Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Indore May 12, 2011

The IPL arrives in Indore


Match facts

Friday, May 13, Indore
Start time 2000 (14.30 GMT)

Big Picture

We are into that part of the season where calculators are whipped out, heads are scratched, spread-sheets are filled and scenarios are chalked out. The good news for Kochi Tuskers Kerala is that they can still make the play-offs. The good news for Kings XI Punjab is that if they beat Kochi on Friday, they will be on par with them on the points table. The bad news for both is that another slip-up could end their faltering campaigns. It's all to play for as the IPL heads to its newest destination, the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

It will be a 'home' game for Kochi, which is tough to justify given that Indore, located in central India, is around 800km closer to Mohali than it is to Kochi. Not that Kochi will mind the migration, given that they have won more games away than at home this season. Mahela Jayawardene will hope for a pitch with pace and carry on it - his seam-heavy attack thrives in zippy conditions, while his batsmen have been bowled out three times on sluggish tracks.

Interestingly, Kochi and Punjab are the only sides that have managed to defeat both Chennai and Mumbai - finalists of IPL 2010, and two of the form teams so far this year. Whichever side derives more self-belief and momentum from those performances will run out winners on Friday.

Form guide (most recent first)

Punjab: WLLLL (ninth in points table)
Kochi: LWWLL (sixth in points table)

Team talk

In five games, David Hussey's contribution to Punjab's cause has been 20 runs and one wicket. David Miller and Ryan McLaren will feel hard done if they continue to warm the bench while Hussey plays.

Ramesh Powar has leaked 9.33 runs per over for his two wickets. Sreesanth has every right to be indignant if Powar keeps him out again.

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In the spotlight

In the first week of IPL 2011, Paul Valthaty was clubbing everything off the front foot, while also producing wickets with his split-finger slower balls. Since then, he has been circumspect at the top of the order, and shown a reluctance to swing through the leg side. How he goes in the last four games will decide whether he is a one-week wonder or a genuine talent.

Parthiv Patel's baby face undermines his determination, and his stature offers few clues of his impeccable sense of timing. He specialises in cuts and chops when offered width, and can unleash a fierce little slog-sweep. Parthiv's pluck at one-drop, sandwiched between Brendon McCullum's brutality at the top, and Mahela Jayawardene's finesse at No. 4, could prove crucial to Kochi's fortunes.

Prime numbers

  • He may have a reputation for waywardness, but Sreesanth (6.14 runs per over) has easily been Kochi's most economical bowler this season
  • Lasith Malinga (59 wickets) has ended RP Singh's (58) perch at the top of the IPL wicket-takers list. RP will want to wrest back the honour during his spell against Punjab

The chatter

"I am not making an excuse but in our last few games we have played on some mediocre wickets and then you have to scrap for runs. It is a challenge and we need to adapt to that. On good tracks we have done well against strong teams be it Delhi or Kolkata."
Will the Indore wicket bring a smile to Mahela Jayawardene's face?

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Lalith on May 13, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    @tiket Yes Panjab will make to the final in 2012. If u think about 2011 it is a day dream

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    today toss is important.....wnner of the toss will be winner of the match.

  • Zac on May 13, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Kochi should bring back pacer sreesanth in for powar...& parmeshwaran should play

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Well-matched teams but meaningless game. Punjab should put it across to Kochi.

  • Anver on May 13, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Do or Die game for both teams !!!! i think Kochi has a slight advantage, but it is T20 which is unpredictable, so lets see who absorbs the pressure in this crucial game....

  • Sukumar on May 13, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Dont u all think gomez is overrated? Another thing, what is muralidaran doing at the bench? Chennai, in ipl 2010, played 3 spinners( ashwin and jakati being the other two) including murali, who was the one of the main reasons for the csk success! And ktk cant even have one genuine spinner in their side!( with due DISRESPECT and DISREGARD to ravindra jadeja)

  • Mohammed on May 13, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    guys.....if you ever saw any of ktk's matches you woudnt say that powar doesnt field well.........yes, sreeasanth shud be taken instead.......hodge as well.........perhaps they could take murali instead of rp singh...... @varun : ktk do have chances if they win thier remaining three matches and kkr or rcb lose thier remaining three matches

  • gopal on May 13, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Why bllame the pitches Jayawardene ? That is the nature of this tournament. Teams that adapt to the conditions quickly is that team that wins consistantly. All teams have to (atleast) play in 8 venues and possibly 8 different pitches in a short span of time. That is a given for this tournament. Please dont blame the pitches for the failure.

  • harsha on May 13, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Kochi playing in Indore is stupid.If it was Mumbai or Pune it is understandable.There will be no local support.Only Deccan had a worse deal last year because of Hyderabad getting ruled out as a venue

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Kochi should try Owais Shah and Tisira Perera for Hodge and Clinger. Also bring in VVS who is far better player than Gomez/Akhil/Jadv even in T20.

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