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The Preview by Siddhartha Talya
April 23, 2012
Match factsTuesday, April 24, Delhi
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 guideDelhi 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
"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.
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