Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Dharamsala May 18, 2012

Punjab must topple giants to stay alive

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Match facts

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Kings XI Punjab's sternest test has been left for last. They came into their final two games needing to win both, first against the defending champions and then this year's form team, to have any chance of progressing to the playoffs. They duly trampled Chennai Super Kings in Dharamsala to remain in contention, and will need to repeat the performance against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday. Even if they do, they will have to hope for a couple of other results to go their way, to secure their place in the final four.

Getting past Daredevils, needless to say, will be a tough proposition. The teams met on Tuesday for the first time, with Daredevils securing an easy five-wicket win. Kings XI did well to pick up four early wickets to give themselves a fighting chance of defending 136, but in the final analysis, their batsmen let them down. They turned it around against Super Kings with a fine bowling effort in seaming conditions. Kings XI's ground fielding, though, wasn't impressive.

Daredevils fell short by 21 runs in a high-scorer at the Feroz Shah Kotla against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Their bowlers had a tough outing, taking just one wicket and leaking 215. Virender Sehwag sat out due to an illness and Morne Morkel was rested. Their return for the final league match is uncertain. Daredevils can still experiment, considering they're already through to the playoffs and have made sure they'll have the added benefit of finishing in the top two. Daredevils' batting looked vulnerable in spicier bowling conditions in Chennai recently. Dharamsala may not give them much respite.

Form guide


Kings XI Punjab: WLWWL (most recent first, completed games)
Delhi Daredevils: LWLWL

Players to watch

Adam Gilchrist had to sit out nine matches to allow his torn hamstring to heal. The wait was worth it as he hammered an unbeaten 64 against Super Kings to pilot Kings XI's chase, and there were no signs of rustiness as he brought out his trademark cuts and slogs.

It had been a sleepy tournament for Ross Taylor until his aggressive 55 off 26 balls at the Kotla against Royal Challengers. Taylor was the only half-centurion for Daredevils in their chase of 216 and his wicket turned out to be the most prized of the evening. His return to form has strengthened Daredevils' middle-order, which had seemed in dodgy form after Kevin Pietersen's departure.

Stats and trivia

  • Daredevils have the second-best strike-rate this season: 132.35, behind only Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Kings XI's current leading run-scorer and wicket-taker are Indian players: Mandeep Singh (432 runs) and Parvinder Awana (17 wickets)

    Quotes

    "We are underdogs, and we have still managed to beat all the big teams. We always believed in our game and played hard cricket.
    Azhar Mahmood on Kings XI's progress

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • arief07 on May 19, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I want punjab to loose this match because i am a mumbai indians fan.If punjab wins this match and if mumbai looses the last match,then mumbai indians team will not enter the qualifiers round due to net run-rate problem.

  • Min2_cric on May 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Damn man ! ! Sehwag not playing again.Thats ridiculous.Even Ross Taylor not playing today.He should have been given one more chance before the playoffs.....

  • dmqi on May 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Mahela and Morkel deserve to be rested. New players must be tried. Why they are in the team?

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    They Can ... Delhi Daredevils is the most inconsistent team in IPL... In 2011, in the bottom rank 9 ... in 2012 rank 1 top... like their captain Sehwag...

    Five consecutive 50s and then no double digit score for rest of the match 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8... finally sits out in a game...

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 19, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    how can you expect Punjab to win? They no have Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe. Goodbye Punjab

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Punjab should win for further interesting ipl...lol

  • muh189 on May 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    if there is sehwag or not, i have a feeling that today is warner's day!!!!!!!his century against the deccan has meant that he will score another one in this IPL

  • Min2_cric on May 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    I m a great fan of DD.But today ll be the first time in the tournament when i ll be against DD coz i want CSK out of the tournament.

  • theswami on May 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Script : Punjab loses today, Bengaluru tomorrow; Chennai get into play-offs and enter finals ... the playoffs in Bengaluru & Chennai will have empty stands and franchisees are bound to lose cash if the above do not occur ...

  • Sunilcecil on May 19, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    wELL its a close one every one is gona be like every one is gona b at evrey ones throats ! but same advice Kings XI win toss bowl first ! hope we donot have a rain day today tht be aweful ! Gili, Azhar, Awana, PK go get them boys mandeep will go out on duck today + plzz dont play Chawla for God's Sake !! hope you learn Gilchrist from mistake of Hussey plzzz donot play Chawla coz hez gona bring rain of 66666666 this much sixes...........

  • arief07 on May 19, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I want punjab to loose this match because i am a mumbai indians fan.If punjab wins this match and if mumbai looses the last match,then mumbai indians team will not enter the qualifiers round due to net run-rate problem.

  • Min2_cric on May 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Damn man ! ! Sehwag not playing again.Thats ridiculous.Even Ross Taylor not playing today.He should have been given one more chance before the playoffs.....

  • dmqi on May 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Mahela and Morkel deserve to be rested. New players must be tried. Why they are in the team?

