Kings XI Punjab host Deccan Chargers on Sunday, March 13, 2012, in a match they must win to keep their hopes alive in the competition. While DC have no hope of qualifying for the play offs, KXIP can still do so.
Kings’ best hope of qualifying is to win all four remaining games and hoping that RCB lose at least one of their remaining three.
Realistically, Kings would want to win at least three of four remaining games including one against CSK; they have one each remaining against DC and CSK and two against DD. KXIP winning all four would push CSK out of the fray, one of Kings’ potential rivals for a play off spot.
Winning three games would see KXIP finish with nine games overall and their main rivals would then be MI who have eight wins from 13 games. Were Mi to lose two of their remaining three they would be tied on points with KXIP and NRR would decide the team qualifying to the play offs.
Gilchrist could return from injury but that may not be good news for Punjab who have done well in the Australian’s absence, especially replacement opener, Mandeep Singh.
KXIP will fancy their chances against a demoralised DC but complacency could be their worst enemy against Sangakkara’s team whose batting appears solid though their bowling and fielding have let down the Chargers. Steyn who had been rested in their previous game against DD should return to the fray and could prove to be the main hurdle for KXIP.
With KXIP’s play off qualification at stake, this promises to be an intriguing game.
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