It’s a Clash between two strong teams Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in the first qualifier of DLF IPL 2012 at Pune’s Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. Whichever team wins today will fix its place directly to the finals and losers will get another chance to try out their luck once again in the qualifier 2 with the winners of eliminator.
However, both teams will be aware of the truth that they have not been very effective in their last few league matches. The Delhi Daredevils had won eight of their first ten matches, but since then they have only handled to win three out of six matches. What should haunt the Delhi team is that, both the batting and bowling have not been so effective in their last three matches.
Despite completing the league matches with two consecutive victories, Kolkata team will know they were not at their best of the form in there few matches. The batting has not clicked as powerful as it did during their eight-match unbeaten ability and they will need their batsmen to come out and play their normal game at this important level in the competition.
Delhi has a very strong line-up in the batting consisting of Shewag and David Warner at the top and Mahela Jayawardene, who though is yet to create a powerful participation, gives a lot of protection in the middle order with his wide experience. Irfan Pathan have also played some useful knocks with the bat and took some crucial wickets for his team. They too had a good pace attack with Morne Morkel, who is the presently holds the purple cap with 25 wickets, and well supported by indian fast-bowling duos of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron, and if the Pune track supports the quick bowlers then it can be predicted that Gautam Gambhir’s team have to be very watchful while play their strokes.
However kolkata features of a powerful bowling too, but the batting has been an issue. Gambhir has been in fantastic touch, reviewing 556 run in 15 matches, along with a accomplishment of four 50′s in a row, but there has been little assistance for him at the other side. His starting associate Brendon McCullum and Jacques Kallis have been in and out of form, Yusuf Pathan has obtained some runs in the last few suits but is still far from his best, and Manoj Tiwary is yet to perform a match wining innings. No doubt spinner are really performing well for them especially the West Indies bowler Sunil Narine has been unplayable and his 22 wickets in 13 match at an economic rate of 5.14 considered to be the best in this small format game of 20-20 cricket . Kolkata also have Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Iqbal Abdulla in their squad and the team can make damage for Delhi if the Pune pitches suits them.
The stats about the earlier league matches played in the Pune ground will relate you the whole story that, the team batting first have the winning tendency of around 62% and the team batting second have only 38% chance to win the match, so toss is going to be very much crucial and whichever team wins toss would like to bat first in the slow tracks of Pune were ball keeps low as the game progress.
Delhi Daredevils : David Warner, Virender Sehwag(capt), Naman Ojha (wk), Ross Taylor, Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Venugopal Rao/Yogesh Nagar, Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Pawan Negi/Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Brendon McCullum(wk), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Iqbal Abdulla, Sunil Narine, L Balaji/Brett Lee.
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