Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Delhi April 9, 2012

Daredevils get Jayawardene, Pietersen boost

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Match facts

Tuesday, April 10, Delhi
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture

Delhi Daredevils have played Chennai Super Kings twice at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and both times the Daredevils have posted imposing totals (187 and 185), only for the Super Kings to overhaul them. The Daredevils' overall record at their home ground isn't impressive either - they have lost 13 of their 23* games here.

But when they take the field on Tuesday, the Daredevils will be relieved to have Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen joining them. Both batsmen were in good form in the recently concluded Test series and should find a place in the playing XI that appeared a bit low on ammunition in Bangalore. At the bowling front, Umesh Yadav, who had a bout of cramps in the last game, is available for selection and will add sting to the attack with Morne Morkel and Doug Bracewell. If Irfan Pathan can support the trio with his swing bowling, this line-up has the ability to spice up even a slow pitch at the Kotla.

Super Kings struggled in their first game against Mumbai Indians but found their groove against Deccan Chargers. Their well-oiled batting artillery has power hitters all the way down to No.8. However, MS Dhoni hasn't hit a boundary in the first two matches and he is due for some big shots in this game.

The match has the potential of turning into a bat-out, however, the subplot - a contest between Daredevils' pace attack and Super Kings' slow bowlers - could be just as interesting to watch.

Predict the playing XIs for this match. Play ESPNcricinfo Team Selector.

Players to watch

Mahela Jayawardene scored 354 runs in the two Test matches against England and he brings that form and ability to score quickly with nimble shots. Besides bringing solidity to the team, Jayawardene's presence could help Virender Sehwag relax.

R Ashwin has bowled seven overs for 32 runs in his last two games for Super Kings without a wicket. As a lead spinner, he has been economical, but with big names in the opposition, will he rise to the challenge?

2011 head-to-head

Last year, the two teams played each other only once, in Chennai, where a Dhoni onslaught (63 off 31 balls) helped the Super Kings beat a Sehwag-less Daredevils by 18 runs.

Stats and trivia

  • Suresh Raina has hit 79 sixes in his IPL career, which is second behind Adam Gilchrist's 83.

  • Virender Sehwag's strike rate of 169.15 is the highest in IPL, six points more than Chris Gayle's.

  • Super Kings lead Daredevils in the head-to-head 4-3.

  • Daredevils' home record is the second-worst, after Deccan Chargers.

    Quotes

    "I know the Delhi Daredevils fans would have liked the Colombo Test to end in three or four days so that we could play last night's [April 7] game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But KP and I had other ideas."
    Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen both scored hundreds in the Colombo Test

    "I try to think what the batsman might want to do before each delivery. But I'll stick to bowling flat and quick. Taking wickets in one match doesn't mean I will suddenly start tossing up the ball."
    Ravindra Jadeja discusses his strategy

    *Includes three Champions League matches

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Its raining here in Delhi. Fingers crossed....

  • rahulcricket007 on April 10, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    SO MANY COMMENTS ON IPL . IPL HEROES LIKE JADEJA , RAINA , ROHIT HAVE BEEN PRAISED BY MEDIA . SEEMS LIKE THE ROYAL WHITEWASH IN ENG & AUS & POOR SHOW IN CB SERIES HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN . VERY GOOD . NOTHING CAN SAVE INDIAN CRICKET FROM THIS MENTALITY . I HOPE THAT INDIA WILL LOSE ALL MATCHES AT HOME TOO .

  • Salmanchecking on April 10, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    no matter wat u cant keep more 4 foreign player..CSK depend on the local boys so no matter..RAINA DHONI JADEJA S ENOUGH...COME on MSD...bravo morkel duf plessis bollinger wil do d rest.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    sehwag,mahela,KP,ojah,venu,irfan,nagar,bracewell,morne,agarkar,yadav,nadeem.I think this is the better team

  • ypsc on April 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    My DD Team for today is 1.sehwag 2. mahela 3. KP 4. Ojha 5. Rao 6. Russel 7. Irfan 8.Robin l 9.Morkel 10. yadav 11. Nadeem.

