Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Hyderabad May 7, 2012

Punjab aim to keep pace


Match facts

Tuesday, May 8
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Kings XI Punjab have developed a reputation of being one of the best teams on the road, beating four of the top five teams in away matches. At home, they haven't been as good, losing their previous four matches at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali.The last of those was a heavy defeat to Rajasthan Royals, which their captain David Hussey termed one of their worst matches in IPL. Kings XI aren't considered among the top teams in the competition, and rarely go into a game as favourites, but against a demoralised Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad, they won't be the underdogs for once.

They are still waiting on the fitness of their regular captain, Adam Gilchrist, who has missed their previous six matches with hamstring problems. If he is fit in time for tomorrow, Kings XI will have a difficult choice to make: which of their overseas players to leave out? Shaun Marsh has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL across seasons, Hussey is also a confirmed starter, Azhar Mahmood provides muscular hitting as well as four bankable overs with the ball, while Ryan Harris took four wickets in his previous game.

Kings XI still have a realistic chance of reaching the play-off but Chargers don't after an AB de Villiers onslaught on Sunday pretty much confirmed a second miserable season in a row for them. In 2011, they managed to save face by winning the final three games of the campaign to finish seventh, climbing three places in the final week. They have been bottom of the pile virtually the entire tournament this year, and will hope for another winning run to avoid becoming the first team to finish last twice in the IPL.

Form guide

(completed games, most recent first)

Deccan Chargers: LLWLW
Kings XI Punjab: LWWLW

Players to watch

Dale Steyn has produced some of the most testing spells of the tournament, but has also had some forgettable days. In the two matches against Mumbai Indians, he proved nearly unplayable but against Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors he went wicketless and leaked runs at 11 an over or more. On Sunday against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he was very good at the start - bowling a maiden to Chris Gayle - before being taken apart by de Villiers at the death, with his 23-run over turning the match. Which Steyn will turn up on Tuesday? And will Chargers pick Rusty Theron ahead of him?

Praveen Kumar hasn't had the best of seasons, struggling to pick wickets and make an impact in a side where he is the leading Indian quick bowler. He was outstanding against Royal Challengers, sending down one of the most economic spells in IPL history, but Kings XI will expect more from him than just three wickets in 11 matches.

Stats and trivia

  • Chargers have tried 23 players this season, more than any other team. Mumbai and Royal Challengers are next with 22 players each.
  • Chargers' fielding has let them down all tournament, reflected by the fact that they have the least number of catches among all teams this year.


    "I don't think it's difficult to motivate us because we want to play our best cricket. We know if we play our best cricket, we will climb up the table."
    Daniel Harris says Chargers' intensity will remain though a play-off place looks extremely unlikely

    Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    HOPE DECCAN WILL UNDERSTAND IMPORTANCE OF SUDHINDRAN. He is a bowler who took the maximum wicket in Ranji Tropy in 2011. He is a bowler who can bowl at the speed of 140Km+.

    Hope Sanga will give him a chance.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Big game for Punjab. they need a win

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I'm a Deccan Chargers fan. But two days ago, when AB Devilliers was hitting us out of the match, I was actually laughing. This is the first match in the tournament (after that first match horrible defeat against Chennai) where we lost not because of our mistakes but because the opponent was too strong for us. ABD just threw us out of the match. What a player.

  • Raj on May 8, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    DC is the most consistent team since last year, they stuck to the bottom and wont leave. At times, all the 11 players are playing their own game in their own way, I guess Lehman forgot to tell them to play as a team. Most of my friends, who are DC fans have given up on them and instead support Delhi or KKR.

  • CSKFAN on May 8, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Team should be: D.Harris, Dhawan, Sanga(WK & C),White, Duminy, Ravi teja, Ankitsharma,styen, Mishra, A.Reddy & VPsingh Harris was good option for bowling as last match he was not used by sanga.. This IPL was over for they must give chance to local players to see who does well and groom for next year...

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    DC should start playing the spoilers now..... They have 2 games against Kings XI, and if they win like they did against PWI, KXIP will be in deep trouble... same way if they win thier games against RR&DD, both teams have to work hard in rest of thier games to be in top4...

    Still chances of Top4 for DC is not ruled out on paper,if they win remaining 5 matches with good margins, they will end up with 15 points and if RR,KXIP,RCB,CSK lose 3 games each, they will be behind DC....practically its highly difficult, but still chances are there...

    Now its high time for DC to play to their full potential and salvage thier pride by moving up in the points table

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    A perfect setup for the Kings to makeup their losses against a wayward DC attack.. DC have been completely out of shape. Also, its high time that Punjab gives atleast a chance to Valthaty as Nayar has been a useless addition. My team for Kings XI: Marsh, Mandeep, Saini(wk), Valthaty, Hussey(c), Azhar Mahmood, Chawla, Powar, Ryan Harris, Praveen and Awana.

  • Robin on May 8, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    2012 ipl finished for DC now. Atleast think about 2013 ipl and buy some good allrounders like kallis, angelo mathews, IK Pathan.. who can bat and bowl. I want to see rest steyn today and see whether DC will win coz last 2 win came when steyn was rested. not because of his performance, I know steyn gives 200% to the team but may be DC is lucky when steyn is not playing.

  • Robin on May 8, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    The main problem for DC is their bowling attack. They all depend on STEYN. Steyn is not a good bowler in last overs like malinga. He is very good in first few overs. Sanga should find someone else in last overs. I'm sure they will win this game. Good Luck

  • Sunil on May 8, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @sunny.patel86 ! i fully endorse you sunny Kings shud open bowling with Harris and Mahmood followed by Srivastava and then spinner Power, Chawla, i think you shud get your best bowlers upfront and let them strike if first six overs to dominate !

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