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Charge of the Knights

“Not making enough runs for a start and not taking enough wickets." Deccan Chargers' coach, Darren Lehman, couldn't have made his take on the team's disappointing season any clearer. So at least, the Chargers' fans can be hopeful that the coach is seeing things clearly. Vivek Pande reports.

cricket Updated: May 03, 2011 00:13 IST
Vinayak Pande

“Not making enough runs for a start and not taking enough wickets." Deccan Chargers' coach, Darren Lehman, couldn't have made his take on the team's disappointing season any clearer. So at least, the Chargers' fans can be hopeful that the coach is seeing things clearly.

As far as tangible solutions are concerned, it could well be a case of too little, too late. Some may think that to be harsh considering that there is still under a month to go for the exhausting IPL season to end. But with close wins going begging and questionable shuffling of the batting order, there doesn't seem to be light at the end of the tunnel for the Chargers as they gear up to play the first of their final three home games.

Rampaging KKR
First up, are the charged up Kolkata Knight Riders, who have more than an enviable win-loss record so far. The Knight Riders have managed to draw back spectators, to the Eden, who were sulking due to Sourav Ganguly being snubbed by the management. That aside, they have found new stars to fall back on to chart their course to the semifinals. Gautam Gambhir's good form is well known, and backing him up ably is Manoj Tiwary

Focus on Ishant, dale
A few issues linger for the Chargers, who will be praying for Ishant Sharma to repeat the devastating form that he displayed against the Kochi Tuskers.

A more realistic thing to wish for is that speedster Dale Steyn hits top form. At least, that is what Steyn would be hoping for, given the limited session he had at the nets on Monday.

Helpful track
All that the Chargers would be hoping for is that the curator gives their bowlers a pitch on which they can back themselves. Lehman was not too concerned though. “I’m not good at reading wickets. You have to bat well first or the second.”