IPL: Deccan Chargers, Delhi in a battle for survival

Hyderabad: Battling poor form and placed in the bottom heap of the points table, former champions Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils square off in what promises to be an evenly-matched Indian Premier League contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.

A win in tomorrow`s clash is a must for both Deccan and Delhi to keep their hopes alive of advancing further in the tournament and salvage prestige.

Both have played nine matches and won three each, thus having the same six points with less than half a dozen matches in hand to rise in the table.

Though they are facing a lowly Delhi on home turf, the task will not be any easy for the Kumar Sangakkara`s men as they go into the match after suffering a 20-run loss against table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders here last night.

Chargers would be hoping to break the sequence of defeats at home and revive their campaign tomorrow with skipper Sangakkara issuing a warning to the team`s international players to shoulder the responsibility and come good in the remaining matches.

"It is a bit frustrating and not good for us. We take a lot of pride with the way we play our cricket and to lose as many games as we have done, it really hurts. It`s very disappointing," Sangakkara said.

"The overseas players have to take big responsibility. The international players need to come here and win games. Unfortunately, we have not been able to convert many of the starts and that`s something we need to look at," the Sri Lankan added.

In the slam-bang format that is Twenty20, a solid batting line-up is a must for any team and Deccan have been struggling on that front.

The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Sunny Sohal, Bharat Chipli and Sangakkara himself have not done enough to intimidate rival bowlers. The quartet will have to rediscover its form for Deccan to have any chance of featuring in the play-offs.

On the bowling front, hosts would look up to Ishant Sharma, who has shown glimpses of good form after being off-colour for most part of the event, and Dale Steyn in the pace department.

Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra will be spearheading the spin attack.

Deccan have been able to win only a couple of matches on their home ground and have largely failed in putting up a collective effort.


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