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Match 14 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature the Delhi Daredevils and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Delhi Daredevils, who are a very formidable team, are yet to get their act together this season. They’ve lost their first three matches, lie at the floor of the table, and need to get a move on quickly. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile got off to a flying start winning both their home matches before RCB returned the favour they received in Hyderabad when they handed SRH a sound thrashing in Bangalore.
Friday, April 12, 2013, 8 p.m
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Virender Sehwag is likely to be available and that will be a huge boost to the Daredevils. The team has struggled for early momentum – and while Sehwag’s hit and miss methods does not promise a definite start – on the days he gets going he can take the match away from the opposition in no time. David Warner has played two uncharacteristic innings recently; the Daredevils will be better served if the Australian gets back to playing his natural game.
Cameron White and Thisara Perera are among the two most dangerous cricketers in the Sunrisers line-up. White, one of the earliest players to crack the code to succeed in T20 cricket, has batted impressively in the last two matches and it will be crucial for him to carry the form. Perera is capable of causing a lot of damage in little time, and hence his contribution in the finishing stages could crucial too.
Among the bowlers, the battle between Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel promises to be a mouth-watering contest.
This will be the first time these two teams will be meeting. However, the Delhi Daredevils boast a 7-4 win-loss record against the earlier Hyderabad franchise Deccan Chargers.
Delhi Daredevils have a better record while playing away than while playing at home. Their win percentage at home is 43.33%, while it shoots up to 53.06% when they play on the road.
Delhi Daredevils will be seen in action next on April 20 when they take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile head to Kolkata for their away fixture against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders on April 14.
Match 13 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature a battle between two teams with contrasting fortunes. Pune Warriors India, who’ve lost their first two matches and lie at the bottom of the table, play host to the Rajasthan Royals who’ve won two out of two and are sitting pretty in the top half of the table.
A very good team on paper, the Pune Warriors haven’t quite got their act together. The team failed to chase down 126 and suffered an embarrassing 22-run defeat in their opening match at home. Things went from bad to worse in the second game when, sans Yuvraj Singh, they batted out their entire 20 overs but only managed to post 99 runs on the board. Robin Uthappa, Marlon Samuels, Ross Taylor and Angelo Mathews have reputations of being very dangerous batsmen; but between them, they’ve only managed to contribute 97 runs in two matches and that has hurt the team big time. Having lost two matches, they will want to get their first points on the board and they have a good chance of doing so when they play this home fixture.
The Rajasthan Royals may not possess too many superstars in their line-up. But their strength lies in the fact that all the players in the line-up play with freedom and punch above their weight. The team would have learnt their lessons from last season, when they won four of their first six matches but only managed to win three of their remaining ten, eventually missing out on a Play-Off berth by just one win.
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8 p.m
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
The Pune Warriors India will look forward to the return of Yuvraj Singh to their line-up. The southpaw had to miss the previous game owing to back injury and is more than likely to be available for this match. Also keep an eye on Ross Taylor whose place in the XI could come under the scanner after two poor outings and with growing voices for the inclusion of Steve Smith. The 23-year old Smith was Pune Warriors’ second-highest run-getter last season and was in good touch during Australia’s Test series in India recently.
For Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane showed glimpses of good form in the previous match. Given his growth chart as a cricketer, he will be expected to play a key role for the Royals. Shane Watson didn’t contribute too much in his first outing and he will be itching to make a bigger contribution, as will Brad Hodge whose knock was chiefly responsible in RR posting a respective total against KKR.
The Rajasthan Royals have a 100% record against Pune Warriors India. The two teams have so far met on three occasions and the Rajasthan Royals have won each of those matches.
Pune Warriors India will be very keen to improve on their home record; the team has only managed to win two of the nine matches they’ve played at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.
Siddharth Trivedi is the Rajasthan Royals’ most-capped player; he has played 61 of the franchises 76 matches in the IPL.
Pune Warriors India will hop across the city to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to take on the Mumbai Indians on April 13 while the Rajasthan Royals will head back home to host Kings XI Punjab on April 14.