Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Delhi April 22, 2013

Northern neighbours buoyed by weekend success

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Match facts

Tuesday, April 23
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Whether it was the inspiration of meeting Sir Viv Richards, or the abysmal bowling from Mumbai Indians or Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene finally playing the way they are expected to, Delhi Daredevils finally ended their winless streak at eight (including the losses in the playoffs last season). Chances of reaching the playoffs still remain remote, but at least they have got their campaign off the ground.

They made a big call ahead of the match against Mumbai on Sunday, dropping their best bowler from the previous season, Morne Morkel. His replacement Andre Russell, however, continues to leak runs at an alarming rate - his economy-rate of 9.95 is the third worst in the IPL, behind only the forgotten P Amarnath and his Daredevils team-mate Sehwag. Daredevils have struggled to settle on their four overseas players this season, and will have to tinker again against Kings XI Punjab.

Their opponents may have pulled off the joint highest chase of the season against Pune Warriors on Sunday, but have some major team changes to make. Two of their regulars, Adam Gilchrist and Azhar Mahmood, have fared poorly in recent matches and both are on the brink of losing their places. They might get another shot, as coach Darren Lehmann has ruled out Shaun Marsh for the match. Marsh, who joined the squad recently, has not played any cricket after recovering from a surgery and Lehmann stated that he would be considered for selection only after he regained full fitness and participated in fielding drills.

What will be a huge lift for Kings XI is that their team - generally regarded to have one of the most fragile batting line-ups in the tournament - managed to overhaul a stiff 185 against Warriors, even without needing the services of David Hussey. David Miller and Hussey have performed well for the side and the win against Warriors has lifted them to mid-table, above heavyweights like Mumbai and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Form Guide

Delhi Daredevils WLLLL (most recent first)
Kings XI Punjab WLWLL

Players to watch

One of the most valuable performers for Kings XI last season, Azhar Mahmood has had a patchy IPL 2013. In five innings, he has scored just 35 runs at an average of 7 and was out for a duck in a big chase yesterday. His bowling has been inconsistent too. Although he is the leading wicket-taker for Kings XI, he has conceded runs at crucial stages, including the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. As a senior player in the side, Mahmood will need to contribute more.

The match against Mumbai Indians was the first time David Warner had not opened in an IPL game. With Daredevils having a difficult time this season, he has been shifted out of his favourite spot at the top of the order. Jayawardene has said he wants Warner to become a finisher, "to play the role that Kevin [Pietersen] played last year". Can Warner adapt to his new role?

Stats and trivia

  • Sehwag has scored 2028 runs in the IPL at a strike-rate of 165.41, the best strike-rate among batsmen who have scored at least 100 IPL runs
  • David Hussey needs 55 more to become the third batsman to reach 5000 Twenty20 runs
  • Miller had an outstanding season in England's Friends Life t20 in 2012 - scoring at a strike-rate of 153 and an average of 48.75

Quotes

"I am definitely under scrutiny, I have not scored runs. The drop catch was a really bad let off and it could have cost us the game. Not good enough for me. When we sit down at the selection table, we will have to look at that and see what's right."
Adam Gilchrist hints at his place in the XI being up for grabs

"He is a star for the future. He has a good mind, wants to do well and I am really happy for him."
David Miller on young Kings XI batsman Mandeep Singh

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • gsingh7 on April 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    first swinging ball and overrated mahela takes a walk . this shows his true worth on swinging tracks. even medium pace of praveen gets him out.

  • devdevabrata on April 23, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    The youngsters of Punjab really doing a Nice job and the Delhi team is just a piece and pieces of this edition not just this they are like this from last 6 edition including two champions league the Punjab team just concentrate on their merit and assimilation their best for today's game my best wishes is with Punjab team bring pomersbach or haris 4 this game best of luck

  • on April 23, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood Should take more responsibility in this match because dd has various match winning players so play natural game & clinch the win from today's game best of luck fr both teams, specially KXIP :)

  • on April 23, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @Lasom : "Umesh Yadav is the weak link. He was bad at bawl & fielding. " :: he is highest wicket taker..

