Delhi Daredevils will look to sustain the momentum and get the much-needed points when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2013 match in Raipur today.
After a disastrous start,the Delhi unit is getting to terms,and will have to be on their toes against a wounded Kolkata,who went down fighting in the high-scoring thriller against the Chennai Super Kings.
Only one win separates the two sides in the points table. If Delhi manages to win today,they will not only be high on confidence after beating the defending champions,but will take another step in their journey up the ladder.
With the inconsistency exhibited by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab,all is not lost for the Mahela Jayawardene-led unit,and they can still end on a high.
Bisla’s roar to form
The has hit form in fine fashion. After a poor start to the tournament,the aggressive right-hander made his presence felt with two back-to-back half-centuries. If the mature 51 (not out) against Punjab was not enough,Bisla produced a special 61-ball 92 against two-time champions Chennai,that too under pressure. Wickets were tumbling at the other end,but Bisla held fort and took his side agonisingly close to the target.
Bisla’s return to form will not only bolster the ordinary looking batting,but share the burden with skipper Gautam Gambhir,who has been the mainstay of this batting.
Spin vs Pace
On paper,it looks to be the battle between Delhi seamers and Kolkata spinners. After struggling to get their act right during the early phase of the tournament,Delhi bowlers put up a good show against Pune Warriors,and picked wickets too. Kolkata,on the other hand,rely heavily on the services of Sunil Narine. It will be interesting to see whether the slower ones of Balaji and little mystery of Sachithra Senanayake can disturb the opposition batsmen like their teammate.
Jacques Kallis,despite his handy contributions with both bat and ball,is not helping the cause of the defending champions. He is scoring the odd thirty,but the strike-rate at which he is scoring runs is just not enough for this format. Yes,they expect him to play the role of a sheet anchor,but even then he should be a tad above the 120 runs per 100 balls. He is struggling to score just above run-a-ball and putting a lot of pressure on the middle order to come and attack from the first ball. The South African is looking good with the ball,but his role is not confined to the ball. The team expects him to deliver with the bat too. If the same show continues,team management might well include the very attacking Ryan ten Doeschate.
Road to Raipur
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