The IPL scrap which will take place at the Kotla on Tuesday involves teams who are trying to stay afloat in the competition – Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers. Both have just a solitary win each so far and will try to gain some momentum when they battle it out in the middle.
The Daredevils, who got a win on board on Sunday night after two comprehensive losses earlier, are still regarded by many as one of the weakest teams in IPL 4. The Chargers, by comparison, look a much more balanced side on paper. A powerful top-order features the likes of skipper Kumar Sangakkara, South Africa’s JP Duminy and Australian newcomer Daniel Christian. The surprise package for the side has been Bharat Chipli – the leading batsman for the side.
The pace attack is in the safe hands of Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma while they have a couple of more-than-handy spinners in left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and leg-spinner Amit Mishra. However, the Chargers have still lost three out of the four games so far.
Delhi, on the other hand, have been over-reliant on their openers – Virender Sehwag and David Warner. The middle though looks much more susceptible with the exception of Venugopal Rao who has been the most consistent Delhi batsman, along with Warner. All-rounder James Hopes provides much needed boost to lower middle-order but with Morne Morkel returning to side against the Chargers, the home side’s batting will be weakened a little.
The Daredevils’ biggest concern remains the spin department. The team management is satisfied with Shahbaz Nadeem’s efforts so far but the Jharkhand left-armer has no support from the other end.
The Chargers have a few players like Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant and Mishra who know the Kotla conditions well. The team will surely count on their knowledge of the venue to give them an added advantage.
On form, the two sides look equally matched. Now, it’s up to the players to make it count in the middle.