed 36 runs in six outings between them, and KKR will need a lot more from them to compete. Also look out for the dangerous Yusuf Pathan. The elder of the Pathan brothers will have fond memories of this venue – he played an absolute blinder (after India were in a hopeless position) and won a one-day international against New Zealand in 2010.
These two teams first met in the inaugural game of the Indian Premier League way back in 2008 when the Kolkata Knight Riders whipped their opponents by 140 runs.
Since then though, RCB have dominated most contests against KKR, and have gone on to win five off the 7 matches they’ve played against each other. In the last season too, RCB won both contests – initially registering a 9-wicket victory at the Eden Gardens, and then winning their rain-affected home fixture by 4 wickets. Trivia
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brendon McCullum holds the record for the highest score in Twenty20 cricket. He scored an unbeaten 158 (for KKR against RCB) in the very first game of the IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Jacques Kallis has scored the most half-centuries in the IPL – 14.
Chris Gayle has contributed an incredible 32.64% of the runs scored by his team in the 12 matches that he has played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After this match, Royal Challengers Bangalore hit the road for their first away game. They travel to Chennai to take on the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk on April 12. The Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, head back home to host Rahul Dravid’s Rajasthan Royals on April 13.