Pune Warriors v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Pune April 23, 2012

Delhi out to settle scores with Pune

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Match facts

Tuesday, April 24, Delhi
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big picture

Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils have had a good look at each other, having played a high-octane game on Saturday. Warriors came back from two straight losses to post what was in the end a comfortable victory, led passionately by Sourav Ganguly. Daredevils, the team to beat so far this season, were in the game when Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen set the Kotla alight during five overs of ruthless domination in a big chase, but were shut out once they fell.

Barring Deccan Chargers, the tournament is wide open as the teams head towards the half-way stage of their campaigns, and a defeat for Daredevils will spice things up further. Can they level scores with Warriors, who are playing at home, where they won two out of two?

Form guide

Delhi Daredevils: LWWWL

Pune Warriors: WLLWL

Players to watch

Alfonso Thomas came in for Marlon Samuels in Warriors' previous game and bagged 3 for 22. He was the joint leading wicket-taker for Titans, the winners of South Africa's MiWay T20 competition, and is the second-highest wicket-taker in the T20 format. He was accurate against Daredevils both early on and during his return spell, and Warriors have good reason to retain him for Tuesday.

Morne Morkel is the highest wicket-taker this season but was smacked around by Warriors, going for 50 in three overs, albeit taking three wickets. He was at the receiving end of an early assault from Jesse Ryder, who began fortuitously, edging to third man and fine leg for boundaries, but dealt with him more convincingly thereafter. Morkel has a score to settle.

Stats and trivia

  • Taking the first six overs of an innings into account, Warriors scored 316 runs off 252 balls in seven games, going at 7.52 an over. This is, at the time of writing, the second-highest in terms of runs scored and third-highest in terms of run-rates for a team this IPL - Rajasthan Royals top the list for runs (329) and Deccan Chargers (7.86) for run-rates.

  • In Twenty20 cricket, Thomas is third on the list of bowlers who have bowled batsmen the most times. He's had 54 bowled dismissals in 135 matches. Lasith Malinga heads the list with 70 in 101 games and Dirk Nannes is next with 68 in 142. In the IPL, Malinga again tops the list with 38 in 25. Irfan Pathan is next with 19 in 15.

    Quotes

    "Ultimately, we have to see the team balance and right now, his performance behind the stumps has been satisfying. We don't have many options because we didn't take part in the auction." Sourav Ganguly on having Robin Uthappa as a makeshift keeper.

    Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 24, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    andre rustle must replace ross taylor because ross taylor does not perform that well andre rustes alrouding skills are second to none

  • on April 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @ Gagg : recent form is concerned, Tamim's 4 fifties were not in domestic league, those were in ODI matches against strong bowling line ups, 2 against Pakistan, 1 against India and 1 against Srilanka, where Malinga, Umar Gul, Afridi, Azmal, Zahir Khan bowled. Its strange comparing Tamim with Nathan Mccullum. And except Ryder no Newzeland player is successful in IPL5 yet.

  • on April 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Pune won their last game. So it's not WLLWL

  • StevieS on April 24, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Sanchit Sharma yep I agree, Nathan McCullum should get a go ahead of him, he has a better domestic batting record (NZ domestic cricket is stronger that Bangladesh domestic) 22/132 vs 19/107, and has a good bowling record also average 22 economy 7 , not to mention he is brilliant in the field.

  • vickytheboss on April 24, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    DD should take andre russell in place for ross taylor, what do you mean by 95% fit? He didnt perform well in last 3 games. Andre russell is a terrific allrounder. He can play big role while chasing.

  • ranjithrissur on April 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    there is not much to talk about delhi batting, they always have a viru and KP now, otherwise ordinary. but look at pune ryder failed for few matches yet they won it, same to uthappa,everybody will appreciate pune's bowling too is quite good,most importantly the captaincy- even die hard viru fans admits that he is nothing to dada when it comes to tricks and ideas,... so it is 2 out of 2.