    DD should bat first, if pitch is slow nadeem, sehwag , KP and and venugopal should also bowl.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Sehwag -Mahela-Nam Oja-KP-Irfan-V Rao-Y Nagar-D Bracewell-M Morkal-S Nadeem/Pawan Negi-Umesh Strong DD!

  • Judgemee on April 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    for DD to win this crucial match, its important that the 4 foreign berths must go mainly to the Batters in form: Finch, KP, Mahela. Let the 4th one be a Spin All Rounder - VanderMerwe ------ No need to keep pure Pace Bowler like Morkel, as Indian Pacers Yadav/Aaron/Agarkar/Irfan are equally Good or Bad.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 10, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    pls play fair game dont u forget like harbhan that u took pledge.. goodluck... i hope dd will emerge at the top at the end of the day... goodluck sewag show dhoni what u are capable of... wish wishes

  • Rens on April 10, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Sehwag and Mahela are going to open the innings. get ready!!!

  • joseyesu on April 10, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    For Delhi, Sehawag, Jayawerdene, Ojha, KP, Venugopal, Irfan, Russel, Yadav, SPINNERS, Morkel. For CSK, Vijay, Faf, Raina, Morkel, Dhoni, Bravo, Badri, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bollinger. Sure CSK is going to ROCK as Mr.SEHWAG is about to fail his team yet again. But beware of Morkel.

  • on April 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Its raining here in Delhi. Fingers crossed....

  • rahulcricket007 on April 10, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    SO MANY COMMENTS ON IPL . IPL HEROES LIKE JADEJA , RAINA , ROHIT HAVE BEEN PRAISED BY MEDIA . SEEMS LIKE THE ROYAL WHITEWASH IN ENG & AUS & POOR SHOW IN CB SERIES HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN . VERY GOOD . NOTHING CAN SAVE INDIAN CRICKET FROM THIS MENTALITY . I HOPE THAT INDIA WILL LOSE ALL MATCHES AT HOME TOO .

  • Salmanchecking on April 10, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    no matter wat u cant keep more 4 foreign player..CSK depend on the local boys so no matter..RAINA DHONI JADEJA S ENOUGH...COME on MSD...bravo morkel duf plessis bollinger wil do d rest.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    sehwag,mahela,KP,ojah,venu,irfan,nagar,bracewell,morne,agarkar,yadav,nadeem.I think this is the better team

  • ypsc on April 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    My DD Team for today is 1.sehwag 2. mahela 3. KP 4. Ojha 5. Rao 6. Russel 7. Irfan 8.Robin l 9.Morkel 10. yadav 11. Nadeem.

    DD should bat first, if pitch is slow nadeem, sehwag , KP and and venugopal should also bowl.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Sehwag -Mahela-Nam Oja-KP-Irfan-V Rao-Y Nagar-D Bracewell-M Morkal-S Nadeem/Pawan Negi-Umesh Strong DD!

  • Judgemee on April 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    for DD to win this crucial match, its important that the 4 foreign berths must go mainly to the Batters in form: Finch, KP, Mahela. Let the 4th one be a Spin All Rounder - VanderMerwe ------ No need to keep pure Pace Bowler like Morkel, as Indian Pacers Yadav/Aaron/Agarkar/Irfan are equally Good or Bad.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 10, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    pls play fair game dont u forget like harbhan that u took pledge.. goodluck... i hope dd will emerge at the top at the end of the day... goodluck sewag show dhoni what u are capable of... wish wishes

  • Rens on April 10, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Sehwag and Mahela are going to open the innings. get ready!!!

