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Do or die for both teams

With Dirk Nannes and Ashish Nehra back, the Daredevils’ bowling has rediscovered the zing upfront, which went missing midway through the tournament. Nannes dismissed MS Dhoni in his opening spell the day before at Chennai, while Nehra accounted for the dangerous openers — Hayden and Vijay.

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2010 00:04 IST
Khurram Habib

The Daredevils didn’t turn up for practice at the Ferozeshah Kotla, such was the impact of the blasts in Bangalore.

Amid all the confusion, one of the team members said their security advised them to stay at the hotel, even as the players, ready in their gear, waited for the final word that never came.

The Deccan Chargers arrived in scorching Delhi quite late in the evening and made their way straight to the hotel. Both teams, buoyant after wins in their previous games, found the security scenario a reason to get hassled on the eve of a big match.

Sunday’s duel is crucial to the two teams. How much Saturday’s events will weigh on their minds can’t be said, what is known though is that they need to be at their best and shut out all worries when they take field.

The two are at 14 points each and it is their last league game. The loser might have to depend on other factors, while the winner should most likely, make it to the semifinals.

With Dirk Nannes and Ashish Nehra back, the Daredevils’ bowling has rediscovered the zing upfront, which went missing midway through the tournament. Nannes dismissed MS Dhoni in his opening spell the day before at Chennai, while Nehra accounted for the dangerous openers — Hayden and Vijay.

Sehwag is due for a big score, and the batting has looked a bit jittery. But, Gautam Gambhir is back among runs. He made a fighting fifty in the last game, overcoming a run of poor scores due to bad luck and some indiscretion on his own part. The others will have to raise the tempo.

The good bit is that their batting runs deep and they would be raring to go against a Deccan attack that can be flogged.

Yet, Adam Gilchrist knows well how to optimise his resources. From being down in dumps, they’ve worked their way back up through a never-say-die spirit that their skipper has passed onto his players.

The Chargers are looking a resurgent lot and could be hard to stop. Beware Delhi!