Auckland Aces v Delhi Daredevils, Group A, CLT20, Durban October 18, 2012

Auckland look to trip up Daredevils

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Match facts

October 19, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)

Big Picture

Delhi Daredevils have looked the best IPL side in the tournament, and they will be the favourites against Auckland Aces, but many a team has learned the hard way that you take Aces lightly at your own peril.

If Daredevils win, though, and win it big, they will be pretty close to qualifying for the semi-finals. They have carried good net run rate from the big win against Kolkata Knight Riders, and a second win will put them in a strong position in the group. Kevin Pietersen, who had left for meetings with England team director after the win against Knight Riders, is expected to be back in time for this game, and he will be buoyed by having settled his differences with the England team.

Aces, on the other hand, had their excellent run of wins rudely interrupted when they came up against group leaders Titans. They have won many a fan by winning both their qualifiers, and also their first game, but they can ill afford a defeat. Having camped in the Highveld well before the tournament, they have played there as if it's their own backyard, but they struggled in Durban. They will hope they catch their opponents similarly unawares when Daredevils play their first game at Kingsmead.

Watch out for...

Azhar Mahmood, with 137 runs at 68.5 and 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.57, has been Auckland's highest wicket-taker and their highest run-getter, and easily one of the best players in the tournament. Auckland will look to him to provide inspiration against the much-fancied opposition.

Daredevils' top order has been the talk of the town, but Morne Morkel is equally important to their chances in the tournament. He leads an attack that can look weak without him, and will be pretty handy under the lights in Durban.

Stats and trivia

  • This is Simon Taufel's 92nd match as a Twenty20 umpire, more than anyone else.
  • With 10 wickets, Mahmood is the leading bowler in the tournament.

Quotes

"Keep it simple, focus on our strengths and try and execute a good game plan. And results will take care of themselves. We need to focus. We are not going to win matches by just turning up, we need to keep performing, we have to be consistent and win that. So we have to try and do that."
Delhi Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene doesn't want to get ahead of himself

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sinhaya on October 19, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    This is now 3 games in 3 abandoned in the CLT20 2012! Also, the Uva Trinidad match was also washed out without a result due to rain. If this happened in Sri Lanka, fans worldwide will say Sri Lanka is the worse place to have a tournament. Any thought on South Africa getting this. Please dont single out Sri Lanka in terms of weather. I am making a kind request here. Look at Sri Lanka's home series this year. Hosted England for 2 tests and no rain interruptions. Pakistan came and only 2 ODIs were rain hit (1 no result other DL based) and 1 out of 3 tests were rain hit. India came in July and all 5 ODIs and T20 went hassle free. SLPL had 7 games rain hit I agree. Then the world T20 was perfectly fine (2 were DL declared and only 1 was no result). Compare the last T20 in West Indies where 3 games were DL declared and one was no result.

  • InsideHedge on October 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @Ranjith Shakthi: Try to keep yourself infomed, Varun Aaron has been out injured for the longest time, that's why he's at the NCA. And, btw, he and only he is responsible for the injury.

  • aby_prasad on October 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    easiest match for dd? rain? rite! auckland aces have given blistering performances my friend,they arent weak. But im sick of comments like... when if an ipl team loses, they r flat pitch bullies, if they win, its bcos of their foreign bowlers. if yorkshire or auckland aces lose, well then its a bad day!

  • dummy4fb on October 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    hard to get as why these tournaments are organised at the places where there is every chance of Rain spoiling the party...

  • InsideHedge on October 19, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    @BravoBravo: I guess you'll be disappointed (as usual) when your wishes for a non-Indian winner fails to materialise. Remember the feeling last year? They call it deja-vu.

  • ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on October 19, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Rain are taking IPL Team Points.

    MI & KKR were winning the match.

    This one DD v/s AA was easiest of match for DD. I think International team(DD) v/s some small Club Team(AA)

  • Sumair.anwar on October 19, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I cant understand why people on his forum are only talking about guptill and aazhar mahmood, why not lou vincent , he is always a support in start scores big runs in few balls. and in DD except kp all are asian players and these pitch doessnt suite asian players that is why 3 teams of IPL are gone, and i think Delhi is the only hope for IPL , i hope they perform well, but all my favourites are auckland aces, conditions suiting them and one match which they lost due to bad eprformance, but before that there performance were excellent, i hope to maintain thier excellent performance

  • cricketloveruk on October 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    again rain its really frustrating, I hope game start as soon as possible

  • Nampally on October 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    It looks like rain is going to save AA from a certain defeat. It is unfair to call this game a draw & award 2 points to each team when DD is so much superior to AA. DD has 4 pronged Pace attack + 5 pronged batting attack. AA has a single guy both in batting & bowling who carried them so far - Azhar Manmood! It is unfair to call this a Draw!.

  • dummy4fb on October 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I do not understand this. Why is Delhi Daredevils are written as Daredevils on the points table, whereas Auckland Aces is written as Auckland. It is so difficult to in absence of a standard naming format.

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