Daredevils need to guard against complacency
There is little doubt that Delhi Daredevils are the odds-on favourites but they will need to guard against complacency when they take on bottom-placed Deccan Chargers in an Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Thursday.india Updated: Apr 18, 2012 15:17 IST
There is little doubt that Delhi Daredevils are the odds-on favourites but they will need to guard against complacency when they take on bottom-placed Deccan Chargers in an Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Thursday.
The Daredevils are in red-hot form having beaten heavyweights, Mumbai Indians, comprehensively at the latter's backyard, and they would look to continue the momentum and extend the winning run here at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Form and team balance apart, the fact that the Daredevils are playing in front of the home crowd, is likely to make the task even more arduous for the Chargers.
Up against a side that has notched three wins from four matches, the numbers are heavily stacked against the Chargers who are yet to open their account.
The Chargers came close to winning their first game in the fifth season of the IPL, against Rajasthan Royals, but Brad Hodge's pyrotechnics spoilt their plans yesterday.
Kumar Sangakkara's men, though, can take heart from the fact that they fought till the end against the Royals.
It will, however, take a little more than that for the Chargers to make a match out of it, when they take the field against Virender Sehwag's men who have, literally, lived up to their reputation so far in the tournament.
If there is a certain Sehwag at the top of the order to provide the team blistering starts, the middle-order is packed with proven, world class stroke-makers like Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene, and the addition of New Zealander Ross Taylor, as expected, has only bolstered the line-up.
First Published: Apr 18, 2012 15:04 IST