Preview: Delhi Daredevils v Kochi Tuskers Kerala

May 2, 2011

Delhi’s last game against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala helped the struggling team get back to form and give their fans something to cheer about. They will look to do the double over the team from Kochi, who have gradually put on the underdogs tag after a promising start to the tournament. Both teams had to play on a horror track when they faced each other – with the ball refusing to rise above ankle length on many occasions, the Ferozeshah Kotla track would definitely be more sporting.

Delhi Daredevils

The Delhi Daredevils have always boasted of a batting line up that has a steady mix of power, brilliance and stability. Virender Sehwag and David Warner need to introduction or reminding about how dangerous they can be, while the likes of Venugopal Rao and Naman Ojha are equally prepared to slow things down should there be a collapse.

Their bowling too has come together with the lanky Morne Morkel leading from the front, and one-time everyone’s favourite all rounder, Irfan Pathan living up(to some extent) to his massive price tag. The lack of a genuine spinner has hampered their bowling, but Roelof van der Merwe stepped up to the plate in the last game and is likely to retain his spot as a bowling all rounder.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala

The Kochi Tuskers Kerala did well to bounce back after a string of defeats. After the winning run, however, they have gone back to the depths with a few bad performances.

The batting has let the IPL new comers down on more occasions than not. Mahela Jayawardene and Brendon McCullum have often been left with a lot on their shoulders and have either been too aggressive or too cautious. Ravindra Jadeja and Brad Hodge hold the key in the middle order and both have done well, not great, so far.

Sreesanth being among the wickets in the last game, albeit with massive help from the pitch, would be welcome signs for the team in, err… well, orange and purple, but none of their bowlers are yet to hit top form. Vinay Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja have been steady performers for Kochi but there hasn’t been a stand out player to take the team home, the way McCullum did against Mumbai.

Players to watch out for

Irfan Pathan: The all rounder is slowly putting in good performances, but is yet to win a game for Delhi by himself. With Delhi retaining the momentum from their last game, Pathan has the ideal chance to remind everyone he is still around.

Brendon McCullum The star player has faded away a bit after his stunning knock against Mumbai. Kochi need him now more than ever as they try to claw back into the series.

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