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Deccan take on Kolkata Knight Riders in crucial IPL match

cricket Updated: May 02, 2011 12:48 IST

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Their survival in the Indian Premier League at stake, former champions Deccan Chargers face an uphill battle as they take on a spirited Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Deccan have played eight matches so far and managed to win only three of them. The roller-coaster campaign puts them in the lower half of the points table with six points.

Significantly, four other IPL teams also have six points and Deccan have another half a dozen matches at hand to rise in the table.

But the task is not easy as Kumar Sangakkara's men go into Tuesday's match after a 19-run loss to Chennai Super Kings Sunday night.

The Sri Lankan was quick to highlight the need for a winning streak in the later half of the event after the crushing loss last night.

"It is pretty simple. We have six games, we have to win five of them to stay alive in this competition. It is a great challenge. We are playing well, but we have to convert that extra 10 or five% to try and win a game," he said.

In the slam-bang format that is Twenty20, a solid batting line-up is a must for any team and Deccan have been struggling on that front.

The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Sunny Sohal, Bharat Chipli and Sangakkara himself have not done enough to intimidate rival bowlers. The quartet will have to rediscover its form for Deccan to have any chance of going further in the tournament.

On the bowling front, hosts would look up to Ishant Sharma, who has shown glimpses of good form after being off-colour for most part of the event, and Dale Steyn in the pace department.

Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra will be spearheading the spin attack.