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

Chargers face Daredevils' pace battery


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.


    "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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  • Heshan on April 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Sana vs Maiya.. 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

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT


  • Zam 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!

  • Mr akash 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 ????

  • MALAY 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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........

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    DC should win to make the competition more interesting !!

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

    Keep dan OUT and bring rusty IN

  • Dummy4 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 !

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Glory Glory Delhi's PACE BATTERY !! :)

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