  • yafai on April 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    dada is the best ipl 5 and the ajinkiya rahane is very impress in the going season

  • sagnikk on April 24, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @ PhaniBhaskar24....stop these non-sense talks...luck is nt favouring anyone......IT'S THE PASSION OF OUR PRINCE OF CALCUTTA.....nd shame 4 delhi...havn a gud batting line up....they drowned the lastday....if pune losses today 2 Delhi...they can 've confidence that they can beat stronger team.................................2day Matthews nd Rahul Sharma should b dropped.......bring in Samuels nd Bhuvaneshwar Kumar instead.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    pune need strategy. Mathews and pandey to bat up the order say at 4 and 5 if wickets fall b4 15 overs. Smith is a good finisher. With 6 rt handed batsmen in the opostion smith should be given the ball to turn it away. Mathews, ryder or dada must nt bowl in powerplay. 1 over can change the match.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Is it just me or is there anyone else who sick of hearing "Tamim should Play". I mean seriously this dude has a strike rate of 92 in T20, He is no doubt a good player but nowhere near as dangerous as ryder at top or as valuable overall as matthews or smith or samuels. It would be very interesting to see what pune does once clarke becomes available for IPL

  • on April 24, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    andre rustle must replace ross taylor because ross taylor does not perform that well andre rustes alrouding skills are second to none

  • on April 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @ Gagg : recent form is concerned, Tamim's 4 fifties were not in domestic league, those were in ODI matches against strong bowling line ups, 2 against Pakistan, 1 against India and 1 against Srilanka, where Malinga, Umar Gul, Afridi, Azmal, Zahir Khan bowled. Its strange comparing Tamim with Nathan Mccullum. And except Ryder no Newzeland player is successful in IPL5 yet.

  • on April 24, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Pune won their last game. So it's not WLLWL

  • StevieS on April 24, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Sanchit Sharma yep I agree, Nathan McCullum should get a go ahead of him, he has a better domestic batting record (NZ domestic cricket is stronger that Bangladesh domestic) 22/132 vs 19/107, and has a good bowling record also average 22 economy 7 , not to mention he is brilliant in the field.

  • vickytheboss on April 24, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    DD should take andre russell in place for ross taylor, what do you mean by 95% fit? He didnt perform well in last 3 games. Andre russell is a terrific allrounder. He can play big role while chasing.

  • ranjithrissur on April 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    there is not much to talk about delhi batting, they always have a viru and KP now, otherwise ordinary. but look at pune ryder failed for few matches yet they won it, same to uthappa,everybody will appreciate pune's bowling too is quite good,most importantly the captaincy- even die hard viru fans admits that he is nothing to dada when it comes to tricks and ideas,... so it is 2 out of 2.

  • yafai on April 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    dada is the best ipl 5 and the ajinkiya rahane is very impress in the going season

  • sagnikk on April 24, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @ PhaniBhaskar24....stop these non-sense talks...luck is nt favouring anyone......IT'S THE PASSION OF OUR PRINCE OF CALCUTTA.....nd shame 4 delhi...havn a gud batting line up....they drowned the lastday....if pune losses today 2 Delhi...they can 've confidence that they can beat stronger team.................................2day Matthews nd Rahul Sharma should b dropped.......bring in Samuels nd Bhuvaneshwar Kumar instead.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    pune need strategy. Mathews and pandey to bat up the order say at 4 and 5 if wickets fall b4 15 overs. Smith is a good finisher. With 6 rt handed batsmen in the opostion smith should be given the ball to turn it away. Mathews, ryder or dada must nt bowl in powerplay. 1 over can change the match.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Is it just me or is there anyone else who sick of hearing "Tamim should Play". I mean seriously this dude has a strike rate of 92 in T20, He is no doubt a good player but nowhere near as dangerous as ryder at top or as valuable overall as matthews or smith or samuels. It would be very interesting to see what pune does once clarke becomes available for IPL

  • satish619chandar on April 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    What a rematch.. Think Viru won't go into Dada's awe this time.. He did miss trick by not bowling left armers against Dada lst game.. Whereas, Dhoni bowled Jadeja and Jakati in tandem and got Dada out by Jakati himself.. To be fair, he is not the old Dada now and might miss/mishit one atleast.. Back the players picked.. Really Viru missed out by bowling parttimers in himself and KP to be smacked down..

  • an09 on April 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    If Ganguly gets wickets and scores runs then Delhi will loose but Daredevils have a good batting line up and they will win.

  • Baundele on April 24, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Tamim vs. Agarkar could be a pleasing to watch no-contest. But both will be sidelined.