  • joseyesu on April 10, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    For Delhi, Sehawag, Jayawerdene, Ojha, KP, Venugopal, Irfan, Russel, Yadav, SPINNERS, Morkel. For CSK, Vijay, Faf, Raina, Morkel, Dhoni, Bravo, Badri, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bollinger. Sure CSK is going to ROCK as Mr.SEHWAG is about to fail his team yet again. But beware of Morkel.

  • ARIF3011 on April 10, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    I am from Delhi. That doesn't mean I have to say only good words about DD. Cricket is a game where better team always wins. I think this time would be no different than past when DD lost to CSK for these reasons: 1) Captaincy of Sehwag is very ordinary, and he is a careless leader, 2) Pitch is slow, so barring Mahela all big guns will fail for atempting big hits, 3) CSK has quality spinners who can encash pitch conditions better than DDs quickies. Example is the last game between Royals and Knight Ridres on a slow Jaiput pitch. Just compare a bowling attack comprising Lee, Kallis, Yusuf, Naraine and Abdullah versus Amit Singh, Ankeet Chavan, Trivedi, Cooper and Botha. Who prevailed? The less glamorous attack that bowled on a slow pitch to star studded KKR came on top :)

  • satish619chandar on April 10, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    For DD : Kp and Viru to open.. Let Naman bat at 3/4 based on the start.. If wicket goes, bring in Mahela, else Naman.. Naman can hit spin more fluently.. My top 4 will be, Viru, KP, Naman and Mahela.. Irfan is in very good form and best to send him up at 5. I thought foreign fast bowlers in Morkel and Bracewell would be good but DD lacks good spin option from India but they have a huge pool of Indian fast bowlers.. Not sure who all are fit though.. So, they can go with Morkel and Bracewell/Merwe.. 7 slots are over and now, they need to fill in the remaining 4 slots based on availability.. CSK will just retain the 11 and hope batting clicks :-)

  • pai11 on April 10, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    My DD team for today: 1.Sehwag 2.Finch 3.N.ojha 4.Mahela 5.K.P. 6.Y.Nagar 7.I.Pathan 8.Morkel 9.U.yadav 10.S. Nadeem 11.Agarkar / A. Salvi.

  • on April 10, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    csk win today chance 95% . Stop vijay play anirudh.& bulanger to kalusakra

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 10, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    My Delhi-11:- 1.Viru 2.Ojha 3. Mahela 4.Kevin 5.Irfan 6.Venu Gopal 7. Ven Der 8.Yogesh Nagar 9. Ajit Agarkar 10.Umesh 11.Morne

    ( Viru , Kevin and Venu gopal should share 5 overs in between them in between 7 to 12 overs ).

  • hari040761 on April 10, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    IN ADDITION TO MY COMMENTS, CSK BATSMEN SHOULD SEE THE FIELD PLACEMENT EVERY BALL BEFORE GET READY TO FACE. RAINA IS THE KEY AND HE SHOULD NOT THROW HIS WICKET FOR THE UNWANTED LOFTED HIGH BUT NOT LONG SHOT. WHEN HE GO OVER THE TOP, THE TIMING AND PLACEMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE POWER. (SHOTS OF DUPLESSIS EXCEPT THE LAST SHOT WHICH COST HIS WICKET) POWER CAN BE USED AT THE DEATH OVERS. BOWLERS SHOULD BOWL STUMP TO STUMP LINE AND MAKE THE BATSMEN TO TAKE RISK. ROTATING THE STRIKE IS MORE IMPORTANT FROM THE START ITSELF. VIJAY SHOULD BE ACTIVE AND DYNAMIC AND MOVE FAST, AGGRESSIVE AND ALERT. BOLLINGER AND MORKEL TO BOWL MORE YORKERS AND WHILE BOWLING THE YORKERS THEY SHOULD CONTROL THE SPEED AND TARGET FOCUSSED AS IF MISSED IT WILL BECOME JUICY FULL TOSSES. BRAVO TO MIXUP THE SLOWERONES. ASWIN, JADEJA, RAINA, JAKATI SHOULD VARY THE SPEED BUT NOT BOWL TOO SHORT ON EITHER SIDE OF THE WICKET GIVING LIBERTY FOR THE BATSMEN TO PLAY BIG SHOT AS ONE SUCH GIVE CONFIDENCE TO PLAY BIG INNINGS

