Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Delhi April 18, 2012

Chargers face Daredevils' pace battery

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Match facts

Thursday, April 19, Delhi
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

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Delhi Daredevils' stocks in the tournament have risen higher after their bowlers masterminded a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians. While other teams have been busy putting up and chasing down totals in excess of 160, Daredevils' hustling pace has razed three strong batting line-ups to scores below 110. The only game that they lost was to Royal Challengers Bangalore, partially due to the inexperience of their middle order and partially, due to the guile of Muttiah Muralitharan who took three wickets. However, that batting order has been beefed up since then. With the influx of Ross Taylor in the last game, their batting looks as intimidating as their bowling. Daredevils will need to be careful though, as their batting firepower hasn't been tested yet. In all four games, they have batted second after their bowlers had done the job.

Deccan Chargers on the other hand have lost three games in a row - the last two slipped through their fingers. Although such defeats can be disheartening, Kumar Sangakkara could take positives out from the fact that their relatively inexperienced team has had their chances. They have just missed that one last push. Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra will both need to fire in tandem and their fielding needs to inspire.

Daredevils test is as hard as it gets for Chargers. It could be a daunting challenge, but it could also kindle the fire inside the big names among Chargers' ranks. Both teams will hope to win the toss and avoid fielding first in the sun. However, sun or no sun, Daredevils bowlers should be a handful.

Players to watch

Umesh Yadav has been cranking up the pace in every game and has proven to be a difficult bowler to hit. In his last match, he took out Kieron Pollard and Dinesh Karthik, beating both batsmen for pace. Such was his accuracy that he didn't give away a single boundary in his four-over spell.

Chargers replaced a struggling Cameron White with JP Duminy and his 26-ball 58 pushed the team to 196, which had looked improbable. Duminy, who hit five sixes in his innings, can also hold an innings together if required.

2011 head-to-head

Daredevils played Chargers twice in 2011. They lost their home game by 16 runs while a Sehwag century helped them win the second by four wickets in Hyderabad.

Stats and trivia

  • Sehwag's 32 against Mumbai Indians came in 36 balls. In all Twenty20 innings where he has scored more than 20, this was his slowest innings.
  • This year, the three most economical spells (four overs) have been bowled by Yadav (2-11), Dale Steyn (3-12) and Irfan Pathan (1-12).
  • Chargers have played the Daredevils nine times in IPL. They have won four and lost five of these games. However, in Delhi, the record is 2-1 in favour of Chargers.

    Quotes

    "We would work more on the fielding. We were working on it earlier too but now we would stress on it a bit more."
    Shikhar Dhawan was upset with the team's fielding against Rajasthan Royals

    "He gave me a call and was worried for my injury. But he is now happy seeing me back in action."
    Ross Taylor on Morne Morkel .

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Slesh on April 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Sana vs Maiya.. Awesme..bt plzz atleast NOW have this combination.!! 1.Sanga 2.Dhawan 3.Sohal 4.Duminy 5.Patel 6.Samantray 7.Goni 8.Mishra 9.Steyn 10.Theron 11.A.Sharma

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    IF I HAD A LIKE BUTTON HERE....I WUD HAVE GIVEN A 100 LIKES TO KAVINDEN...HE SOOO SHARES MY STREAM OF THOUGHT

  • remnant on April 19, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @Kavindevan, Agree with you mate. RR has been one team that has fulfilled both the objectives of IPL: won a champpionship and still consistently do as well as produced and nurtured local Indian talent, good enough to play for Team India. If there is an award for fulfilling these two objectives, I'm sure the RR would win hands down!

  • ktk2020 on April 19, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    DC not having good player but still they are performed much better then the their standard that is very good new for IPL 5 ,they had two close matches ,both the matches they suppose win but they lost in last over that is really sad and hurting for them .Hope in this match they improve their bowling and fielding then there may be surprise for Delhi team ????

  • MALAY10 on April 19, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    In a T20-maximum 2 players per side have to make a impact. DC has dale steyn and amit mishra-on their day-they can bring fiercest of batting attack on its knees. DC form might currently might now be awe inspiring as is DD's, but turnaround is round the corner-and this could be that match-dont forget that previous both of DC matches have been real close finishes.

