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Match 14 of the DLF IPL 2012 will feature two teams with contrasting fortunes thus far. Kings XI Punjab have struggled to compete and were beaten comprehensively in both their matches. Adam Gilchrist’s team will be glad to be back to familiar surroundings – they will be playing their first home game of the season – and will be keen to open their account.
Sourav Ganguly’s Pune Warriors India meanwhile have won both their games; they first beat the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium and then followed it up with a convincing victory over KXIP in Pune. When
Thursday, April 12, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
For Kings XI Punjab to start competing, their captain Adam Gilchrist needs to start scoring big runs at the top of the order. For a team that doesn’t have many other match-winners, Gilchrist and his fellow Australian David Hussey – who is among the most-experienced cricketers in Twenty20 cricket – need to score the bulk of the runs. They will also need batsmen like Paul Valthaty to play the supporting role.
KXIP will also look to give Azhar Mahmood his first IPL cap; the 37-year old has been in good form with the bat in Twenty20 cricket recently. His 117 Twenty20 appearances coupled with his all-round contribution could just be the boost his side needs.
Pune Warriors India will be glad that their all-rounders are contributing; Marlon Samuels, Robin Uthappa and Steven Smith have been impressive in both the matches so far. Samuels has contributed with both bat and ball in both games, and Uthappa has scored valuable runs and has been very sharp behind the stumps. Previous Meetings
Matches between Kings XI Punjab and the Pune Warriors India have so far been one-sided contests with the latter winning on all three occasions. In the most recent fixture between these teams at the magnificent Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, PWI posted 166 for six batting first, and then restricted their opponents to 144 for eight to emerge victors by 22 runs. Trivia
Adam Gilchrist is one of only two cricketers (the other being Chris Gayle) to have scored two centuries in the IPL.
KXIP’s Azhar Mahmood has received 16 Man-of-the-Match awards in Twenty20 cricket; only Brad Hodge has won more – 17. What next?
Both teams will return to action over the weekend. PWI will hurry back home following this fixture as they are scheduled to host the Chennai Super Kings on April 14. KXIP will take the field on Sunday afternoon when they clash with the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 15.
Match 13 of the DLF IPL 2012 will see two South Indian teams – and finalists of IPL 2011 – go head-to-head. The Chennai Super Kings, who were comprehensively outplayed by the Delhi Daredevils in their previous outing, have looked scratchy in their three matches so far. They will look to pocket the two points from this home fixture.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to recover from the shock defeat at the hands of the Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match. A top order comprising Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers only mustered 18 runs in that match, and RCB fell short of their target by a whopping 42 runs. When Thursday, April 12, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings have looked out of sorts in the three matches they’ve played this season and their problem starts right at the top of the innings. Their opening partnerships have been 4, 2 and 0, and opener Murali Vijay has only managed scores of 10, 2 and 0. He will be aware of the pressure on him to deliver the goods. Keep an eye on the 28-year-old to come out firing.
There will be pressure on Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin too. They were key contributors to CSK’s title run in IPL 2011, but this year, they haven’t set the stage on fire yet. Expect them to turn on the heat – especially while playing at home, where they’ve got fabulous records.
It is not often that Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers fail in the same match. That happened in RCB’s match against KKR. The team from Bangalore will want to flush that memory away quickly. Look out for fireworks from Gayle, who looked out of sorts in his first outing this season. The Jamaican opener batted for eight balls to score 2 runs against KKR, and he will want to start delivering those big blows that made him a heartthrob with RCB fans last season.
The two teams have so far met on 11 occasions – including in the final of IPL 2011 – and MS Dhoni’s team holds a slight edge in the head-to-head comparison. CSK has won six matches, including three of the four fixtures in IPL 2011. Royal Challengers Bangalore meanwhile will be aware that they’ve won just one of the four fixtures at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. They will be hoping to improve on that record. Trivia
Chennai Super Kings have an outstanding record at Chepauk; they’ve won 15 out of their 23 IPL matches at the venue.
CSK’s Albie Morkel holds the record for the most ‘not outs’ in the IPL; he’s been unbeaten in 21 off his 47 IPL innings. What next?
Chennai Super Kings head to Pune to take on the Pune Warriors India on April 14, while Daniel Vettori and co. will enjoy a couple of days off before they take on the Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals on April 15.