  • hari040761 on April 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    DELHI AND CSK ARE EQUAL WEIGHT. SCHWAG, MAHELA, OJHA, KP, RAO, IRFAN, NAGAR, VANDERMERWE/BRACEWELL, NADEEM, YADAV, MORKEL. FIVE BATSMAN, TWO FAST AND SPIN ALLROUNDERS, TWO QUICK, ONE MEDIUMFAST. (KP/SCHWAG ALSO CAN BE USEFUL OFF SPINNERS). FOR CSK VIJAY/ANIRUDHA/SAHA, DUPLESSIS, RAINA, BADRINATH, JADEJA, DHONI, BRAVO, MARKEL, ASHWIN, JAKATI/YOMAGESH, BOLLINGER. FOUR BATSMEN (CONSIDERING DUPLESS AS BATSMEN), TWO SPIN AND FAST ALL ROUNDERS, TWO SPECIALIST SPINNERS AND ONE FAST BOWLER. IT FULLY DEPENDS ON APPLICATION. WHO FOLLOW THE BASICS WILL WIN. IF ONE BATSMEN GETS OUT THEN THE STRIKE SHOULD BE ROTATED FOR SOME BALLS EVEN THOUGH THE OTHER IS WELL SETTLED TO AVOID GIVING UPPER HAND TO THE BOWLERS. PLAYERS ALSO SHOULD JUDGE WHOSE DAY IT BELONGS TO AND SHOULD NOT TAKE RISK AGAINST THEM. (WHEN RAINA GETS OUT OF OJHA IN THE FIRST MATCH, BRAVO TOOK RISK AND OUT FOR THE SAME BOWLER AND DHONI TOOK RISK OF RUNNING A SINGLE AND GOT RUNOUT OF THE SAME BOWLER, MARKEL CAUGHT BY THE SAME BOWLER).

  • cricmaniac51 on April 10, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    KICK OUT venugopal please even ajit agarkar can bat better than him and ajit can bowl 2-3 overs too.... and 4 foriegn players should be KP , MAHELA , MORKEL , BRACEWELL ...... 1. SEHWAG ,2. N. ojha , 3. KP , 4. Yogesh Nagar/ I. PATHAN , 5. M. JAYAwardene , 6. I. Pathan/ Yogesh Nagar , 7. BRACEWELL , 8. MORKEL, 9. Agarkar , 10. Yadav , 11. Nadeem

  • samjigeorge on April 10, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    SEHWAG...MAHELA...KEVIN...TAYLOR ... RUSSEL ..OJHA. VENU ... IRFAN ... AGARKAR ... NAGAR ... UMESH ... ...

    I THINK THIS IS A GOOD TEAM .

    . WHAT YOU THINK GUYS .....

  • on April 10, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    i think the 4 foreign players for delhi daredevils should be kp,mahela,finch and van dermerve.i think this this time its better to rest morkel and play aaron in his place

  • pai11 on April 10, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Sehwag has the luxury of having two other IPL ex-captains (Mahela & KP) in his team. This must settle him down. Go DD.