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    i'm totally upset with DC bowlers because they just didn,t hold their nerves and didn't backup the great batting and the great captaincy...i think sanga has nothing to do and his face tells us that he is also in a bit of bother because they made somay errors in last 2 matches which were on their hands...so i think if the bowlers are not up to the mark then today will be another sad day for DC.they don't get the real support from other 7 indian players...owners should buy few good bowlers coz steyn and mishra can't take this team to finals...lets hope for the best......GO CHARGERS........

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    DC should win to make the competition more interesting !!

  • Naushad79 on April 19, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Keep dan OUT and bring rusty IN

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Being a Delhiite, I hope Delhi's Batting line-up come under pressure or they do bat first because this power-packed batting line-up hasn't been tested yet. It would be helpful for tougher matches ahead !

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Glory Glory Delhi's PACE BATTERY !! :)

  • Slesh on April 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Sana vs Maiya.. Awesme..bt plzz atleast NOW have this combination.!! 1.Sanga 2.Dhawan 3.Sohal 4.Duminy 5.Patel 6.Samantray 7.Goni 8.Mishra 9.Steyn 10.Theron 11.A.Sharma

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    IF I HAD A LIKE BUTTON HERE....I WUD HAVE GIVEN A 100 LIKES TO KAVINDEN...HE SOOO SHARES MY STREAM OF THOUGHT

  • remnant on April 19, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @Kavindevan, Agree with you mate. RR has been one team that has fulfilled both the objectives of IPL: won a champpionship and still consistently do as well as produced and nurtured local Indian talent, good enough to play for Team India. If there is an award for fulfilling these two objectives, I'm sure the RR would win hands down!

  • ktk2020 on April 19, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    DC not having good player but still they are performed much better then the their standard that is very good new for IPL 5 ,they had two close matches ,both the matches they suppose win but they lost in last over that is really sad and hurting for them .Hope in this match they improve their bowling and fielding then there may be surprise for Delhi team ????

  • MALAY10 on April 19, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    In a T20-maximum 2 players per side have to make a impact. DC has dale steyn and amit mishra-on their day-they can bring fiercest of batting attack on its knees. DC form might currently might now be awe inspiring as is DD's, but turnaround is round the corner-and this could be that match-dont forget that previous both of DC matches have been real close finishes.

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    i'm totally upset with DC bowlers because they just didn,t hold their nerves and didn't backup the great batting and the great captaincy...i think sanga has nothing to do and his face tells us that he is also in a bit of bother because they made somay errors in last 2 matches which were on their hands...so i think if the bowlers are not up to the mark then today will be another sad day for DC.they don't get the real support from other 7 indian players...owners should buy few good bowlers coz steyn and mishra can't take this team to finals...lets hope for the best......GO CHARGERS........

  • on April 19, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    DC should win to make the competition more interesting !!

  • Naushad79 on April 19, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Keep dan OUT and bring rusty IN

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Being a Delhiite, I hope Delhi's Batting line-up come under pressure or they do bat first because this power-packed batting line-up hasn't been tested yet. It would be helpful for tougher matches ahead !

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Glory Glory Delhi's PACE BATTERY !! :)

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    delhi will win they have are storng side

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    GO SANGA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I hope Deccan Chargers can Break the Devils Dare Of Delhi.....,,, Dc have to win this

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    DD My second Favorite Team else than KKR.. Though i m from Chennai i want chennai to b at the bottom of the table..

  • on April 19, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Chargers desperately need to concern their bowling line up rather than batting. rusty theron should be in to top 11 for overrated dan christian.and few local players also to be brushed up their skills.

  • on April 19, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    delhi is getting their power... Delhi is like South Africa... upto semifinal they will be mightier but in semi they will lose... delhi never had a final till now eventhough it was the good team...

  • Romenevans on April 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane was with Mumbai Indians for first 3 years, then didn't recognize his talent because the team was stars studded and the old horses never wanted to retire....Here comes Rajasthan Royals, they immediately gave Ajinkya an opportunity to feel free and express himself, and look at him, he is delivering to his expectations. On the other side its been a trend set by RR, they develop home grown talent, nourish them, keep them grounded, No senior junior issues and when they become stars, others teams steal those players by paying big money....and guess what's next? Then those players becomes a complete joke, because their eyes are choked with money and unnecessary stardom and hype. Example? Yusuf Pathan. Look what he was with RR and look what he is now with KKR. A big salute TO RR's management for handling these kids with care and nourishing them for the future of Indian cricket.

