Deccan Chargers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, HyderabadDaredevils Eye Top Spot Against Struggle Deccan Chargers09-May-2012 16:46:00 GMT
Hyderabad: Delhi Daredevils would look to reclaim the top spot when they take on a floundering Deccan Chargers in their Indian Premier League clash, on Thursday.
Daredevils had surrendered the top spot to Kolkata Knight Riders when they lost the home match by six wickets on Monday.
With 16 points from 11 matches, they are placed second and have virtually sealed a play-off berth, while Chargers are out of reckoning with just five points from 12 matches.
A win would serve the visitors well as they face tough rivals ahead in Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, who are desperate to come out of mid-table logjam and be in play-off contention.
There is little doubt that Daredevils are the odds-on favourites but they need to guard against complacency as their batting and bowling both looked ordinary against KKR and for the first time, their middle-order was put to test and it failed miserably.
Daredevils have depth in batting as despite Pietersen not part of it now, the outfit has been bolstered by the arrival of another match-winner in David Warner.
The Daredevils are no doubt a better side with formidable batting line-up and a balanced bowling attack while Chargers have relied a bit more on individual performances from the Australian Cameron White and South African pacer Dale Steyn.
Lack of consistency combined with inability to soak pressure has been the case for Deccan from the start of the league. They created chances for themselves many a times but stumbled near the finish line.
The numbers are heavily stacked against the Chargers and it would be a difficult proposition for them to make a match out of it, when they take the field against Sehwag and Co. at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium.
The team failed to chase down a target of 170 runs against Kings XI Punjab yesterday and could only manage 145 runs in their alloted 20 overs.
Deccan Chargers Kumar Sangakkara (captain & wk), Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Akash Bhandari, Darren Bravo, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Kedar Devdhar, Shikhar Dhawan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Manpreet Gony, Daniel Harris, Ishank Jaggi, Abhishek Jhunjunwala, Chris Lynn, Amit Mishra, Tanmay Mishra, Parthiv Patel (wk), Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Ishant Sharma, Sunny Sohal, Tanmay Srivastava, Dale Steyn, TP Sudhindra, Juan Theron, Cameron White, Arjun Yadav, Atchuta Rao, Veer Pratap Singh, Sneha Kishore, Biplab Samantray, Akshath Reddy, Syed Quadri
Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (captain), Naman Ojha (wk), Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, Y Venugopal Rao, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Andre Russell, Aaron Finch, Doug Bracewell, Ajit Agarkar, Varun Aaron, Aavishkar Salvi, Robin Bist, Sunny Gupta, Pawan Negi and Punit Bisht.
Stats and trivia
- DC' only win in 17 matches at their home ground in Hyderabad came against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011, after ten consecutive losses.
- DD's 207 for 5 against Mumbai Indians is the highest total this season by a side batting first.
Thursday May 10, 2012 (day/night)
Start time 16:00 local (10:30 GMT)