Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Delhi April 20, 2012

Can Ganguly inspire Pune with bat?

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Match facts

Saturday, April 21, Delhi
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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After losing a tight contest against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday night, Pune Warriors have flown two-and-a-half hours north to Delhi for their third consecutive away game. Warriors made an impressive start in the tournament with three wins out of four, but are now showing signs of homesickness. They have lost three consecutive away games and slipped to the fourth position after being on top for a while. That they are confronting a red-hot Delhi Daredevils team doesn't make their task any easier.

One of the concerns for Warriors is the form of their captain, Sourav Ganguly, who has scored only 85 runs this season. In Chennai, he faced 14 deliveries from the slow bowlers, his perceived area of strength, to score eight runs. He fell to left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati, managing to get the ball as far as mid-off. Against Daredevils, he won't have the luxury of facing much spin. Expect Virender Sehwag to unleash his fast bowlers on Ganguly.

Daredevils were lucky to get away with a win on Thursday against Deccan Chargers. Kevin Pietersen scored an unbeaten century after being dropped thrice while other big names faltered. Although they are at the top of the table, Sehwag would want himself and his team to put up a strong batting display to dispel doubts.

Players to watch

Ashish Nehra returns to his original home ground and his experience of playing at Kotla and with Sehwag will be important when Warriors devise their plans. Nehra made a good comeback in the previous match, picking up two wickets, after his horror last over in Bangalore.

Shahbaz Nadeem is flourishing under Sehwag. He has picked up five wickets in the last two matches while bowling at an economy of four. Nadeem's form has ensured that Daredevils haven't missed Roelof van der Merwe, allowing them to play Ross Taylor in his place.

2011 head-to-head

Daredevils played Warriors twice in 2011. They won a high-scoring game by three wickets in Navi Mumbai and the other was washed out.

Stats and trivia

  • Irfan Pathan has bowled six maiden overs in all seasons of IPL, which is second behind Praveen Kumar's eight
  • Robin Uthappa has 33 dismissals, some way behind Adam Gilchrist who leads the list for most dismissals, 50, in IPL history

    Quotes

    "The leadership he has brought to the team is fantastic. He is highly motivated and he wants to contribute. He is a knock away from showing what a world-class player he was."
    Allan Donald, Warriors' bowling coach, on Sourav Ganguly

    "Facing him in the middle during practice, I found him very hard to hit."
    Kevin Pietersen on Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on April 21, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Well What About today's performance guys? DADA gave u answer with bat and ball. NEver say no to DADA he is a comeback fighter.

  • Sautrik on April 21, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    OK ganguly hasn't scored big in the last few games. He has got starts although... He just needs to convert them and keep his patience...Its not about him not having it anymore...If dravid, sachin and gilchrist still have it in them, so does he.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 21, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Tamim stays at hotel in Pune. Fresh air --- nice rest! PWI losing the games consistently. Tamim will start travelling with the team once PWI will hit almost bottom of the point table. Then he will replace Ryder in the last match of PWI in IPL5!! What a waste of natural talent like Tamim Iqbal!!!!!

  • Juniorklassy on April 21, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    The answer is NO, he is a liability for PWI... his fielding is miserable, and his batting is also below par.. + he is only a Good Captain.. thats it... n he cant win matches like this.. he cant inspire such a team.. PWI need to think about the policies..

  • dummy4fb on April 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Why isn't Tamim Iqbal being given a shot yet??!!

  • dummy4fb on April 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    what the hell with DADA???? Utthappa should come down at 2 and Manis Pandey should at open. Also Tamim should replace Ryder, Because he is batting cross all the time. it will not work.Samuels should be off and Luke Wright need at eleven.DADA lost his concept of cricket, may be poor batting from fall him in that situation.

  • dummy4fb on April 21, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I am very surprise why some1 PPl at the moment still now say also request plz plz get a chance Tamim .... we bangladeshi fan cordially know that his capability what he will do nd he also proved asia cup 4 fifty also PWI training section only i time he proved 37 ball 53 run.... actually i hardly request stopped tamim chapter nd count how match PWI loss the game... Best luck Mr. Ganguly

  • WarriorX on April 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Please correct the article ..Pune hav lost two consecutive away games not three ....come on dada ....Its very important PWI doesnt lose this on...last three games hav ended in last over 4 PWI...

  • isurufdo247 on April 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    mahela shd open da innings with shewag......

  • isurufdo247 on April 21, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    hey guys dnt underestimate mathews....... i knw he is not in his best form bt sure he wil fire 2dy.....

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