Delhi looks to foil Deccan's charge today
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Delhi looks to foil Deccan's charge today

On a roll with four wins in as many matches, an all-conquering Deccan Chargers will look to extend their unbeaten spree, while Delhi Daredevils will hope to shrug off their last night loss when the two teams collide in their Indian Premier League match in Pretoria today, reports Subhash Rajta.

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2009 03:14 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times

For the past year-and-a half, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have become synonymous with success. However, they have failed to make their presence felt in the IPL so far, which is surprising given how prolific they've been. "We have been doing well for the last one-and-a-half years, so I think we were bound to fail some time," said Sehwag.

Point taken, but they will need to get into the groove as the Delhi Daredevils next face the Deccan Chargers, a team riding high on the back of its openers Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs. They have been the most prolific and consistent opening pair in the league so far, keeping the Chargers a notch above the rest. "It's just going well for us. We have brought in quite a few changes in the team, and they seem to be working for us," said Gilchrist.

The amiable Australian, however, didn't agree that Gibbs and he gave the Chargers an edge over Delhi. "We all know how dangerous Sehwag and Gambhir can be. We are wary of them and they have the middle order clicking for them. So we just can't afford to entertain these thoughts," he said.

The middle order, especially AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan, have been exceptional, given that they've had to absorb the failure of the openers and then place their team in a winning position. "It's a good sign for the team that every time someone is doing the job for us," Sehwag said, placing his finger on individuals coming good at different times.

The defeat against the Rajasthan Royals would have surely driven home the point that the Daredevils can't afford another flop show from the openers.

The teams don't seem to have worries about their bowling. The Delhi bowlers might have had a few nightmares in the wake of Yusuf Pathan's brutal hitting on Tuesday, but it was clear that no attack could have stopped him, given the way he was middling the ball.

Brace up for what is going to be a cracker of a match.

First Published: Apr 30, 2009 03:09 IST