Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2011, Kochi April 29, 2011

Kochi desperate to avoid joining Delhi

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Match facts


Saturday, April 30, Kochi
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big picture


Delhi Daredevils are eating with the IPL's wooden spoon at the moment, dwelling at the bottom of the league table, after five defeats in seven matches. Their margins for error are thin and they need to win a substantial number of their remaining games to have a hope of finishing in the top four.

Delhi have just suffered two defeats at home, on a Feroz Shah Kotla pitch transformed to suit their seam-heavy attack and their hard-hitting batsmen. The first loss was against Royal Challengers Bangalore, a match they were in until the very end. The second, against Kolkata Knight Riders, was a thrashing. Their firepower lies in the top order but Virender Sehwag and David Warner have fired in unison only once. The bowling, though, is the problem. In the absence of a quality spinner, their attack is one-dimensional and opposition teams thrive on the lack of variety.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala are seventh in the league. They are a defeat away from being in Delhi's boat. They are a victory away from landing close to the top four. In their previous game, chasing Deccan Chargers' 129, Kochi collapsed for 74. It wasn't a one-off either, for before that game, they were dismissed for 109 by Rajasthan Royals: two collapses that eroded the platform built by three consecutive wins. The fact that Ravindra Jadeja, who's scored 185 in seven innings, is their second-highest run-getter, ahead of Mahela Jayawardene and Brad Hodge, reveals the extent of their batting woes.

Form guide (most recent first)


Kochi Tuskers Kerala: LLWWW (eighth in points table) Delhi Daredevils: LLWLW (tenth in points table)

Team talk


In their previous game - the loss to Kolkata - Delhi fielded David Warner, James Hopes, Morne Morkel and Travis Birt as their overseas players. Morkel was the spearhead of a five-man seam attack also comprising Irfan Pathan, Hopes, Umesh Yadav and Ajit Agarkar. Given that the present composition isn't working, Delhi could considering giving season debuts to either Colin Ingram or Andrew McDonald. Roelof van der Merwe's left-arm spin is another option they might consider to diversify their bowling options.

Kochi's overseas players against Deccan were Jayawardene, McCullum, Hodge and Thisara Perera and that is unlikely to change, unless Muttiah Muralitharan plays for Perera. Both Raiphi Gomez and Kedar Jadhav have not impressed with the bat so far, so perhaps it's worth giving Tanmay Srivastava a go.

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In the spotlight


Jayawardene and McCullum v Warner and Sehwag: Of all the IPL teams, Kochi and Delhi probably rely on their openers the most. Kochi's pair bats with imagination and places the ball into unusual areas. Delhi's duo simply smashes it. In their varying styles, all four are proven destroyers of attacks and the pair that prevails tomorrow is likely to decide the contest.

Venugopal Rao v Ravindra Jadeja: Rao is Delhi's second-highest run-scorer, with 209 at a strike-rate of 129. Jadeja is Kochi's, with 185 at a strike-rate of 130. Both play similar roles for their teams, shoring up a top-order wobble or providing an aggressive finish. In top-heavy batting orders, they perform vital supporting roles.

Prime numbers


  • The 55-run margin of Kochi's defeat against Deccan was the largest in IPL 2011.

  • Delhi's 231 against Kings XI Punjab is the highest score of the season, evidence of what their batsmen can do.

  • Sehwag's strike-rate of 168 is the season's highest for batsmen with at least 200 runs.

The chatter


"There was grass on the wicket, there was moisture too. I don't want to discuss the wicket factor too much, but it was not the wicket that we wanted."
Mahela Jayawardene on the pitch on which Kochi were shot out for 74 by Deccan Chargers. Kochi are playing at home once again.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY manish053 on | April 30, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Delhi dare devils nothing more to this tournament are going to play to bring back their goodwill some extent.Both teams almost have equal position in the point table and today's victory will be inject the energy to go ahead in the tournament to join the race of playing offs. These teams have to see at Rajasthan Roayals not having much resources but good cricket management brought them to top 4 in the tournament to use their limited options.

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | April 30, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Delhi should win this to make the IPL 2011 table into tight position.

  • POSTED BY avinashbalu on | April 30, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    deihi needs a spin bowler who can bat.i think adam voges is a good one.he can bat and bowl 4 overs.

  • POSTED BY kunal3268 on | April 30, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    i think naman ojha should not be picked instead of it they should find some other keeper

  • POSTED BY Mgsuri on | April 30, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    One thing which Delhi is lagging behind is having some luck........they have the disastrous batting lineup...all they need to do is to have a spinner in bowling attack may be merve in place of birt....

