Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, HyderabadDeccan Play for Pride Against Kings XI Punjab08-May-2012 02:43:00 GMT
Hyderabad: Virtually out of the reckoning for a place in the playoffs, a demoralised Deccan Chargers would look to salvage some pride when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday.
Having won just two out of the 11 matches they played so far in the tournament, Deccan is presently languishing at the bottom of the team standings with just five points.
Though Deccan batsmen put up an impressive show against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, the lacklustre performance of their bowlers and AB de Villiers superlative batting poured cold water on the Hyderabad outfit's hope of staging a comeback.
After posting a more-than-challenging 181 for two on the board, Deccan bowlers failed to rise to the occasion as de Villiers scored a whirlwind 47 not out off just 17 balls to guide RCB to the five-wicket win with seven balls to spare.
There would be added pressure on Deccan on Tuesday as they will play in Hyderabad for the first match in this tournament.
Deccan's batting, off late, has fired with big-hitting Cameron White, who has scored three half centuries in the last five games, Shikhar Dhawan, captain Kumar Sangakkara and Daniel Harris all finding themselves among runs.
But what Deccan lacks is firepower in its bowling department. Dale Steyn, the Hyderabad team does not have quality bowlers in their ranks. Their domestic pacers in Veer Pratap Singh, A Ashish Reddy and Anand Rajan have also failed to provide the South African speedster ample support from the other end. The spin department also lacks sting with leg-spinner Amit Mishra resembling a pale shadow of himself.
KXIP, on the other hand, is still in with a chance of making it to the knockout stages having garnered 10 points from 11 games.
The Kings XI side would make a determined bid to win against a struggling Deccan tomorrow to improve its position in the points table.
And come tomorrow, the Adam Gilchrist-led side would be hoping to return to winning ways as a single defeat in the remaining five games could jeopardise their play off chances.
Former Pakistani all-rounder Azhar Mahmood's presence in the side, after his visa issue was resolved, has meant that Punjab have struck the right balance.
Stand-in skipper David Hussey's leadership has revived the sagging fortunes of the team.
In the absence of Gilchrist, who is nursing a hamstring injury, Hussey has led the team from the front scoring 263 runs from 11 games so far with a half century to his credit.
But leading the pack among Kings XI batsmen are Aussie left-hander Shaun Marsh (290) and domestic player Mandeep Singh (284).
In the bowling department, medium pacer Praveen Kumar and find of this season, Parvinder Awana have been doing a good job.
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
Kings XI Punjab Adam Gilchrist (captain & wk), Love Ablish, Piyush Chawla, Amit Yadav, Azhar Mahmood, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Stuart Broad, Siddharth Chitnis, Paras Dogra, James Faulkner, Harmeet Singh, Ryan Harris, Praveen Kumar, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, Dimitri Mascarenhas, David Miller, Abhishek Nayar, Ramesh Powar, Nathan Rimmington, Nitin Saini (wk), Rajagopal Sathish, Shalabh Srivastava, Sunny Singh, Paul Valthaty, Parvinder Awana, David Hussey, Gurkeerat Singh
Stats and trivia
- Chargers have tried 23 players this season, more than any other team. Mumbai and Royal Challengers are next with 22 players each.
- Chargers' fielding has let them down all tournament, reflected by the fact that they have the least number of catches among all teams this year.
Tuesday May 8, 2012 (day/night)
Start time 20:00 local (14:30 GMT)