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Master meets Blaster

cricket Updated: May 07, 2011 01:34 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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Soon after Sachin Tendulkar crushed the Kings XI Punjab last week, Adam Gilchrist, the vanquished skipper, termed the Mumbai Indians as "one big happy family".

The same can't be said of the Delhi Daredevils on account of their inconsistent run so far. However, Virender Sehwag's monumental effort against the Deccan Chargers on Thursday night re-emphasised the Daredevils' dependence on him.

Naturally, as the Mumbai Indians and Daredevils clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, it remains to be seen if the man with a mission outweighs his opponents.

But for a script to be written like Thursday's, which will enable the Daredevils to register their second successive victory and keep their play-off hopes alive, a lot of factors will need to fall in place.

Need to fire
First, Sehwag's shoulder, which is in need of surgery, has to recover after the overwork on Thursday. Then, the Delhi dazzler shouldn't fall prey to Lasith Malinga's pace or Harbhajan Singh's tweakers early in the innings. Finally, luck should be on Sehwag's side, just like on Thursday, when the Deccan Chargers dropped sitters, not once but twice.

Even if these things fall in place, a victory is far from certain for the Daredevils, whose mission to win five out of five games started on a good note two nights ago. Match box

Besides hoping that Sehwag sizzles again, the Daredevils will also have to hope that Mumbai's big four — Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard have an off day. Even if that were to happen, the Daredevils will have to counter the domestic duo of Ambati Rayudu, one of the most consistent batsmen over the last two IPL seasons, and T Suman, who made his presence felt with a cameo against the Pune Warriors India three nights ago.