Deccan Chargers’ IPL may be all but over but that won’t prevent them from aiming for a win when they visit Mohali to clash with Kings XI Punjab, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
While KXIP have been brilliant on the road, beating the best teams in away games, their home record hasn’t been quite as impressive. Their last match against Rajasthan Royals is a case in point. That said, KXIP will fancy their chances against cellar team, DC.
Gilchrist who has been out of action for six games is yet to recover though if he were to make himself available, KXIP would have a problem on hand as all the four overseas players have pulled their weight, whether Shaun Marsh, or David Hussey, or Azhar Mahmood or Ryan Harris.
A win on Tuesday will boost KXIP’s prospects for qualification to the play off round, with at least four teams aiming for the fourth slot, including CSK, RCB and RR. For DC, the game will be an opportunity to compete with PW for an eighth place finish.
DC’s problems have stemmed in their poor bowling and fielding, though in Dale Steyn, they have arguably the best new ball operator in the world. Steyn could still pull a rabbit out of his hat against KXIP who must watch against complacency.
The toss could prove crucial and DC could hope to bat KXIP out of the match, though after failing to defend 180-plus targets, twice, Sangakkara’s men will need a much better effort in the field to register their third win of the competition.
KXIP’s probable eleven: Marsh, M Singh, Saini, Hussey, Mahmood, G Singh, Nayar, Chawla, Harris, Kumar.
DC’s probable eleven: Harris, Dhawan, White, Sangakkara, Patel, Reddy, Mishra, Steyn, Rajan, VP Singh.
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