  • Lasom on April 23, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    1) Mahela Jayawardene (c) 2) Virender Sehwag 3) David Warner 4) Unmukt Chand 5) Kedar Jadhav 6) Naman Ojha (wk) 7) Roelof van der Merwe 8) Irfan Pathan 9) Morne Morkel 10) Shahbaz Nadeem 11) Umesh Yadav

    Umesh Yadav is the weak link. He was bad at bawl & fielding.

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @SamAsh: 'KXIP should drop Azhar Mahmood already.... barely gets wickets' .. he is the highest wicket taker for Kings XI :p

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Sad that Marsh can't play today. He presence will make Punjab quite formidable. I am not able to figure out why don't play Pomersbach. He has a decent IPL record with a good strike rate and is also coming with a great Big Bash season. It was lot to ask from Mahmood to promote him to no 3. Hes an intelligent bowler but never was more than an average batsman for even Pak. I think Harris should replace him(Is he injured?). As for Delhi, well they must open with Mahela and Viru. Mahela is a great opener, and well Warner can provide fireworks later. Please play Unmukt as a finisher. He always looks confused should he go for shots or should he play himself in at the start. Russel is been going for runs, so maybe Morkel should replace him. I think Delhi have the potential to go for 6 direct wins now with a settled squad.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 23, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @SamAsh07 ; Yep, you are absolutely right. Gilchrist's should play coz his " wicket keeping qualities are beyond this world" (even though he barely can connect the ball with his bat). The way he dropped Finch at 2* (who eventually went on to score a 50+ including some towering sixes) was BEYOND THIS WORLD to me. LOL

  • Anvith21 on April 23, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    it will be cracker tonight, who ever the team they pick in as both of them are arch rivals.

  • SamAsh07 on April 23, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    KXIP should drop Azhar Mahmood already, what has he done in this IPL? He doesn't score and barely gets wickets, Gilchrist should stay in the side because his leadership and wicketkeeping qualities are beyond this world.

    KXIP lineup- 1) Marsh 2) Mandeep 3) Miller 4) Hussey 5) Vohra 6) Gukeerat 7) Gilchrist 8) Chawla 9) Gony 10) Kumar 11) Awana

    Gilly should stay at No.7 to whack a few boundaries at the end overs if need be.

  • gsingh7 on April 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    first swinging ball and overrated mahela takes a walk . this shows his true worth on swinging tracks. even medium pace of praveen gets him out.

  • devdevabrata on April 23, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    The youngsters of Punjab really doing a Nice job and the Delhi team is just a piece and pieces of this edition not just this they are like this from last 6 edition including two champions league the Punjab team just concentrate on their merit and assimilation their best for today's game my best wishes is with Punjab team bring pomersbach or haris 4 this game best of luck

  • on April 23, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood Should take more responsibility in this match because dd has various match winning players so play natural game & clinch the win from today's game best of luck fr both teams, specially KXIP :)

  • on April 23, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @Lasom : "Umesh Yadav is the weak link. He was bad at bawl & fielding. " :: he is highest wicket taker..

  • Lasom on April 23, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    1) Mahela Jayawardene (c) 2) Virender Sehwag 3) David Warner 4) Unmukt Chand 5) Kedar Jadhav 6) Naman Ojha (wk) 7) Roelof van der Merwe 8) Irfan Pathan 9) Morne Morkel 10) Shahbaz Nadeem 11) Umesh Yadav

    Umesh Yadav is the weak link. He was bad at bawl & fielding.

