By CricketCountry Staff
Delhi: Apr 19, 2012
Deccan Chargers won the toss and opted to bat first against Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 match at Delhi on Thursday.
The Daredevils are in red-hot form having beaten heavyweights, Mumbai Indians, comprehensively at the latter's backyard, and they would look to continue the momentum and extend the winning run here at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Form and team balance apart, the fact that the Daredevils are playing in front of the home crowd, is likely to make the task even more arduous for the Chargers.
Up against a side that has notched three wins from four matches, the numbers are heavily stacked against the Chargers who are yet to open their account.
The Chargers came close to winning their first game in the fifth season of the IPL, against Rajasthan Royals, but Brad Hodge's pyrotechnics spoilt their plans yesterday.
Kumar Sangakkara's men, though, can take heart from the fact that they fought till the end against the Royals.
It will, however, take a little more than that for the Chargers to make a match out of it, when they take the field against Virender Sehwag's men who have, literally, lived up to their reputation so far in the tournament.
DD: Naman Ojha(wk), Virender Sehwag (c), Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, Irfan Pathan, Yogesh Nagar, Ajit Agarkar, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.
DC: Bharat Chipli, Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Daniel Christian, Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Abhishek Jhunjunwala, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Veer Pratap Singh.