PREVIEW: KINGS XI PUNJAB V DELHI DAREDEVILS- MAY 19, 2012May 19, 2012
While one team is now relaxing and preparing for the playoffs, the other team is still struggling to make a place in the playoffs and these two contrasting teams- Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils will play against each other on May 19, 2012 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Stadium, Dharamsala. The match will commence at 4.00 PM IST. This is the last match for both the teams and for Kings XI Punjab; this is the last ray of hope to get qualified in the playoffs.
Only Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders have secured their positions in the playoffs while two teams- Deccan Chargers and Pune Warriors India are out of the playoffs. Moreover Chennai has also lost their last match and now Bangalore, Punjab and Rajasthan are competing in this campaign for playoffs. After defeating Chennai Super Kings in their last match on May 17, Punjab has given a boost to their struggle for playoffs. So this match tonight is the last ray of hope for the team to be in the qualifying round. In their last match, Adam Gilchrist was back after his ailment and gave an outstanding performance in bat while Awana was superb while bowling. This win against Delhi will obviously bring their points to 18 but then their fate will be decided on the basis of the performance of Bangalore and Rajasthan. NRR will also play a vital role for selection in the playoffs.
On the other hand, Delhi is now focusing and preparing for the playoffs only. This is the last match for Delhi and is just a pre-scheduled match for them because the result of this match will not affect their position in the playoffs. Some of the best players of Delhi have been dropped to allow the irregular players to practice in these matches whereas the best performers will have a break before making an impressive performance in the semi-final. In the last match also, Delhi boys played in a relaxed mood against Bangalore. So when Punjab will play with its best team tonight, Delhi will depend on their irregular players.
At this phase, there is a lot of pressure for Punjab and so the match is solely for them. Moreover, the home ground is also a factor to make this team, the favorable one in today’s match.
Probable XIs for Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (C & wk), David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Azhar Mahmood, Nitin Saini, David Miller, Piyush Chawla, Gurkeerat Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ryan Harris, Parvinder Awana.
Probable XIs for Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene(C), Unmukt Chand, David Warner, Venugopal Rao, Ross Taylor, Naman Ojha (wk), Andre Russell, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav,Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron.
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