  • on April 10, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    My CSk for this IPL 5:

    01.Vijay (RH Bats) 02.Vignesh (RH Medium / RH Bats) --> X Factor 03.M.Hussy (LH Bats) / Plessis (Leg Break / RH Bats)[Replacement for Aus Tour in WI] 04.Raina (Off Spin / LH Bats) 05.Bandrinath (RH Bats) 06.Dhoni (Keeper / RH Bats / Captain) 07.Jadeja (Left Arm Ortho / LH Batsman) 08.DW.Bravo (RH Medium / RH Bats) 09.A.Morkel (RH Fast / LH Bats) 10.Ashwin (Off Spin / RH Bats) 11.Bollinger (LH Fast / LH Bats)

  • on April 10, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    DD.....1. SEHWAG 2.KP 3. OJHA 4. JAYAWARDHANE 5. VENU 6.UNMUKT CHAND ( U-19 INDIA CAPTAIN ) 7.IRFAN 8.BRACEWELL 9.MORKEL 10. UMESH 11. NADEEM

  • StoneRosesRam on April 9, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    cannot wait to see Jayawardene and KP two great players in sparkling form, CSK bowlers better watch out...

  • on April 9, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    CSK will have to focus on YV Magesh instead of Jakarti , still a hard call because Jakarti is been bowling good too. but we got many spinners in the team already.

  • riprock on April 9, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Delhi starting XI - Sehwag, Jayawardene, KP, Venugopal Rao, Naman Ojha, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Andre Russell/Doug Bracewell/Van Der Merwe, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Its strange to see DEVILS lack in d bowling department..can't find a good fifth bowler to bowl...Any idea why Varon Aron is not part of d team?Has he not recovered from his injury???Agarkar should be given a chance..

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    All the best CSK...Vijay's form is a little worry...Except that the rest of the team is ready to demolish Delhi's Quality fast bowling...Expect a slow wicket in Delhi...

  • Romenevans on April 9, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    but what about Sehwag's hopeless slogging? He will anyhow find some way to spoil everything delhi has. One in DD and the other one in KKR, aww mahn!

  • on April 9, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Kp will fire tomorrow!!!!!!

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  • on April 9, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Kp will fire tomorrow!!!!!!

  • Romenevans on April 9, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    but what about Sehwag's hopeless slogging? He will anyhow find some way to spoil everything delhi has. One in DD and the other one in KKR, aww mahn!

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    All the best CSK...Vijay's form is a little worry...Except that the rest of the team is ready to demolish Delhi's Quality fast bowling...Expect a slow wicket in Delhi...

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Its strange to see DEVILS lack in d bowling department..can't find a good fifth bowler to bowl...Any idea why Varon Aron is not part of d team?Has he not recovered from his injury???Agarkar should be given a chance..

  • riprock on April 9, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Delhi starting XI - Sehwag, Jayawardene, KP, Venugopal Rao, Naman Ojha, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Andre Russell/Doug Bracewell/Van Der Merwe, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel

  • on April 9, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    CSK will have to focus on YV Magesh instead of Jakarti , still a hard call because Jakarti is been bowling good too. but we got many spinners in the team already.

  • StoneRosesRam on April 9, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    cannot wait to see Jayawardene and KP two great players in sparkling form, CSK bowlers better watch out...

  • on April 10, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    DD.....1. SEHWAG 2.KP 3. OJHA 4. JAYAWARDHANE 5. VENU 6.UNMUKT CHAND ( U-19 INDIA CAPTAIN ) 7.IRFAN 8.BRACEWELL 9.MORKEL 10. UMESH 11. NADEEM

  • on April 10, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    My CSk for this IPL 5:

    01.Vijay (RH Bats) 02.Vignesh (RH Medium / RH Bats) --> X Factor 03.M.Hussy (LH Bats) / Plessis (Leg Break / RH Bats)[Replacement for Aus Tour in WI] 04.Raina (Off Spin / LH Bats) 05.Bandrinath (RH Bats) 06.Dhoni (Keeper / RH Bats / Captain) 07.Jadeja (Left Arm Ortho / LH Batsman) 08.DW.Bravo (RH Medium / RH Bats) 09.A.Morkel (RH Fast / LH Bats) 10.Ashwin (Off Spin / RH Bats) 11.Bollinger (LH Fast / LH Bats)

  • pai11 on April 10, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Sehwag has the luxury of having two other IPL ex-captains (Mahela & KP) in his team. This must settle him down. Go DD.