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A rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils outfit will be looking to make it 2-0 at their new home in Raipur when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. During their game against the Pune Warriors India on Sunday, the entire team operated like a well-oiled machine and contributed towards their 15-run win.
One of these crucial contributions that night came from the blade of Kedar Jadhav, who has also taken on the responsibility of ‘keeping wicket for his team.
“This is the first time I’m ‘keeping at a high level, but I do ‘keep at the club level. I always enjoy it,” said Jadhav. “Whenever I get a chance, I try to ‘keep wicket, even during practice. It is one thing I am used to.”
Apart from his glove work, the Maharashtra batter has also been playing a key role in the middle order for the Daredevils. He attributes a good preceding domestic season to his productive run in IPL 2013.
“I have been playing well throughout the domestic season, so my confidence level is good. And I have belief in my ability, in that if I stay till the end, I can score more runs. This is because my batting style is attacking,” Jadhav said.
The 28-year-old was also all praises about the brand new IPL venue at Raipur.
“The wicket here is quite good, because we made 164 in the last match,” said Jadhav. “There is good bounce in it, the ground is also superb and the facilities are also great.”
The Daredevils will, therefore, be hoping for another good outing at their new home ground when they meet a KKR side that has been battling indifferent form of late.
Jadhav, meanwhile, is focusing on his role in the middle order, where he has had a fair bit of success. “Obviously, I like the role that I’m playing right now. I am enjoying batting in the death overs, since it is a different challenge,” Jadhav said.
Match 42 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature the Pune Warriors India and Chennai Super Kings. PWI and CSK have both played nine matches but are separated by seven teams on the table. While CSK top the table with seven victories, PWI lie at the floor of the table with just two victories and a very poor net run rate.
PWI have been at the receiving end in their last three matches. After failing to chase down 120 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they were blown away by Chris Gayle and Royal Challengers Bangalore. In their most recent outing against the Delhi Daredevils, PWI put up a good fight in their chase of 165 but eventually fell short by 15 runs.
CSK have made winning a habit. Since handing the Delhi Daredevils a 86-run defeat, CSK have clung on to three last over finishes and most recently got the better of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 8 p.m
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
The T20 format is such, that runs from the top-order has a direct bearing on the team’s chances of winning. Given that principle, it is important that Pune Warriors India realise plenty of runs from Aaron Finch, Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh. All three players have been in good form but haven’t carried on converting them to big scores.
Michael Hussey’s 95 which powered CSK to 200 in their match against KKR only reinforced how important a player he is in CSK’s ranks. A solid player at the top of the order, Hussey also has the game to change gears and take on the bowlers when needed. His presence in the line-up gives the likes of Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo the opportunity play their natural attacking style of cricket.
Among the quick bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (PWI) and Chris Morris (CSK) are the ones to look out for. Rahul Sharma (PWI) and R Ashwin (CSK) have very impressive economy rates in the T20 format and how they fare could have a significant impact on which team does well in the match.
Chennai Super Kings have won three of their five matches against Pune Warriors India. CSK won both their matches against PWI in the 2011 season before both teams won their respective away games in the 2012 season.
When the teams met at Chennai earlier this season, PWI caused an upset as they posted 159 and then restricted the hosts to 135 to win by 24 runs.
Pune Warriors India batsmen have posted 13 scores of 30 or more this season but only three of them have been converted to 50 or more.
Pune Warriors India have conceded the most sixes this season – 50.
Both teams will be seen in action next on May 2. Pune Warriors India will host Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will head back home to host Kings XI Punjab.