Sunday, April 28, 2013
Start time 2000 IST (1430 GMT)
With the tournament only half complete, the match between Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors is not quite the battle of the wooden spoons. But both teams will be looking to haul their sputtering campaigns back on track after poor shows in their last respective games.
Daredevils squandered any confidence gained from beating Mumbai Indians by losing to Kings XI Punjab. It was a showing consistent with their other six losses in the tournament so far, making the win seem an aberration. The team is still hopeful but their poor run has put them in a place where they have to win each remaining match.
Daredevils will be hoping there will be some serendipity for them in Raipur, which hosts its first IPL match. The stadium had hosted one stage of the BCCI's Corporate Trophy earlier in the year, and the batsmen did well on the surface.
For Warriors, the game will be an indicator of whether their players have recovered from the mauling they received from Chris Gayle in their last match. Coach Allan Donald spoke about the mental scarring, but the team has had a few days off to rest and pick up the pieces. Their mix-and-match captaincy formula has hurt them but against Daredevils, their bowling will have a chance to make an impact early on.
Delhi Daredevils LWLLL (most recent first)
Pune Warriors LLLWL
Players to watch
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only bowler spared from the hammering that Chris Gayle meted out. The youngster has impressed throughout the tournament, picking up early wickets, with his swing bowling. He has plenty of skill to trouble Daredevils' fragile top order.
Mahela Jayawardene has always led from the front and his stint as captain with the Daredevils is no different. He's taken the flak for some under-par performances and his own batting has been poor. Daredevils need an inspirational performance from him to improve their sinking chances.
Stats and trivia
- Daredevils have won two of the four games they played against Warriors, with one being a no result
- Virender Sehwag is the seventh highest run-getter in the IPL, with 2051 runs from 71 matches at an average of 31.07.
- Yuvraj Singh needs 13 runs to reach 2500 T20 runs.
- Ross Taylor needs 42 runs to reach 1000 IPL runs
Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo