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Cool climes, but Delhi warmed up

The sheet of snow covering the mighty Dhauladhar is rather thin for this time of the year. It has, however, not affected the scenic effect the snow-clad range provides to the stadium here; it’s still as breathtaking and grandiose as ever.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2009 23:53 IST
Subhash Rajta

The sheet of snow covering the mighty Dhauladhar is rather thin for this time of the year. It has, however, not affected the scenic effect the snow-clad range provides to the stadium here; it’s still as breathtaking and grandiose as ever.

Now, while the locals and the environmentalists could grumble over the less-than-normal snowing and the resultant higher-than-normal temperature, it would suit just fine to the game of cricket, as players would find themselves more comfortable in the relatively warmer climate.

Delhi would be liking the pleasant weather and scenic setting even better after their easy win over J&K, and Punjab too would have surely found their agony of losing a close match waning gradually after they arrived here for their next game against Delhi on the morrow. The victory against minnows like J&K can’t be a reliable yardstick to judge the form and momentum of a side like Delhi, but then the victory as comfortable as Delhi notched up is certainly the start any team would want to have.

And Delhi is not shying away from drawing in as many positives as possible from the easy win, evident in Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya’s refusal to see it as a win offered on a platter. “I don’t think it was an easy win, we simply played well. One has to play well to win matches, irrespective of the opposition,” he said.

“Two of our batsmen got hundreds and a bowler picked up five wickets. So it was obviously a good outing for us and we are looking forward to putting in a similar effort against Punjab as well, the coach said.

Punjab, on the other hand, would be under pressure for they just can’t afford to lose two games in a row. Besides, they are now without Jaskaran Singh who almost saw them through in the last match. The sturdy youngster has been sent home after he got hit in the face in the last game. His absence will further weaken the Punjab pace attack that has already lost quite a bit of sting following the unavailability of Manpreet Goni and VRV Singh.

Given their inexperienced and depleted pace attack, Punjab would rely heavily on their batsmen to put up a fight against the well-balanced Delhi. The batting line-up too is quite inexperienced in comparison to Delhi, but they did show promise and potential when they almost chased down 290 against Haryana. They will need to fire again if Punjab don’t want to see themselves lagging further behind in the race for knock-out stage.