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    They Can ... Delhi Daredevils is the most inconsistent team in IPL... In 2011, in the bottom rank 9 ... in 2012 rank 1 top... like their captain Sehwag...

    Five consecutive 50s and then no double digit score for rest of the match 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8... finally sits out in a game...

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 19, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    how can you expect Punjab to win? They no have Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe. Goodbye Punjab

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Punjab should win for further interesting ipl...lol

  • muh189 on May 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    if there is sehwag or not, i have a feeling that today is warner's day!!!!!!!his century against the deccan has meant that he will score another one in this IPL

  • Min2_cric on May 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    I m a great fan of DD.But today ll be the first time in the tournament when i ll be against DD coz i want CSK out of the tournament.

  • theswami on May 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Script : Punjab loses today, Bengaluru tomorrow; Chennai get into play-offs and enter finals ... the playoffs in Bengaluru & Chennai will have empty stands and franchisees are bound to lose cash if the above do not occur ...

  • Sunilcecil on May 19, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    wELL its a close one every one is gona be like every one is gona b at evrey ones throats ! but same advice Kings XI win toss bowl first ! hope we donot have a rain day today tht be aweful ! Gili, Azhar, Awana, PK go get them boys mandeep will go out on duck today + plzz dont play Chawla for God's Sake !! hope you learn Gilchrist from mistake of Hussey plzzz donot play Chawla coz hez gona bring rain of 66666666 this much sixes...........

  • on May 19, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Dear Sehwag, please play against Kings XI and win the match and please don't drop Morkel either. Hope to see you in the finals. yours lovingly, CSK

  • naumianas on May 19, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    i m die hard DD fan but today i ll pray for Punjab win so Csk ll be out Lol :P RIP CSK

  • Min2_cric on May 19, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I m not sure whether such exciting situations in this year's IPL is preplanned or its just coincidence.Whatever it may be its interesting.

  • on May 19, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    wishing that kings reach playoffs and the sole pakistani showing his worth#

  • on May 19, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    RCB can still reach 2 nd spot. KKR has to loose to PWI by atleast 30 runs and RCB has to win against DD by atleast 30 runs..... Both KKR amd RCB will have 19 points then but victory margin of 30 runs in both the matchs will take RCB above KKR

  • on May 19, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    im a delhi-ite but want punjab to win....mumbai to lose to RR....bangalore to lose to deccan....final 4 (delhi,kkr,punjab,mumbai) ....dont want bangalore and csk anywhere around the semi

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 19, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    If punjab wants to win, they must get shakib the play the match. Punjab selectors have no knowledge if they don't select shakib for the match. He is the world's best All-rounder. He should play for all teams in IPL. Don't laugh about it. OK.

  • on May 19, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Delhi is going to be conquered!

  • on May 19, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    I would prefer Delhi not experimenting any more and get down to the serious business end of the tournament.Momentum build up is essential at this part of the stage.I would like Delhi to have a thumping win with around 180+ on board batting first with atleast 50+ contributions from Sehwag and Warner/Taylor and a quickfire from russell/Naman/VRao.This win will give them enough win to take on KKR in the 1st playoff (Provided KKR win its last game against Pune which they would I think). Remember it is all about Confidence at this stage.

    Play A game DD. Punjab will fall on the feet.

  • on May 19, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    chake de phatte kxip Good Luck

  • smk_1984 on May 19, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Mumbai or RCB has to lose to make path for KXIP to make it thru to the playoffs.!!But am quite restless to knoe abt the fate of R.Harris and Shaun Marsh in the final game today!!DD has a strong batting line up..Azhar Mehmood,D.Hussey n Gilly r doing a fine job as foreign players!!

  • on May 19, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Come on Punjab. I hope Punjab will win and qualify for play off.

  • hari040761 on May 19, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    DD SHOULD NOT TAKE ANY CHANCE FROM NOW ONWARDS WITH BENCH STRENGTH AND REGROUP BEFORE THE QUALIFIER 1 TO GET QUALIFIED AT THE 1ST INSTANCE ITSELF. EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE ONE MORE CHANCE IF FAILS IN THE FIRST ATTEMPT, IT IS BETTER TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE FINALS. tHE FAST BOWLERS SHOULD MAINTAIN GOOD LINE LENGTH AND GET RID OF GILLY, MANDEEP, HUSSEY, AZHAR, MARSH. WARNER SHOULD BE SELECTIVE OF HIS SHOTS LIKE GAYLE WHO WAIT FOR THE BAD BALLS AND ALSO REASONABLY GOOD BALLS AND WON'T GO AFTER EVERY BALL TILL HE REACHES THE RREQUIRED MOMENTUM. GOODLUCK DD. WIN THE TOSS BOWL FIRST AND ROUTE KXI TO A GETTABLE TOTAL, WIN THE MATCH AND BE THE TOP OF THE TABLE.

