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To stay alive in the race for the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs, Kings XI Punjab must defeat the Delhi Daredevils in Match 67 of Pepsi IPL 2013. KXIP have six wins from 14 matches – including their seven-wicket victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous match. Delhi Daredevils, with three wins from 14 matches, will be keen to arrest their four-match losing streak and stay off the floor of the table.
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8 p.m
HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Adam Gilchrist, who aggregated 162 runs in ten outings prior to the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, decided it was time for him to turn up to the party. With his team in a back-to-the-wall situation, the KXIP skipper scored a breathtaking unbeaten 85 (off 54 balls) and powered his team’s chase of 175. Given his reputation of being a big-match player (century in the final of World Cup 2007 & 85 in semi-final of IPL 2009), expect runs from him yet again. Expect Shaun Marsh and David Miller to turn on the heat too. Both players have gone off the boil in recent times and will be looking to make contributions yet again.
David Warner has been the one bright light in what has been a disastrous season for the Delhi Daredevils. Despite being asked to bat at the unfamiliar number four position, he is the team’s leading run-getter by a comfortable margin. In a team which has struggled to get runs on the board, Warner will need to get runs yet again and hope the likes of Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand can contribute too.
Kings XI Punjab’s victory over the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium earlier this season meant the overall head-to-head record between the two teams now sways in favour of them. KXIP have won six of their 11 matches against DD. In the last meeting between the two teams on 23 April 2013, KXIP restricted the hosts to 120 for seven and knocked off the runs in 17 overs to register a convincing five-wicket victory.
Off the seven IPL matches played at the HPCA Stadium previously, five have been won by teams which have won the toss. The average first innings total in IPL matches at the HPCA Stadium is 175.
Kings XI Punjab will complete their Pepsi IPL 2013 league campaign with a match against the Mumbai Indians on May 18. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile head to Pune to play their final match of the season. They are scheduled to take on Pune Warriors India at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on May 19.
Undefeated at home, victories in the last four matches, qualified for the Pepsi IPL 2013 Playoffs, thumping victories in the previous match – all things common for Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals – the two teams that clash in Match 66 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
In their previous match, MI pulled off what looked like an improbable run chase against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, while RR caused an upset in their previous match when they chased down 142 to defeat the Chennai Super Kings.
Whichever of the two teams walks away with the two points in this match will have taken a step closer to finishing among the top two places in the standings.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Just how valuable a player is Kieron Pollard? The Mumbai Indians all-rounder answered the question in style the other day, powering his team to what at one point looked an improbable run-chase. The focus will certainly be on the Trinidadian after that special effort. But the ones who have steadily scored the runs for MI are their skipper Rohit Sharma (who in the previous match played perfect second fiddle with Pollard going all guns) and Dinesh Karthik who has consistently scored runs batting at number three.
Man to man, Rajasthan Royal might not be too much of a match for the Mumbai Indians. However, what has worked for the team is that every individual has played their part to near perfection. The three most important batsmen central to RR’s plans are skipper Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson.
Mumbai Indians score over their opponents in the bowling department too – for reasons of class and variety. In Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha & Harbhajan Singh, MI have four bowlers who’ve had a lot of success at the international level. RR meanwhile have relied largely on James Faulkner to get them early breakthroughs.
Overall, RR & MI have met 11 times (including the one abandoned fixture) and both teams have won five matches apiece.
Mumbai Indians will remember the 87-run defeat they received at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur earlier this year. That defeat is Mumbai Indians’ biggest defeat in the IPL.
The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been a high-scoring venue this season. Only once in seven matches has the team batting first posted under 150. The average first innings total in matches played there this season is 178.
Mumbai Indians will finish their Pepsi IPL 2013 league season with a trip to Dharamsala where they take on Kings XI Punjab on May 18. Rajasthan Royals meanwhile head to Hyderabad (to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17) for their final league fixture of the season.