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PREVIEW: DELHI DAREDEVILS IN QUALIFIER 1 ON MAY 22, 2012

May 21, 2012

Tomorrow, the first match of the playoffs of this fifth season of IPL will be played where table topper Delhi Daredevils and second positioned Kolkata Knight Riders will confront each other. The match will be played at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune from 8.00 PM onwards.

This match will obviously be a hard and challenging for both the teams because these two teams have been the most consistent squads throughout the league. Delhi Daredevils have been outstanding with 11 victories from 16 matches played. In the first 10 matches, Delhi enjoyed eight wins but after that in the remaining six matches, they only managed to get three triumphs. So although Delhi is supposed to be a mammoth team this season, the team players are well aware that their batting and bowling strikes were not at their best levels during the last couples of matches.

However when Delhi Daredevils confirmed their position in the playoffs before the third last match in the league, Captain Virender Shewag dropped himself along with few of his best players to take a break for this qualifying round. So after missing the last two games these explosive players of this team will be back tomorrow to give another impressive performance to sway their way to the finals. Although in the last few IPL seasons, Shewag was not so successful in batting but this time he has come out as an explosive batsman with orange cap and also as the main figure behind a challenging score for his team. To support this explosive Captain, his team mates, Ross Taylor and David Warner have always been ready and if these three outstanding batsmen are ready to grace the Pune ground tomorrow, then Delhi can score 200+ run.

Delhi has been superb in both batting and bowling but for such an important match, Delhi needs to reform their bowling squad by replacing new bowlers like Aaron and Russell by experienced bowlers like Nadeem and Merwe.

Now during the league stage, when the two teams confronted in two matches played in Kolkata and Delhi respectively, the outcomes have been 1:1 which means the home team lost at their home ground. So Delhi is well aware that Kolkata is quite a strong team to tackle and they have to perform their best to be in the final through this match only.

According to some bookies like BestFred and William Hill, these two squads are competent enough to take each other on and both of these bookies are offering 10/11 odds on a victory of these two teams. However, some other bookies like Paddy Power and Totespur are offering 9/10 and 5/6 respectively. What is similar among these bookies is- both the teams are getting the same odds.

PROBABLE XIS FOR DELHI DAREDEVILS: Virender Sehwag(c), Ross Taylor, Mahela Jayawardene, David Warner,  Naman Ojha(k), Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Pawan Negi, Van der Merwe, Umesh Yadav.

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