  • squarepeg on May 19, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    It will be great if KXIP qualifies, but for that several upsets are required. It will take some doing to get DD down however, esp if Sehwag is back. Mahela is too good a player to be dropped, the day he strikes form, it will be a feast for the eyes, he is the most stylish & pleasing batsman.

  • Bijoy.A.J on May 19, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    WE NEED A HUNDRED FROM GILLY TODAY.......HOPING FOR IT...

  • AB-14 on May 19, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    IF RCB AND KXIP WINS THERE BOTH MATCHES ABD RR BEATS MUMBAI INDIAN BY GOOD MARGIN THEN KXIP NRR WILL BE BETTER AND RCB AND KXIP WILL GO TO PLAYOFFS

  • RajCSK on May 19, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    if punjap wins then that would make trouble to RCB and CSK . If RCB wins DC , which is pretty much gonna happen, will show doors to CSK and K11. K11 also depends on RR to win MI.what a tangled web the final phase turned in to.

  • on May 18, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Russell should be given a chance higher up the order at 4 and Taylor at 5. This way we can get an idea who is in better form currently. Russell might also fit in place of Morkel if the playoffs are on slow surface like in Chennai.

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Shewag and Morkel should have fitness issue and be rested for this game. Kings XI deserves to be in the play off.

  • montys_muse on May 18, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Would love to KXIP finish in the top 4 for two reasons. One being, we will have two different teams in the top 4 this year, keeping IPL from becoming too predictable even before it begins each year. Other being, it will give hope to other underdog teams that if they play well, they can finish at the top too.

  • the_Srikanth on May 18, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    oh. i forgot to mention that warner of course comes back for the play offs. One of Mahel and taylor, mostly Mahela must sit out.

  • the_Srikanth on May 18, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    I think Delhi should rest Warner and play Mahela,Taylor, Russell and Morkel. They cannot assume that Mahela or Taylor would be a better batting option than Russell, especially after what they saw from Russell in the previous game. Mahela has looked inconsistent, and Taylor has just 1 good innings to his name. With the presence of Ojha and Rao in the middle order, what the really need is someone like Russel, and not Mahela. Morkel deserves to get a shot at the purple cap. Its going to be a good contest with morkel, malinga and narine tied on 21 wickets and left with 1 game each.

  • on May 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    KXIP won all matches against the giants..can they do against the Biggest giant of 2O12 ? i hope so,i really hate Mumbai/RCB/chennai ..

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  • on May 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    KXIP won all matches against the giants..can they do against the Biggest giant of 2O12 ? i hope so,i really hate Mumbai/RCB/chennai ..

  • the_Srikanth on May 18, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    I think Delhi should rest Warner and play Mahela,Taylor, Russell and Morkel. They cannot assume that Mahela or Taylor would be a better batting option than Russell, especially after what they saw from Russell in the previous game. Mahela has looked inconsistent, and Taylor has just 1 good innings to his name. With the presence of Ojha and Rao in the middle order, what the really need is someone like Russel, and not Mahela. Morkel deserves to get a shot at the purple cap. Its going to be a good contest with morkel, malinga and narine tied on 21 wickets and left with 1 game each.

  • the_Srikanth on May 18, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    oh. i forgot to mention that warner of course comes back for the play offs. One of Mahel and taylor, mostly Mahela must sit out.

  • montys_muse on May 18, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Would love to KXIP finish in the top 4 for two reasons. One being, we will have two different teams in the top 4 this year, keeping IPL from becoming too predictable even before it begins each year. Other being, it will give hope to other underdog teams that if they play well, they can finish at the top too.

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Shewag and Morkel should have fitness issue and be rested for this game. Kings XI deserves to be in the play off.

  • on May 18, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Russell should be given a chance higher up the order at 4 and Taylor at 5. This way we can get an idea who is in better form currently. Russell might also fit in place of Morkel if the playoffs are on slow surface like in Chennai.

  • RajCSK on May 19, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    if punjap wins then that would make trouble to RCB and CSK . If RCB wins DC , which is pretty much gonna happen, will show doors to CSK and K11. K11 also depends on RR to win MI.what a tangled web the final phase turned in to.

  • AB-14 on May 19, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    IF RCB AND KXIP WINS THERE BOTH MATCHES ABD RR BEATS MUMBAI INDIAN BY GOOD MARGIN THEN KXIP NRR WILL BE BETTER AND RCB AND KXIP WILL GO TO PLAYOFFS

  • Bijoy.A.J on May 19, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    WE NEED A HUNDRED FROM GILLY TODAY.......HOPING FOR IT...

  • squarepeg on May 19, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    It will be great if KXIP qualifies, but for that several upsets are required. It will take some doing to get DD down however, esp if Sehwag is back. Mahela is too good a player to be dropped, the day he strikes form, it will be a feast for the eyes, he is the most stylish & pleasing batsman.