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.

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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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  • dummy4fb 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 .

  • Cricinfouser 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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