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    So far PWI played with good combination, but the situation has been changed now, the remaining matches seems like Duel matches,who wins goes to top who loses goes to bottom.Marlon Samuels & A.Mathews are decent all rounder's seems struggling for form and they are not specialist in specific dept. like bowling or batting. Replacing Samules for Thomas was very good decision as it strengthened the bowling line up.PWI should replace Mathews for Tamim Iqbal to strengthen the batting line up and give atleast a chance to this batsman,who knows how effective & valuable he could be proved for his team who is in form scored 4 fifties in 4 matches in Asia Cup. A.Mathews played 5 matches scoring 54 runs with an avg.of 13.5 and got 3 wickets in 5 matches with an economy rate of 9.75 and bowled 2 overs for 32 runs against Delhi in last match.I am not telling to drop Mathews forever,just give a chance to another guy to perform and give rest to Mathews for a while who just returned from injury

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    The team selection will solely depends on the pitch. Pune can give Tamim a go by replacing Mathews but i dont think they will tinker with the winning combination. PWI batting is a weakness as there mathes is batting at no.6. Smith is the find for PWI in IPL 2012 as he is hitting the ball hard as ever. Lat game for Delhi was just an off day and i don't think they have to worry too much. Delhi is the team to beat in this IPL thanks to their owners who have bought two heavy weights in JAYAWARDENE and PEITERSON. All d best to DD.

  • mari2madhu on April 24, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Replace Mathews with samuels and rahul sharma with dinda if he fit. It will give correct combination for pune pitch

  • zahidtaniv on April 24, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    follow up on my previous comment: it will be Manish Pandey, not Matthews Manish Pandey

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    PLEASE PUNE! BRING TAMIM TO THE SQUAD! IT IS TIME ALREADY!

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @siri1234-I dont think he can even face 40 ball.!!! I think dada should bring Luke Wright in.. He will do great!

  • on April 24, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @Raiyan24r what a good joke you drop Smith for Thamin.

  • zahidtaniv on April 24, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I think Matthews Manish Pandey could be replaced by Tamim. Uthappa can be the wicketkeeper then. Matthews can bowl also, and that is crucial for the team balance. Dada himself has not performed that well except for the last game.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Luck will not always favor u. DD Dhamaka will be seen today. Sehwag just getting his touch.

  • siri1234 on April 24, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    it will be extremely foolish step if matthews will be dropped.plz tell me a single player who didnt hav a bad day in ipl.yesterday gayle also scored 4 from 8 balls.so should rcb drop gayle for the next match.angelo is a match winner on his day but unfortunately looks a bit rusty in ipl as he is coming from injury.but it will be foolishness from pune to drop him after just a couple of games.who knows today he may hit a 40 ball 200

  • Murali.Kesani on April 24, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Come on DADA.. u can win this game with ur allround performance. i wish you all the best.

  • gagan_deep on April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Dada should include Tamim Iqbal in place of Mathews.

  • on April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Carry on Dada. Your task will be a lot easier once Uthappa will click in for your team. ..

  • senthil25 on April 24, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    This time dada cant help is team from loss, DDs is going to rock.............

  • Raiyan24r on April 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    tamim and ryder should open.uthappa in 3 and dada in 4 with smith in 5.Mathews should be dropped.

  • British_North_America on April 24, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Delhi wins............................................

  • pai11 on April 24, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    interesting to see whether DADA sticks with Angelo or brings in someone else... from DDs perspective I am sure Negi will be dropped. So Agarkar/Salvi might get in.

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  • pai11 on April 24, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    interesting to see whether DADA sticks with Angelo or brings in someone else... from DDs perspective I am sure Negi will be dropped. So Agarkar/Salvi might get in.

  • British_North_America on April 24, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Delhi wins............................................

  • Raiyan24r on April 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    tamim and ryder should open.uthappa in 3 and dada in 4 with smith in 5.Mathews should be dropped.

  • senthil25 on April 24, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    This time dada cant help is team from loss, DDs is going to rock.............

  • on April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Carry on Dada. Your task will be a lot easier once Uthappa will click in for your team. ..

  • gagan_deep on April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Dada should include Tamim Iqbal in place of Mathews.

  • Murali.Kesani on April 24, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Come on DADA.. u can win this game with ur allround performance. i wish you all the best.

  • siri1234 on April 24, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    it will be extremely foolish step if matthews will be dropped.plz tell me a single player who didnt hav a bad day in ipl.yesterday gayle also scored 4 from 8 balls.so should rcb drop gayle for the next match.angelo is a match winner on his day but unfortunately looks a bit rusty in ipl as he is coming from injury.but it will be foolishness from pune to drop him after just a couple of games.who knows today he may hit a 40 ball 200

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Luck will not always favor u. DD Dhamaka will be seen today. Sehwag just getting his touch.

  • zahidtaniv on April 24, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I think Matthews Manish Pandey could be replaced by Tamim. Uthappa can be the wicketkeeper then. Matthews can bowl also, and that is crucial for the team balance. Dada himself has not performed that well except for the last game.