Delhi Daredevils v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Cape Town

Scorchers fight for survival against Daredevils

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

October 20, 2012

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October 21, 2012
Start time 1330 (1130 GMT)


Simon Katich prepares to play a shot, Kolkata Knight Riders v Perth Scorchers, Group A, Champions League T20, Durban, October 17, 2012
The experienced Simon Katich will be key against Daredevils' attack © Getty Images
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Perth Scorchers haven't won a game yet and now they need to win two in two. Their first challenge is to get past a star-studded Delhi Daredevils team - the only IPL team with some stakes left in the tournament. Daredevils are comfortably placed at this stage, second behind the Titans in the group. If Daredevils win, it will be the first win for an IPL team over a non-IPL team in the tournament.

Scorchers' batsmen will be tested against Morne Morkel and Co, especially as their openers - Herchelle Gibbs and Shaun Marsh - haven't looked fluent in the two outings. However, both batsmen are capable of teeing off and the extra pace from Daredevils' bowlers might suit them. Scorchers' bowling will have to stand up against a battery of hard-hitting batsmen - one of them being Kevin Pietersen, who made a fruitful round-trip to London this week that has earned him a berth on England's India tour. There are no outright fast bowlers in Scorchers' line up and Brad Hogg, whose wrong'un is always hard to pick, will have to take the lead.

What the teams need the most, though, is some scorching sun as wet weather has been robbing the teams of a chance to fight it out in the middle. Another washout could push Scorchers out of the tournament, like Kolkata Knight Riders. Daredevils' last match was abandoned due to rain too and although they are in a better position, they need some game time going forward. Unfortunately, some rain has been predicted in Cape Town tomorrow.

Watch out for...

Nineteen-year old Unmukt Chand showed glimpses of his ability in the match against Knight Riders. After Daredevils had lost their top three within the first ten, Chand steadied the innings with a 27-ball 40. The shot of that innings was probably the slap over covers that went all the way for a six. On Sunday, eyes will be again on him to see if he can exhibit more of his ability.

Thirty seven-year old Simon Katich is not known as a T20 player but he has scored 1585 runs in the format and led New South Wales to a win in the inaugural Champions League. A doughty batsman, he showed in the rain-affected match against Knight Riders that he can accelerate an innings without taking too much risk. His job, though, would be to camp in the middle and allow other batsmen to play more attacking cricket around him.

Quotes

"The enthusiasm of youth is important in this format and the guys making their way up the ranks have a big role to play. But you need some older guys, not only from the performance point of view but also tactically."
Simon Katich

"Yesterday in the nets he [Umesh Yadav] was coming in smoothly and was able to generate a lot of pace and he was swinging the ball away from the batsman, which is a very good sign, which he was not doing a couple of months back."
Delhi Daredevils' team mentor TA Sekar is happy with Umesh Yadav's progress

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Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

@maddy20, buddy, an ODI world cup comes every four years - and India's record against Pakistan is unblemished.

Outside of world cups, however, let us take a look:

The equation is still 69-48. The best venue might have been UAE with 19 wins and 7 losses, but the second best venue has always been India. 17 wins to 10 losses in their own backyard. The only two venues in which India's record is better are Australia and Bangladesh, which have a combined 16 matches with 6 wins to 10 losses net.

At every other venue across the globe, Pakistan have OWNED India - and the two have played each other in 11 countries!

Pakistan batting first - 67, won 38 lost 26. Pakistan batting second - 54, won 31 lost 22.

Won Toss - 58, Won 33, lost 24. Lost Toss - 63, Won 36, lost 24.

India have still a lot of catching up to do before you can start chest thumping.

Pakistan just have to win one WC game to break that perfect record in WCs. :)

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (October 21, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

I, as well as most of the Sri Lankans, love Delhi Daredevils as much as our national team, because of Mahela. We want to see Delhi Daredevils win the tournament. Hope Mahela's strategies, Morkel's tricky balls, Peterson's quick smashes, Sehwag's sudden storms will lead lead Daredevils to the utmost, and win the cup... Wish DD all the best... :)

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 21, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@Maddy20,i think this z an ovr.statment ,ON A SERIOUS NOTE I DN,T THINK SO that they r betr than SS.SINCE SS Z A DOMESTIC TEAM SO IT SHOULD B COMPARD WITH OTHR DOMESTIC TEAMS SO "FOREIGNERS" MUSTN'T B CONSIDRD WHIL COMPARING.

Posted by maddy20 on (October 21, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover They will be better than any of the Pakistani t20 teams like Sialkot Stallions. Thats for sure. Any WC any place any time, if its India vs Pak in England, SA,India, SL, anywhere it does not make a difference!

Posted by may_the_best_win on (October 21, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

3 IPL teas already out!! waiting for the 4th one!! hahaha.. so much for the arrognace!! :)

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Hemanth.reddy Well that was in 2010 if im not wrong but ye still shaun marsh is the threat but mitchel marsh is the main threat for the DD bowlers and same with marcus north if he gets going that might have an huge impact on the match

Posted by may_the_best_win on (October 21, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

3 IPL teams already out.. waiting for the 4th one!!! hahaha ... so much for the arrogance

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

should play this tournament in perth...no rain here

Posted by hemanth.reddy on (October 21, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

before this match we should rewind the match dd vs punjab .in which delhi won after scoring 236 in 20 ov ,in chasing shaun marsh threatened delhi bowlers by scoring 90+ runs . so shaun knows delhi bowling and so he is dangerous tonight.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 21, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

WELL DIS WAS QUITE OBVIOUS SINCE ipl teams R nt gd enuff to play outside india even in the presence of OVR.SEAS PLYRS,I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPEND,HAD THESE "4 PLAYRS" NT BEEN PLAYNG 4 THESE IPL TEAMS.ONE MUST REMEMBR THAT SIDES 4RM SA HAV VRY FEW INTRNATIONAL STARS IN THEM.

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