The hapless Deccan Chargers face off in a home match at Hyderabad against the marauding Delhi Daredevils, on Thursday, May 10, 2012.
While DD have virtually qualified for the knock out round, DC’s exit is virtually confirmed and the home team on Thursday will only have pride to play for. But that is unlikely to stop DD from seeking redemption after having met their comeuppance against KKR in their last game. Also, DD will be keen to finish among the top two, in the group, to ensure a smoother entry into the final.
But if DD lifted the IPL crown on May 27, their bowlers would have had a big say in matters, with Morkel leading the way ably supported by Nadeem (the find of the tournament), Pathan, Yadav and Aaron.
DC’s batsmen have worked themselves into reasonable form albeit a little late in the day. But the Hyderabad outfit have suffered for want of a balanced bowling attack and their poor fielding hasn’t helped their cause. DC’s best achievement this season has been the honing of some fine young players; the likes of Dhawan and Reddy have underlined their credentials amid what has been a disastrous campaign. One cannot but feel sorry for Dale Steyn, arguably the world’s best new ball operator who finds himself stuck in a bottom team. He will have to await the next IPL auction to rectify that problem.
DD have suffered a body blow in the return of Pietersen to national duty. While his replacement Warner can win matches, in his own right, he will find it hard to replace the kind of consistent form and calm assurance Pietersen brought to the Delhi batting. That said, in Jayawardene and Sehwag, DD have batsmen who can shred any rival attack, on their day.
DC’s probable eleven: Harris, Dhawan, Patel, White, Sangakkara, Reddy, Jhunjhunwala, Reddy, Theron, Mishra, VP Singh.
DD’s probable eleven: Warner, Sehwag, Jayawardene, Taylor, Pathan, Nagar, Ojha, Morkel, Nadeem, Yadav, Aaron.
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