Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Delhi Daredevils VS Deccan Chargers
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Start time 20.00 (local), 14.30 (GMT)

Overview of the Match
The wheels seem to have fallen off for Delhi Daredevils, who lost four games in a row and languish in fifth place after being on top of the table less than two weeks ago. The good news for them, though, is the schedule: two of their next three games are against Deccan Chargers and Bangalore Royal Challengers, clearly the weakest teams in the tournament. Kolkata Knight Riders used their matches against these opponents to find their way back into the IPL, and it's now Delhi's turn to do the same and inject some momentum into their campaign again.
On current form it might appear that Deccan are already out of the tournament, but if they win the rest of their matches and other results go their way, they can still make a push for a semi-final spot. For that to happen, though, Deccan must significantly spruce up their act - they were woeful in the field during their previous match, against Kolkata. Their big stars have failed to get their act together too, but going by their track record so far, an away game gives them the best chance of success - they've won two out of five away matches, but lost all four at home.

Team positions in the Tournament
Delhi Daredevils: P9, W4, L5, NRR +0.291
Deccan Chargers: P9, W2, L7, NRR -0.352

What to Watch for….
• A flurry of strokes from Delhi's top order. They haven't fired in the last four games and are due a change of fortune.
• Herschelle Gibbs - 46 runs in five innings are hardly the kind of stats that do him justice. If he gets a start, Delhi's bowlers will have their hands full
• Gilchrist v McGrath and Asif. The contest was won by the bowlers in their previous encounter - Asif bowled Gilchrist for 8. Will Gilchrist turn the tables this time?

Delhi DareDevils News
Delhi's top order has wobbled in the last few matches, and they might be tempted to bring in the all-round talent of Rajat Bhatia instead of one of the specialist bowlers, possibly Yo Mahesh. The rest of the line-up has a settled look to it, and it's only a matter of hoping that the big stars turn it on at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Deccan Chargers News
Deccan dropped Shahid Afridi in the previous match, but Chaminda Vaas, his replacement, had a forgettable outing, leaking 36 in three overs. Afridi could return for this one, especially given the short boundaries at the Kotla.

Stats and trivia
• Adam Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma have contributed 45% of the total runs off the bat scored by Deccan.
• The Deccan bowlers have struggled to contain batsmen in the last five overs, conceding 10.96 per over and 27.14 per wicket. Delhi concede 9.06, and average 17.90 runs per wicket.
• Among bowlers who have bowled at least 20 overs in the tournament, Glenn McGrath is the only one to concede less than one run per ball.

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