Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Mohali

Punjab's chance to move up the table

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May 12, 2012

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Match facts

Sunday, May 13, 2012, Mohali
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Azhar Mahmood dismissed both Mumbai Indians openers, Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Mohali, April 25, 2012
Azhar Mahmood has produced timely contributions with bat and ball © AFP
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Just when you think Deccan Chargers cannot slip any further, they prove you wrong. They smashed 117 runs off the last nine overs against a Delhi Daredevils attack with four international bowlers, and then proceeded to concede 193 in 16.4 overs to David Warner and Naman Ojha. Their attack did not have a single overseas bowler, and the most experienced Indian bowler, Amit Mishra, went for 44. Precious little has gone their way this season.

In their previous game, against Kings XI Punjab, Chargers had lost three big wickets in eight deliveries as their chase derailed in the middle overs. Kings XI are in seventh position on the points table but are still in with a chance of making the playoffs. However, they will be wary of the fact that they have lost their previous four games at home this season.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Kings XI Punjab: WLWWL
Deccan Chargers: LLLLW

Players to watch

Shikhar Dhawan, with a career Twenty20 strike-rate of 118.36, often struggles to accelerate when he gets himself in. His strike-rate of 171.42 during his innings of 84 against Daredevils, however, was his highest among his 15 half-centuries. What can he do in Mohali?

Azhar Mahmood hasn't imposed himself on the tournament with either bat or ball, but he has produced timely contributions with both. It was a tight over from him, and another from Parvinder Awana, that precipitated the mid-innings collapse in the game against Chargers.

Stats and trivia

(Stats, as on Saturday)
  • Chargers have taken the least wickets, 60, and have been the most expensive attack, at 8.47 runs per over, this season
  • Chargers' 74-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings in Visakhapatnam is the heaviest this season (in terms of runs).

    Quotes

    "Batting is not our major concern. It has mainly been bowling. We have missed one of our frontline bowlers in Ishant Sharma. The rest are young raw kids... in crunch times, experience does count."
    Kumar Sangakkara, the Chargers captain

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Posted by PhaniBhaskar24 on (May 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

@ Mr.Anonymous, don't worry about Sanga saying something. I doubt if some cares his talk. Its just batting clicked against DD, this talk has creeped up. Otherwise, he doesn't have intentions to win matches for DC. Next year, if Sanga can be removed from DC, with Lehman still continuing as coach, we will defenitely DC potential with current team as well. Cricinfo pls post this

Posted by ppradeepreddy on (May 13, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

The big problem with DC is their team selection, very inconsistent team selection, poor management

Posted by   on (May 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Deccan has a loose bowling line up but their batting has shown some spark. So, Kings should choose Harris over Miller and bring in Valthaty over Chitnis. Valthaty deserves more than a chance. He's a class player to watch. My XI for Kings XI: Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Paul Valthaty, David Hussey(c), Azhar Mahmood,Nitin Saini(wK), Ryan Harris, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Bhargav Bhatt and Parwinder Awana

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (May 13, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Its hig time for Gilly to return to the playing 11..... Punjab xi has a good chance to enter playoffs gilly's inclusion will be the big boost for them...... please GILLY come to team ...... my PXI for today.............>>

1.Gilly 2.Mandeep 3.Marsh 4. David Hussey 5.Azhar Mahmood 6.Abhisek Nayar 7.valthaty/Bipul Sharma 8.Piyush Chawla 9.Praveen Kumar 10.Awana 11.Harmeet Singh

Posted by SamAsh07 on (May 13, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Next year hopefully Pakistanis will be allowed into the IPL as they are allowed to join CLT20 now. Then DC should try their best in buying Saeed Ajmal and Ahmed Shehzad. :P

Posted by TSJ07 on (May 13, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

If Punjab wins this match,semifinal race will become even more interesting and side winning all the remaining matches will qualify for the last spot out of KXIP, RCB, RR,and CSK.RR has to win today's macth to remain ion the hunt and they are yet to play with the weakest teams.My wishes are with the Punjab teams and I hope they qualify for SF after qualifying once but failing to qualify twice by loosing last league match they wanted to win in 2009/2011.Go on Punjab!!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

I am a Punjabi and I would like to see Punjab team to win. Azhar Mehmood is my favorite player and he will do well in this match. Come on Punjab........

Posted by   on (May 13, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Too much changes in the playing eleven...that is the problem with DC... They selected Thanmay Mishra for one game...He did not get any opportunity to bat...not selected in the next match...So as Biplab Samantray....Then last year Dwaraka Ravitheja was Hbd 's most sucessful batsman and he is parttime legspinner too.Got chance to bat for one game that too in the seventh down..and not selected aftewards.Akshanth reddy is a good opener he batted well in one game only.So poor managemnt and team selection from DC!

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (May 13, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

If I believe what Sanga is saying then I don't understand the reason for Deccan Chargers to transfer over Pragyan Ojha and Harmeet Singh during the transfer window. Considering that bowling has been their major problem, transferring those 2 Indian players was a big mistake. The side could have been very competitive with Steyn, Harmeet Singh, Ojha and Amit Mishra as 4 front line bowlers and adding a fifth spinner or pacer as the conditions required. Of course, the presence of Ishant Sharma if available partnering Dale Steyn could have made the side even more potent.

While their batting may not be a major concern, it has been very inconsistent throughout the tournament and only in the last few matches they seem to have been slightly more consistent but its still disappointing.

They should definitely sack the fielding coach and personally, I think they should sack Darren Lehman as well (its been a disgraceful performance from him) at the end of this edition.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

Punjab should end their home-ground-losing-streak.Deccan has a weak bowling power.Even if they make a high score,they won't be able to defend it.That's the point for KXIP to pick up.Deccan has already lost this IPL,but Punjab still has a chance.Idk whether Gilly will play tomorrow or not,but i'm not sure he can do anything.The team should be the way it is now.All the very best Punjab.Don't disappoint me. :)

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