  • POSTED BY mikechand on | April 30, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    klinger should open for injured mccullum & o.shah for hodge. bring murali back in the side.play yashpal & tanmay today. For delhi my x1 is 1.viru 2.warner 3.ojha 4.venu 5.hopes 6.y.nagar 7.vander merwe 8.irfan 9.agarkar 10.morne 11.umesh

  • POSTED BY gazelle79 on | April 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Lots of comments asking for Tanmay Shrivastava . Kochi released him , Chandan Madan , Deepak Chougule and 2 others I don't remember , temporarily . As far as I know they haven't recalled them . I feel Klinger should get a chance ahead of Hodge for this match . Make him open and let Jayawardane come at 3 to stabilise in case of an early loss of wicket . They can chose Murali or Thissara based on their reading of the pitch .

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Delhi's combination is not good so far in this IPL4. They need atleast one good spinner and then go with Nagar. He is part timer and be handy in some situations. Delhi must open with Naman Ojha and Viru, then Warner, Venu, Hopes, Nagar, pathan, merve, aoran, yadav, morkel. Viru, I am great fan of you. You need to be there atleast 12 overs in crease. If you are there, Oppostion team surely in back step. Please pick the right combination against KTK and win it. You need some luck too as like Dhoni. YOU ROCK MAN... VIRU... GO VIRU..

  • POSTED BY Gajjubhai on | April 30, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    I think the DD Playing XI should be some change in the place of Brit for Colin Ingram, RD Marve for Morne morkel. Warner should come at no. 3 and irfan should be his 7 slot and venu should follow warner to play as a good inning.

  • POSTED BY R8omanch4 on | April 30, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    DD will bounce back from this match, and i m sure DD will play champions league in this year.. go DD go

  • POSTED BY manish053 on | April 30, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Delhi dare devils nothing more to this tournament are going to play to bring back their goodwill some extent.Both teams almost have equal position in the point table and today's victory will be inject the energy to go ahead in the tournament to join the race of playing offs. These teams have to see at Rajasthan Roayals not having much resources but good cricket management brought them to top 4 in the tournament to use their limited options.

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | April 30, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Delhi should win this to make the IPL 2011 table into tight position.

  • POSTED BY avinashbalu on | April 30, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    deihi needs a spin bowler who can bat.i think adam voges is a good one.he can bat and bowl 4 overs.

  • POSTED BY kunal3268 on | April 30, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    i think naman ojha should not be picked instead of it they should find some other keeper

  • POSTED BY Mgsuri on | April 30, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    One thing which Delhi is lagging behind is having some luck........they have the disastrous batting lineup...all they need to do is to have a spinner in bowling attack may be merve in place of birt....

  • POSTED BY mikechand on | April 30, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    klinger should open for injured mccullum & o.shah for hodge. bring murali back in the side.play yashpal & tanmay today. For delhi my x1 is 1.viru 2.warner 3.ojha 4.venu 5.hopes 6.y.nagar 7.vander merwe 8.irfan 9.agarkar 10.morne 11.umesh

  • POSTED BY gazelle79 on | April 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Lots of comments asking for Tanmay Shrivastava . Kochi released him , Chandan Madan , Deepak Chougule and 2 others I don't remember , temporarily . As far as I know they haven't recalled them . I feel Klinger should get a chance ahead of Hodge for this match . Make him open and let Jayawardane come at 3 to stabilise in case of an early loss of wicket . They can chose Murali or Thissara based on their reading of the pitch .

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Delhi's combination is not good so far in this IPL4. They need atleast one good spinner and then go with Nagar. He is part timer and be handy in some situations. Delhi must open with Naman Ojha and Viru, then Warner, Venu, Hopes, Nagar, pathan, merve, aoran, yadav, morkel. Viru, I am great fan of you. You need to be there atleast 12 overs in crease. If you are there, Oppostion team surely in back step. Please pick the right combination against KTK and win it. You need some luck too as like Dhoni. YOU ROCK MAN... VIRU... GO VIRU..

  • POSTED BY Gajjubhai on | April 30, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    I think the DD Playing XI should be some change in the place of Brit for Colin Ingram, RD Marve for Morne morkel. Warner should come at no. 3 and irfan should be his 7 slot and venu should follow warner to play as a good inning.

