Daredevils looking to stop Deccan Chargers’ winning runApril 29th, 2009 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS
Centurion, April 29 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils will be looking to stop Deccan Chargers’ four-match winning streak and snatch the top spot when they face each other in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Centurion Park here Thursday.
After suffering their first IPL defeat against Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils will be looking to bounce back against leaders Deccan Chargers.
Delhi Daredevils, after Tuesday’s loss, are second in the league behind Deccan Chargers.
When both the team face each other at the Centurion Park, Deccan Chargers will be looking to retain their top spot while Daredevils will be trying to snatch the leader’s crown.
Daredevils are one of the most balanced team in the IPL and it was only against the Rajasthan Royals that they faltered suffering their only loss in the league so far.
The loss is likely to act as an catalyst for Daredevils to bounce back. Their batting has been the major strength and it will depend on skipper Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to get a good start.
In the middle-order, AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan have been in fine form and will be looking to continue their stroke-play against the Deccan Chargers bowling attack.
Delhi Daredevils also have a good bowling attack and fast bowler Ashish Nehra and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori have been in good from.
But against the formidable Deccan Chargers, Daredevils bowlers can’t relax.
Deccan Chargers’ opening batsmen skipper Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs have torn apart all the bowling attacks in the IPL. Rohit Sharma, V.V.S. Laxman and Dwayne Smith have given a depth to their batting while the bowlers have been in terrific form.
Fidel Edwards and Rudra Pratap Singh have made Deccan Chargers bowling the most potent attack in the IPL. Adding to their strength is left-arm spinners Pragyan Ojha who has been daring enough to toss the ball and the batmen have fallen to his trap.
With two top teams facing each other, Centurion Park is set for an exciting clash.
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