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Eighth placed Delhi Daredevils clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 57 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
Table-toppers in IPL 2012, things have not quite clicked for the Delhi Daredevils as they have managed to win only three of their twelve matches so far. After a poor start to the season, DD back got into contention for a place in the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs by winning two matches at Raipur. However, they have failed to carry that momentum forward and have finished second best in their two most recent matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. While a victory in this match will not only bring joy to their supporters, it will also hurt their opponent’s chances of progressing to the Play-Offs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have 14 points from 12 matches, though they have won only one of their six away matches. With several teams tightly packed at the top of the table, RCB need to win at least two more of their remaining four matches to remain in contention for a place in the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs. In their previous outing, RCB were blown away by Kings XI Punjab – thanks to David Miller’s 38-ball century.
Friday, May 10, 2013, 8 p.m
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Given the kind of reputations they carry, Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene and David Warner are the most important batsmen in the Delhi Daredevils’ ranks. While Sehwag and Jayawardene powered DD to a convincing win over KXIP, the team has had little else in terms of match-winning knocks from them. Warner played an influential part in the team’s wins over PWI and KKR and is the team’s top run-getter too. With little or no pressure riding on their shoulders, we could yet see the best from these players.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary have all scored half-centuries for RCB this season. In these circumstances, it would not be wrong to call batting as RCB’s strength. Numbers agree too; RCB have lost the fewest wickets of all the teams this season, have the best overall scoring rate (8.55) and have the highest runs-per-wicket too (34.36). For the third season running, Gayle has scored more than 500 runs in a season and is in a close fight with CSK’s Michael Hussey for the Orange Cap. Though Kohli has not scored a half-century in the last six innings, the lack of runs from him has been made up by spectacular finishes from AB de Villiers who has scored his runs at a strike-rate of 165 this season.
Although the head-to-head record between the Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore reads five wins apiece, it is RCB who have dominated matches between the two teams in recent times. Not only did RCB defeat the Delhi Daredevils in the Super Over when the two teams met at Bengaluru earlier this season, they also beat DD in the three matches prior to that.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the two teams who have not been bowled out this season. Sunrisers Hyderabad is the other team.
Spinners have been very effective at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium; the overall economy rate of spinners this season at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is 6.02 (as opposed to the economy rate of 7.54 for quick bowlers).
Delhi Daredevils head to Chennai for their match against Chennai Super Kings on May 14 while the Royal Challengers Bangalore head to Ranchi for their away fixture against the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 12.
Pune Warriors India will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 56 of the Pepsi IPL 2013.
PWI, who have won only two of their 12 matches, will be keen to stop their seven-match losing streak and give their fans something to cheer about. Despite coming close to winning on several occasions, PWI have found it difficult to seal the deal and that is one of the reasons they find themselves at the floor of the table. In their previous outing, they posted 178, only to see their hosts, Rajasthan Royals, chase it down with one ball to spare.
KKR have looked a shadow of the team that won the IPL in 2012. With four wins (from 12 matches so far), KKR can only get to a maximum of 16 points if they end up winning all their remaining matches. On evidence of the current status of the points table, that will not be sufficient to take them to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs. When they get their act together, KKR are a very formidable team; each of their four wins have been by convincing margins. In their most recent outing, they lost to Mumbai Indians by 65 runs.
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8 p.m
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
That Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa are the only two Pune Warriors India batsmen to post half-centuries this season tells the tale of the team in brief. The pair is also the most successful opening pair this season – with five 50+ partnerships in ten matches at an average of 49.40 and will be expected to continue doing the job at the top of the innings. With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rahul Sharma have stood out in a team which has found it difficult to contain runs.
After scoring three half-centuries in the first five matches, the KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir has only managed 34 runs in the last five innings. Gambhir was the team’s top run-getter in their run to the title last season and his struggles with the bat has had an impact on the team too. With 16 wickets, Sunil Narine is KKR’s top wicket-taker this season. However teams seem to have sorted out the mystery spinner; in the last five matches, Narine has gone wicket-less in three matches and has picked up just one wicket in each of the other two games. It is important that he picks up wickets in a heap – just like he did in the first few games of the season.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have a 100% record against the Pune Warriors India. The two teams have so far met three times – once in 2011 & twice in 2012 – and KKR have emerged victors in each of those matches.
Robin Uthappa has played in every one of the Pune Warriors India’s 42 matches.
The Mumbai Indians will visit the Pune Warriors India for the Maharashtrian Derby on May 11, while the Kolkata Knight Riders will head to their adopted home Ranchi for their clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 12.