  • POSTED BY R8omanch4 on | April 30, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    DD will bounce back from this match, and i m sure DD will play champions league in this year.. go DD go

  • POSTED BY soberoi83 on | April 30, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    For me, DD line should be:

    V Sehwag DA Warner CA Ingram NV Ojha Y Venugopal Rao Y Nagar JR Hopes IK Pathan M Morkel S Nadeem AB Dinda

  • POSTED BY JAMANI on | April 30, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    if delhi coach playing my 11 today then result and fortunes change for delhi 1. warner 2. sehwag 3.naman ojha 4. veno 5. hopes 6. irfan 7. Van der Merwe 8. m. morket 9. y.nagar 10. u yadav 11 ajit agarkar must win for delhi plz do it again delhi boys da da da delhi delhi

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    If kochi replaces raiphi gomez witn tanmay srivastava they mite win some games.sriva is good batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Kochi should bring Tanmay Srivastava & Muralidharan in place of Kedhar Jadhav and Thissan Perera respectively. Considering the fielding performance and good strike rate, Raiphi should be given another chance. We wish McCullum & Jayawardene will fire in unison to get a dream opening what Kochi wants to closer to Semi Final Spots and avoid relegation to the bottom level

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Ojha should open with sehwag...next warner,hopes,venu,pathan,ingram......colin in d best batsman in SA....but delhi not even considering him...Mc.Donald should hav a game......OVERALL DELHI ROCKS...but no LUCK FOR SEHWAG n CO.....

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | April 30, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    If Kochi need an additional bowling option they should give B. Akhil a go. And as for Kedar Jadhav and Gomez, the former has more potential. They should however replace Gomez with Yashpal Singh, Chandan Madan or Gnaneswara Rao. All of these three guys, esp the last 2 have good T20 domestic records.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Since Kerala is described as 'God's Own Country", Sachin should play for Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | April 29, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    I agree Naman is wasted down the order, he had a great season last year and it got him on the plane to Zimbabwe but he's fallen back into the wilderness slightly with a fairly anonymous IPL so far. Van der Merwe just has to play, it was almost embarassing how one-dimensional they looked against KKR

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Klinger and Shah seems to be practicing hard at the nets.In the past year, VVS is in the best form he has ever been and should be a certainty. Murali would add variety to the attack whatever the conditions. Apart from Sehwag, I don't think anybody else has played Murali much.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 29, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Both teams have no power to get to top 4.

  • POSTED BY tanusan on | April 29, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Delhi should include Roelof van der Merwe instead of Travis Birt, they need a good spinner. They should use Naman Ojha as an opening batsman (as Warne did last year and Naman played well) with Sehwag, that would reduce the over-dependence on the opening pair. Followed by Warner, Venugopal, Hopes, Irfan, Van der Merwe. That would be an excellent bating line up. And of course anybody in place of Agarkar.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Must Win Game for KTK. Go Tusker go!

  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | April 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    DELHI have to win this! or they GMR ,Shippard and Sehwag will be sacked!

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  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | April 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    DELHI have to win this! or they GMR ,Shippard and Sehwag will be sacked!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Must Win Game for KTK. Go Tusker go!

  • POSTED BY tanusan on | April 29, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Delhi should include Roelof van der Merwe instead of Travis Birt, they need a good spinner. They should use Naman Ojha as an opening batsman (as Warne did last year and Naman played well) with Sehwag, that would reduce the over-dependence on the opening pair. Followed by Warner, Venugopal, Hopes, Irfan, Van der Merwe. That would be an excellent bating line up. And of course anybody in place of Agarkar.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 29, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Both teams have no power to get to top 4.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Klinger and Shah seems to be practicing hard at the nets.In the past year, VVS is in the best form he has ever been and should be a certainty. Murali would add variety to the attack whatever the conditions. Apart from Sehwag, I don't think anybody else has played Murali much.

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | April 29, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    I agree Naman is wasted down the order, he had a great season last year and it got him on the plane to Zimbabwe but he's fallen back into the wilderness slightly with a fairly anonymous IPL so far. Van der Merwe just has to play, it was almost embarassing how one-dimensional they looked against KKR

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Since Kerala is described as 'God's Own Country", Sachin should play for Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

  • POSTED BY manasvi_lingam on | April 30, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    If Kochi need an additional bowling option they should give B. Akhil a go. And as for Kedar Jadhav and Gomez, the former has more potential. They should however replace Gomez with Yashpal Singh, Chandan Madan or Gnaneswara Rao. All of these three guys, esp the last 2 have good T20 domestic records.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Ojha should open with sehwag...next warner,hopes,venu,pathan,ingram......colin in d best batsman in SA....but delhi not even considering him...Mc.Donald should hav a game......OVERALL DELHI ROCKS...but no LUCK FOR SEHWAG n CO.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Kochi should bring Tanmay Srivastava & Muralidharan in place of Kedhar Jadhav and Thissan Perera respectively. Considering the fielding performance and good strike rate, Raiphi should be given another chance. We wish McCullum & Jayawardene will fire in unison to get a dream opening what Kochi wants to closer to Semi Final Spots and avoid relegation to the bottom level