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All Charged up

cricket Updated: Apr 11, 2010 23:17 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
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The Deccan Chargers’ campaign in this edition of the IPL has followed a peculiar pattern.

They lost their home and away games against the Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, but defeated the formidable Chennai Super Kings in both the games.

Adam Gilchrist’s men will be hoping that the upswing, starting with Monday’s encounter against the Royal Challengers, continues for their three league games if they are to entertain any hopes of making it to the last four.

It was in Bangalore last week that the Chargers began their revival, having lost six of the first nine games, and would be high on confidence after convincingly beating Super Kings on Saturday.

The team has managed to get the combination right and with the domestic players also beginning to contribute, the Chargers would consider themselves favourites going into the game.

The experience of playing at the Vidharba Cricket Association Ground, Jamtha, should also provide them the upper hand since the wicket has not really been conducive to big hitting and Super Kings were caught off guard while picking the right playing XI for the game.

On the other hand, the visitors have been playing on a belter at home and their batsmen have enjoyed playing shots all round the park.

The Chargers were clinical in their annihilation of Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday and would be hoping that their formidable batting line up stands up to the new challenge.