  • ChrisPerera on April 19, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    DC bowling is far too weak

  • on April 19, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    come on Irfan rock on, you will surly win over DC innshallah, good luck irfan good luck nadeem, veru, KP MHJ, MRK, Taylor, Oja, yadive.. rock, you guys are chompions inshallah

  • AjitDJ on April 19, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    3 Australians destroying the Deccan Chargers team -- Darren Lehman, Dan Christian, Cameron White. Dan Christian is clearly overrated, and a choker too.

  • satish619chandar on April 19, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Theron for Christian would be the most welcome change.. Christian is just choking almost every time.. Steyn can't bowl out of skin on flat tracks everytime.. DC bolstered batting with Sanga and Duminy and bowling need to be covered with Steyn and Christian.. Dhawan,Sanga,Sohal,Duminy,Devdhar,Chipl/A Rajan, Mishra,Gony,Steyn,Theron,Ankit Sharma..

  • Tejasva on April 19, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    The match must take this IPL to a next level...As a delhi fan, I hope we could see delhi's batting fire like in the previous IPL edition Go DD

  • on April 19, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    White top-scored vs CSK; he scored 23 off 16 balls, and was caught on the boundary line - going for a six.

    Against MI, Sangakkara demoted him to #6, Christian (39 off 36) and Sangakkara (14 off 19) slowed the game down - and White scored 30 off 22 balls.

    Who is struggling?

  • on April 19, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    It was nice to see Sangakara behind the stumps ans JP's inclusion helps DC.Only concern is to handle the crunch situation and finish the match in a winning note and the team which is mentally strong will win the games.DC can try talented allrounders like Ashish Reddy/Ahmed Quadri.Hopefully DC will soon bounce back in IPL-5

  • on April 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    IS IT GOING TO BE LOP SIDED MATCH MAY BE ....

  • on April 19, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    It was nice to see Sangakara behind the stumps and JP's inclusion helps DC.Only concern is to handle the crunch situation and finish the game because at the end of the day the team which is mentally strong will win.DC can try talentedl Allrounders like Ashish Reddy/Ahmed Quadri.Hopefully DC will bounce back soon.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 19, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Mahela vs Sanga! Clash of Legends. KP vs Duminy. Love IPL.

  • on April 19, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Next days headlines ....... Clinical Daredevil's trounce the Chargers .... there is no way Chargers are going to win against this formidable team ...

  • Romenevans on April 19, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Derren Lehmen, What the? Enough said!

  • on April 19, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    DC should bring in Ashish Reddy/Akshat Reddy in place of Bharat Chipli. Asish is a bowling allrounder like Irfan and proved in the domestic circuit well. Akshat is a top order batsman who plays according to situation of the match. Inclusion of any one of these 2 will make DC a bit stronger

  • 9ST9 on April 19, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Sangakkara and Mahela play against each other - hopefully both will fire

  • Romenevans on April 19, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Naman Ojha looks like Shahid Kapoor's duplicate LOL!

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 18, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Biplab Samantray should be in playing 11.... he has experience in his kitty....last but not the least he is a beautiful hitter of the ball and can bowl couple of overs if asked.

  • montys_muse on April 18, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Chargers can bring in Rusty Theron instead of Dan Christian and Sunny Sohal needs to be in the XI. Dhawan, Sohal, Sanga, Chipli/Jaggi, Duminy, T Mishra (Kenyan player signed on as Indian player), Theron, Ankit Sharma, Steyn, Mishra, Rajan (for lack of better player). 5 bowlers as their bowling is weak and usually their no.7 is just a filler.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 18, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    hi all - good day in which ever part of the world you are living in.... cheers!!!! comon DC and Sanga enough is enough ... for heaven sake just select the rite combination of team.... no use playing extra pure batsman... try to bring spin bowling alrounder... and also JP can bowl too - well for atleast for tomorrow's match dale and cristian is enough for fast bowling rest all slots better filled-up with spin . i think spin will be a good option against DD... sang have to make sure he try JP in every match - at last but not least like any other DC fan i hope to see the opening of account of DC in the bank called points table... goodluck....

  • on April 18, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Remove Chipli, Hardly bats, can't bowl and is a bad bad fielder. Bring in Biplab Samantray. Beautiful hitter of the ball, can bowl a couple of over too.

