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?

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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...........

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