Two teams which have only recently recovered from poor form will square off when Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad clash here tomorrow in a Pepsi IPL match with both sides aiming to continue the winning run and stay alive in the event.
Their winning streak halted, Kolkata Knight Riders would feel the Chennai heat at home tomorrow especially after the two-time defending champions put their campaign back on track with two successive wins in the Indian Premier League here.
The ease with which the Royal Challengers Bangalore won their last two encounters has brought them closer to playoffs but a tough challenge awaits them tomorrow in Mumbai Indians who have lost just one away game in IPL-5 so far.
They might be inside the top-four in the points table right now after two consecutive wins but Chennai Super Kings batsman Mike Hussey says getting to the IPL playoffs remains a tough task and his side would have to be consistent in the remaining matches to make the cut.
A more balanced Rajasthan Royals side would look to strengthen its position in the clogged points table when it takes on struggling hosts Pune Warriors in an Indian Premier League match, here on Tuesday.
Virtually out of the reckoning for a place in the plays offs, a demoralised Deccan Chargers would look to salvage some pride when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday.
AB de Villiers might have turned out to be the hero for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers, but the South African instead lavished praise on openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chris Gayle for setting up the platform for the run chase.
RCB stand-in skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday heaped praise on AB de Villiers for his whirlwind 47 off 17 balls which helped them to beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets and keep their hopes alive of making it to the play-off in the fifth Indian Premier League.
Talk about shifting loyalties and mixed emotions, no one better than Gautam Gambhir would know about it. After his home crowd supported Pune Warriors against his team at the Eden Gardens, the Delhi lad is back to the familiar position as Kolkata Knight Riders set themselves to take on the formidable Delhi Daredevils, Gambhir’s old team.
A beaming Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan can`t stop raving about his team`s skipper Gautam Gambhir as he feels the batsman has lifted the side magnificently after three seasons of incessant controversies.
He might not share the best of relationships with Sourav Ganguly following the laters` unceremonious ouster from his team, but Kolkata Knight Riders principal owner Shah Rukh Khan has described the former India skipper as a "cricketing legend".
Chacha Chaudhary and his aide Sabu these days are busy polishing their batting, bowling and fielding skills as they have been inducted into an IPL cricket team - the Delhi Daredevils - in a new special series of Diamond Comics.
Their campaign back on track after the 43-run win over Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has said that opposition teams would be making a big mistake by taking side lightly in the ongoing Indian Premier League.