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Last year DC lost many matches because of the dropped catches. They did it again against Rajasthan. Dropped catches negate all the benefit of having good players. No use having the best players when you drop catches. DC were unfortunate to lose Pietersen to injury last year and Ishant this year. Losing Ojha and Harmeet to transfers were additional blows. May be they should learn to keep bowlers like Harmeet and Ojha on the bench than transfer them to use them in case of injuries. They definitely need strengthening in the bowling department because all three matches were lost because of bowling lapses. In the match against DD, the need to drop Chipli, the culprit of dropped catches and fielding lapses. They should bring a rookie all-rounder. Yes, DC discovers a lot of good players only to give them away. Some of the famous ones who once belonged to DC: Rohit, Ojha, RP Singh, Rahul Sharma, Bisla, Harmeet, Venugopal, Suman, Pietersen.

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    No Point in blaming the Deccan Chragers team , the management is at fault by making profits by selling their best players to other teams. If they had Pieterson, Ohja ,Iishant and Harmeet they were a different team altogether. Neither the DC team management could not spend enough either to get RP / Vinay . RP Singh is just warming on the bench on MI, He should have played in DC to play all the games.Now Deccan local pace bowling is too weak to defend any score.

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Seriously, Deccan Chargers. I'm a huge fan to your team. Seriously huge fan. All my friends support Mumbai, Pune and Chennai for their own reasons. I am a Deccan fan right from the very first season of the IPL (though of course, I supported Mumbai too for Sachin Tendulkar, but from the second season, I'm an ardent Deccan fan.). When Deccan won the IPL2 title, I gave a very huge party (well, to my standards that's huge) to my friends. In the IPL3 I prayed God that Deccan reach the semi finals. Last five games must win and we won em all. Incredible. I'm elated. In the IPL4 I'm somewhat sad, but I kept quiet because we shouldn't may be expect the best everytime. And now I'm disappointed with the way team is losing players to other teams like nobody cares. I'm writing this post here because I want at least some person who can directly consult the Deccan Chargers owners would read this and tell them that their team is not alone and their team has many ardent fans like me who really care.

  • iplcricfan on April 18, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Is Deccan Chargers Management the worst among all the teams ? Looks like poor fans are the sufferers for their decisions.Last year they did not even fully utilize their money in buying the players.Are they really interested in winning or taking the fans for a ride ? Look at the bowling resources ! Yes, why blame the inexperienced players while the management is incapable of buying top players. You reap what you sow ?? It's high time that someone with "cricketing brains" should take over, or at least a partnership in the team and instill some sense.

  • on April 18, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I am still surprised to see why DC is not utilizing local talent, who are just warming the benches !!!

  • on April 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    in the first IPL season, DC proved that they can loose inspite of having the best foreign players...now they are proving they cant win without top foreign players... The actual problem is their temperament.Rajasthan, Pune are also having not-so-fancy teams..But Ganguly inspires and RR local boys fire..Sang should inspire, and teja, goni and co should fire..Still not too late.. All the best..

  • kishore_4DC on April 18, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I guess DC did better vs RR hopefully they vl try to turn it around vs DC. Unfortuntely stronger reviews are not getting posted on cric info, I felt DC team did not choose a good team to start with.. the local players can only do so much, may be. DC must choose Dan Christian whether or not he performs well, coz there is no good replacement (also DC paid a fortune to get him), Cameron White - good on paper, I dont remember one good innings(match winning) from so far in entire IPL's(1-5).. Well, DC can atleast rotate the players so that every one gets a chance, might be we find some clicking - Ishank Jaggi seems promising, hope he plays. DC on the other hand seems to be a breeding ground for MI - all performing players - Suman, RP, Venu, Symo, Gilly, Rohit(he stole the win from DC) - all in MI. DC management - if you seriously want the team to win, get good players, no point in adding lot of pressure on in experienced young players. We need a good mix; All the best vs DD.

  • KelvinLTR on April 18, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Sanga vs Mahiya! this is THE match

  • Rajeev129 on April 18, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    This game will be the biggest upset of this season. We have already seen many upsets like PW beating MI & CSK then loosing to KXIP and RCB. Then KKR upsetting the inform RCB & RR, while loosing to KXIP and DD. Most surprisingly DC itself, almost defending a total of 138 against mighty M.I.

    If Deccan cant beat DD at this point of tournament, i am sure they will ever.

  • pai11 on April 18, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    DD's batting prowess has never been tested properly till now. I hope they get to bat first in this match to see how it goes; to gain confidence for tougher matches ahead.

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  • pai11 on April 18, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    DD's batting prowess has never been tested properly till now. I hope they get to bat first in this match to see how it goes; to gain confidence for tougher matches ahead.

