Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 15 May 2013 - 09:50pm IST
Preview : Match 67 – KXIP vs DD
Can KXIP continue their progress?
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.