IPL 2011: Delhi and Hyderabad fight for survival

first_imgIt will be a battle for survival when down-in-the-dumps Delhi Daredevils take on an equally distraught Deccan Chargers in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.Having got all their calculations wrong right from picking the right combination of players in the auctions to losing matches from strong positions, Delhi will not only have to win all their remaining matches, but also hope that other results turn out in their favour if they want a backdoor entry into the play- off stage of the IPL. Delhi will once again hope that skipper Virender Sehwag leads from the front as they have their backs to the wall.While the batting depends heavily on Sehwag and David Warner, who has 254 runs from nine matches, the bowlers haven’t come good either.Although Morne Morkel – 11 wickets – and Irfan Pathan – six wickets – have fired in patches, the consistency is definitely missing.Even the back- up bowlers have been off the mark.The domestic players have been the biggest disappointment for Delhi as other than Venugopal Rao, 250 runs from nine matches, most have failed to justify their selection.Deccan on their part aren’t any better off.Led by Kumar Sangakkara, the team has failed to click as a unit. One more loss and they too will be on the verge of an early exit.They have one of the most successful pace bowlers in the world in Dale Steyn, who has picked 10 wickets from eight games at a good economy of 6.85. Ishant Sharma, however, has failed to pick up wickets regularly or stem the flow of runs.advertisementBut Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha have done a fine job and Sangakkara will be hoping that they can spin a web around the Delhi batsmen.In the batting department, the likes of Cameron White – 89 runs from five matches – and domestic star Shikhar Dhawan – 197 runs from nine matches – have failed to take the initiative.It has been a lone battle for San- gakkara – 250 runs from nine matches – who too has failed to get going in tough situations.Having played against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday, Deccan didn’t train on Wednesday.But Delhi hit the nets with a vengeance.While Sehwag was missing as he will arrive only on Thursday morning – celebrating his son’s birthday – Warner looked more than eager to hit out of the poor form that has struck him.In the bowling department, while Irfan seemed to be hitting a nice rhythm as he got the ball to swing in to the batsmen, Morkel was content hitting the deck and troubling the batsmen with pace.Irfan even had a prolonged session with the bat as all the batsmen looked to play the spinners considering that both Mishra and Ojha have been in fine form.With the wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium known to be a batting paradise, it will be interesting to see if Sehwag can stamp his authority or whether the Deccan Chargers finally manage to improve their record at home.last_img