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @SamAsh: 'KXIP should drop Azhar Mahmood already.... barely gets wickets' .. he is the highest wicket taker for Kings XI :p

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Sad that Marsh can't play today. He presence will make Punjab quite formidable. I am not able to figure out why don't play Pomersbach. He has a decent IPL record with a good strike rate and is also coming with a great Big Bash season. It was lot to ask from Mahmood to promote him to no 3. Hes an intelligent bowler but never was more than an average batsman for even Pak. I think Harris should replace him(Is he injured?). As for Delhi, well they must open with Mahela and Viru. Mahela is a great opener, and well Warner can provide fireworks later. Please play Unmukt as a finisher. He always looks confused should he go for shots or should he play himself in at the start. Russel is been going for runs, so maybe Morkel should replace him. I think Delhi have the potential to go for 6 direct wins now with a settled squad.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 23, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @SamAsh07 ; Yep, you are absolutely right. Gilchrist's should play coz his " wicket keeping qualities are beyond this world" (even though he barely can connect the ball with his bat). The way he dropped Finch at 2* (who eventually went on to score a 50+ including some towering sixes) was BEYOND THIS WORLD to me. LOL

  • Anvith21 on April 23, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    it will be cracker tonight, who ever the team they pick in as both of them are arch rivals.

  • SamAsh07 on April 23, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    KXIP should drop Azhar Mahmood already, what has he done in this IPL? He doesn't score and barely gets wickets, Gilchrist should stay in the side because his leadership and wicketkeeping qualities are beyond this world.

    KXIP lineup- 1) Marsh 2) Mandeep 3) Miller 4) Hussey 5) Vohra 6) Gukeerat 7) Gilchrist 8) Chawla 9) Gony 10) Kumar 11) Awana

    Gilly should stay at No.7 to whack a few boundaries at the end overs if need be.

  • Makg on April 23, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Mr. Lehman will be in a big dilemma as the performance of Miller has blocked a spot in the Playing 11, with 3 places vacant and the way experienced David hussey bat he will surely in. Now Azhar mehmood is veteran, even his presence make a lot of difference so he is in. Now the man under scrutiny is Mr. Adam Gilchirst. Removing him means Nitin Saini is in. Now with Nitin saini in, PK, PC,PA,MG are fixed bowling line up.Now with Mandeep and Gurkeerat are showing good intents, Vohra will have to make way for Marsh, Pomerbach or Maschrenaus... Really a decision to make, coz he is playing well but how to include him in team...Let's see how it unveils...

  • cricketanand12 on April 23, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    I think Graeme Smith will be best option for Delhi Daredvils at the moment.He is the guy who can provide them solidity at the top and even he can accelerate the run rate iwhenever needed.They should play Mahela,Smith,Morkel,Roelof Vander Merwe. They need a finisher badly and may be Craig Kieswitter or Martin Guptill the man for them. My DD Xi:Graeme Smith,Virendra Sehwag,Mahela Jayawardena,Kedar Jadhav,Naman ojha,Martin Guptill,Irfan Pathan,Shahbaaz nadeem,Umesh Yadav,Siddarth Kaul,Morne Morkel.

  • muthyamreddy on April 23, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene , Virender Sehwag, David Warner in this three anyone to play up to 16th over

  • muthyamreddy on April 23, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    1) Mahela Jayawardene (c) 2) Virender Sehwag 3) David Warner 4) Unmukt Chand 5) Kedar Jadhav 6) Naman Ojha (wk) 7) Roelof van der Merwe 8) Irfan Pathan 9) Morne Morkel 10) Shahbaz Nadeem 11) Umesh Yadav

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I believe Gilly seems to out of form but the team needs him as he's not only a good captain but a great mentor and lifts the side with his presence. He should start playing a role of giving good starts. A 30 runs off 15 balls kinda knock would help the team a lot. They have a lot of match winners to follw-up.

  • 9ST9 on April 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @Sinhya - Yes of course they can make a 100 partnership every match and will bring it up probably in the 19th over, and DD will make scores like 105/1 off 20 overs or 104/0 off 20 and the opposition will knock it off in 12 overs or less.