  • Rajeev129 on April 18, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    This game will be the biggest upset of this season. We have already seen many upsets like PW beating MI & CSK then loosing to KXIP and RCB. Then KKR upsetting the inform RCB & RR, while loosing to KXIP and DD. Most surprisingly DC itself, almost defending a total of 138 against mighty M.I.

    If Deccan cant beat DD at this point of tournament, i am sure they will ever.

  • KelvinLTR on April 18, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Sanga vs Mahiya! this is THE match

  • kishore_4DC on April 18, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I guess DC did better vs RR hopefully they vl try to turn it around vs DC. Unfortuntely stronger reviews are not getting posted on cric info, I felt DC team did not choose a good team to start with.. the local players can only do so much, may be. DC must choose Dan Christian whether or not he performs well, coz there is no good replacement (also DC paid a fortune to get him), Cameron White - good on paper, I dont remember one good innings(match winning) from so far in entire IPL's(1-5).. Well, DC can atleast rotate the players so that every one gets a chance, might be we find some clicking - Ishank Jaggi seems promising, hope he plays. DC on the other hand seems to be a breeding ground for MI - all performing players - Suman, RP, Venu, Symo, Gilly, Rohit(he stole the win from DC) - all in MI. DC management - if you seriously want the team to win, get good players, no point in adding lot of pressure on in experienced young players. We need a good mix; All the best vs DD.

  • on April 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    in the first IPL season, DC proved that they can loose inspite of having the best foreign players...now they are proving they cant win without top foreign players... The actual problem is their temperament.Rajasthan, Pune are also having not-so-fancy teams..But Ganguly inspires and RR local boys fire..Sang should inspire, and teja, goni and co should fire..Still not too late.. All the best..

  • on April 18, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I am still surprised to see why DC is not utilizing local talent, who are just warming the benches !!!

  • iplcricfan on April 18, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Is Deccan Chargers Management the worst among all the teams ? Looks like poor fans are the sufferers for their decisions.Last year they did not even fully utilize their money in buying the players.Are they really interested in winning or taking the fans for a ride ? Look at the bowling resources ! Yes, why blame the inexperienced players while the management is incapable of buying top players. You reap what you sow ?? It's high time that someone with "cricketing brains" should take over, or at least a partnership in the team and instill some sense.

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Seriously, Deccan Chargers. I'm a huge fan to your team. Seriously huge fan. All my friends support Mumbai, Pune and Chennai for their own reasons. I am a Deccan fan right from the very first season of the IPL (though of course, I supported Mumbai too for Sachin Tendulkar, but from the second season, I'm an ardent Deccan fan.). When Deccan won the IPL2 title, I gave a very huge party (well, to my standards that's huge) to my friends. In the IPL3 I prayed God that Deccan reach the semi finals. Last five games must win and we won em all. Incredible. I'm elated. In the IPL4 I'm somewhat sad, but I kept quiet because we shouldn't may be expect the best everytime. And now I'm disappointed with the way team is losing players to other teams like nobody cares. I'm writing this post here because I want at least some person who can directly consult the Deccan Chargers owners would read this and tell them that their team is not alone and their team has many ardent fans like me who really care.

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    No Point in blaming the Deccan Chragers team , the management is at fault by making profits by selling their best players to other teams. If they had Pieterson, Ohja ,Iishant and Harmeet they were a different team altogether. Neither the DC team management could not spend enough either to get RP / Vinay . RP Singh is just warming on the bench on MI, He should have played in DC to play all the games.Now Deccan local pace bowling is too weak to defend any score.

  • on April 18, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Last year DC lost many matches because of the dropped catches. They did it again against Rajasthan. Dropped catches negate all the benefit of having good players. No use having the best players when you drop catches. DC were unfortunate to lose Pietersen to injury last year and Ishant this year. Losing Ojha and Harmeet to transfers were additional blows. May be they should learn to keep bowlers like Harmeet and Ojha on the bench than transfer them to use them in case of injuries. They definitely need strengthening in the bowling department because all three matches were lost because of bowling lapses. In the match against DD, the need to drop Chipli, the culprit of dropped catches and fielding lapses. They should bring a rookie all-rounder. Yes, DC discovers a lot of good players only to give them away. Some of the famous ones who once belonged to DC: Rohit, Ojha, RP Singh, Rahul Sharma, Bisla, Harmeet, Venugopal, Suman, Pietersen.