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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  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

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