    @Amila Sampath - of course he's kidding mate and note he is not Sinhaya but Sinhya probably an impostor lol.

  • on April 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    @sinhaya : Are you alright mate? Micheal Vandort? He didn't even make a mark in SL ODI squad, havn't played a single T20 for SL. what makes you think even any of the DD management team would even remember his name? Upul is understandable, but still there are better T20 players than him. I am from SL too, but seriously i hope you are just joking.

  • on April 23, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Mahela and Viru should hav opened in the start of the ipl. its a really good combination of class and power. DD rockz!!

  • zeus_kris on April 22, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    KxiP should play Luke Pomersbach in place of Adam Gilchrist.

    My 4 foreign players would be: Pomersbach, Miller, Hussey, Mascarenhas

    When Shaun Marsh is fit, Pomersbach or Mascarenhas could drop out. This will be a strong side to take on others.

  • ramonster on April 22, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Gilly will fire, KXIP wol WIN!!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    We need another classy innings from legendary Captain Mahela. He is the highest scorer for DD so far with two 50's . Great to see the skipper is leading from the front.

  • Htc-Baseball on April 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    I would suggest delhi to sign either michael vandort or upul tharanga or tharanga paranavitana as the replacement player for Ryder, one of them can partner Mahela at the top and both can bring 100 partnerships in every match

  • Htc-Baseball on April 22, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Punjab needs Mascharenhas who has a lankan heritage, he can only win for punjab, and same way Delhi needs to bring back Jeevan Mendis in place of van der merwe to win the match

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  • Htc-Baseball on April 22, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Punjab needs Mascharenhas who has a lankan heritage, he can only win for punjab, and same way Delhi needs to bring back Jeevan Mendis in place of van der merwe to win the match

  • Htc-Baseball on April 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    I would suggest delhi to sign either michael vandort or upul tharanga or tharanga paranavitana as the replacement player for Ryder, one of them can partner Mahela at the top and both can bring 100 partnerships in every match

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    We need another classy innings from legendary Captain Mahela. He is the highest scorer for DD so far with two 50's . Great to see the skipper is leading from the front.

  • ramonster on April 22, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Gilly will fire, KXIP wol WIN!!!

  • zeus_kris on April 22, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    KxiP should play Luke Pomersbach in place of Adam Gilchrist.

    My 4 foreign players would be: Pomersbach, Miller, Hussey, Mascarenhas

    When Shaun Marsh is fit, Pomersbach or Mascarenhas could drop out. This will be a strong side to take on others.

  • on April 23, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Mahela and Viru should hav opened in the start of the ipl. its a really good combination of class and power. DD rockz!!

  • on April 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    @sinhaya : Are you alright mate? Micheal Vandort? He didn't even make a mark in SL ODI squad, havn't played a single T20 for SL. what makes you think even any of the DD management team would even remember his name? Upul is understandable, but still there are better T20 players than him. I am from SL too, but seriously i hope you are just joking.

  • 9ST9 on April 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @Sinhya - Yes of course they can make a 100 partnership every match and will bring it up probably in the 19th over, and DD will make scores like 105/1 off 20 overs or 104/0 off 20 and the opposition will knock it off in 12 overs or less.

    @Amila Sampath - of course he's kidding mate and note he is not Sinhaya but Sinhya probably an impostor lol.

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I believe Gilly seems to out of form but the team needs him as he's not only a good captain but a great mentor and lifts the side with his presence. He should start playing a role of giving good starts. A 30 runs off 15 balls kinda knock would help the team a lot. They have a lot of match winners to follw-up.

  • muthyamreddy on April 23, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    1) Mahela Jayawardene (c) 2) Virender Sehwag 3) David Warner 4) Unmukt Chand 5) Kedar Jadhav 6) Naman Ojha (wk) 7) Roelof van der Merwe 8) Irfan Pathan 9) Morne Morkel 10) Shahbaz Nadeem 11) Umesh Yadav