Delhi Daredevils v Titans, CLT20, Centurion

All to play for if Auckland wins

The Preview by Mohammad Isam

October 22, 2012

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Match facts

October 23, 2012
Start time 1730 local (1530 GMT)

Virender Sehwag scored 52 off 44 balls, Delhi Daredevils v Perth Scorchers, Champions League T20, Cape Town, October 21, 2012
Virender Sehwag finally hit form in the Champions League T20 © Getty Images

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The semi-finalists from Group A will only be decided after the match between Delhi Daredevils and Titans in case Auckland Aces beat Perth Scorchers in the preceding match. If Perth beat Auckland in the first match, both Titans and Daredevils will be through and the result of second match will only decide who they will play in the semi-finals.

A win for Auckland, however, will put them level with Daredevils on 10 points, and ahead of the Titans who are on eight. If Daredevils win, they will be through to the knockouts along with Auckland. If Titans win, they will finish at the top of the table and the second team will be decided based on the net run rate.

Daredevils will be confident after their hard-fought three-wicket win over Perth in their previous game. They were efficient in their other victory - against Kolkata Knight Riders - but had to sit out eight days between the two wins as the game against Auckland was abandoned.

The Titans had a horrible evening against Knight Riders in their last game when they were bowled out for 89 runs. It was a wake-up call, according to opener Henry Davids, but the timing of the thrashing is worrying. In the previous two games they had much better outings, with comfortable wins against Perth and Auckland.

Watch out for…

For a player whose participation for the Delhi has generated so much interest and divided opinions, Kevin Pietersen has had a quiet campaign so far. He got off to a slow start against Kolkata and fell trying to force the pace. Left-arm spin took care of him in the last game, Michael Beer taking full advantage of his unnecessary aggression. With a place in the semifinal on the line, Pietersen is the best person to expect a big performance from.

Titans however will hope to bring in Roelof van der Merwe the moment Pietersen walks in, not merely because he's a left-arm spinner but because he has bowled three good spells. Van der Merwe is one of the eight bowlers in the tournament who have an economy rate below the five-run mark and the only one among the Titans. He would want to improve on the four wickets, though, and a certain wicket would definitely encourage van der Merwe.


"(The win over the Perth Scorchers) was too close for comfort. We'd have liked to win more easily than this but a win is still a win. We've got to make sure we keep going well and one IPL team goes the distance in the tournament."

Delhi Daredevils all-rounder Irfan Pathan

"This team was due for a bad game and luckily we've got it now. We've got one more game in which we must raise our game some notches higher and play to our potential."

Titans opener Henry Davids

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Posted by CricIndia208 on (October 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

DD is the best team in the world.

Posted by Gappistan on (October 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

The way Mahela is praised here, remind me of The Great Shakib and His avid followers. Mahela is a superb player but DD team is full of such match winners. Even if he go to SL and try to make them champion (dunno when), we have Warner who is a better replacement in South African conditions.

Posted by zan_69 on (October 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

DD is alive bcoz of mahela :) great leader of the cricket :)

Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Kevin Pietersen it is big hiter for t20 this time for sore hiting for delhi halp & jayawardene is top bestman for this year for t20 .

DELHI.DPMD Jayawardene*. V Sehwag. KP Pietersen.U Chand. LRPL Taylor.IK Pathan. NV Ojha†. P Negi .AB Agarkar . M Morkel .UT Yadav

Posted by bliksempie on (October 23, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Bit of a strange match for Morne Morkel, as he plays a competitive game against his own team - should be quite a weird experience for both him and the Titans.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Mahela go back home and develop SL cricket. Why are you wasting your time with DD. As per Indian fans you cant play on bouncy wickets. Did you see how well Rohit and Sachin doing in fast and bouncy wickets?

Posted by sonu77 on (October 23, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Yeah, Jayawardena should be dropped not only from the playing xi but also from the squad :P he is playing nonstop cricket from the begining of the year.He need a rest before the more important series against new zealand.But one thing is sure,delhi will join other 3 IPLteams in Jo'burg airport before the semi's to fly back home :) then sehwag too can take a rest before the England series lol

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 23, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

DD will win because of the best captain of the T20 world Cup.

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 23, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

Jayawardene should be dropped from the team and warner should replace him. so jayawardene can go home and prepare for the NZ series instead of wasting time on this useless tournament. but one thing for sure if mahela is dropped from the team DD wont get past the semi finals without his leadership skills.

Posted by Haleos on (October 22, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

Go DDR go. Will support you wholeheartedly. Any true indian will be with u.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 22, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

Should be a good game for the neutral. I hope Titans pull it off mainly because of the Somerset connection with Thomas and Van Der Merwe who I think is one of the most underrated T20 cricketers and a player I'm sure most Somerset fans would love to have back again.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

DD should play with Warner instead of Jayawardene. Warner should have been captain too. Jaya wardene is hopless. Cant score runs. only good for managing. In that case Warner is the best. Ross Taylor should be in the team. He is better in the middle and classy.

Posted by vrn59 on (October 22, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

Being an Indian, I am supporting Delhi to go all the way in this tournament. They have quality fast bowlers and an internationally acclaimed top order. Even though I'm sure this wont happen, I feel that Warner should be included in place of Jaywardene (even though he's the Captain), as the latter is a liability on fast and bouncy wickets. His Test batting averages in Eng, Aus and SA all hover around 30, which is surprising for a batsman who has scored 10,000 Test runs at an average over 50. My DD XI would be: Warner, Sehwag (C), Pietersen, Chand, Taylor / Jayawardene, N Ojha (wk), I Pathan, Agarkar, M Morkel, Negi / Aaron (if he's fit and available), Yadav. It is likely, however, that Warner will remain out of the first XI.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

DD NRR is way higher than AA. Double Ds will qualify even if they loose unless they loose by a HUGE margin!

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