Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals - Pune Warriors vs Deccan Chargers - Teams eyeing a revenge

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On one hand defending champions Chennai loses another match and on the other hand team that finished at the bottom last year viz. Delhi Daredevils proudly stands on the top of points tally so far! Credit goes to Delhi for their superb all round performance so far. We have two matches today where two teams would seek revenge. Rajasthan Royals would love to beat Delhi after tasting defeat from them in last match. Same is the case with Pune Warriors who tasted a loss against Deccan Chargers earlier.

1st Match: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals

Three defeats on the trot has been a major setback for Rajasthan Royals. Especially the last defeat was heart breaking for Rajasthan as they lost it by just one run against Delhi Daredevils. As mentioned in the earlier posts, Rajasthan batting line up depends a lot on the openers Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane and also on Owais Shah. As Shane Watson has finished his tour to West Indies, he has joined Rajasthan Royals and may replace Kevin Cooper who is injured. Watson can bowl well and also add value to the batting line up if he can come on position 3 or 4.

Eyes would be set again on Virender Sehwag who has four half centuries on his name in this year's IPL. David Warner joins the team which makes the team even stronger. Once Kevin Pietersen leaves for his international commitments, hopefully Warner will fill his space. Pietersen has played a very vital role in Delhi's wins so far. The biggest success for Delhi this year has been Morne Morkel. He has 18 wickets to his name and the 'purple cap' too! Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav provide a good supporting role to Morne Morkel.

2nd Match: Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors 

 Pune Warriors have a story similar to Rajasthan Royals. Fans had least expectations from them but they turned out to be one of the most successful teams in first half of IPL 2012. But now both these teams have tasted few defeats which has brought a setback in their camp.

Pune Warriors travels to Cuttack to play Deccan Chargers after suffering a loss back home against the Chargers. They lost by 18 runs thus being the only team to lose against Deccan Chargers. Pune Warriors would hate to lose their winning momentum and they need few wins to ensure their position in the play-offs.

Deccan Chargers have lost everything except one match and one rain wash out. They have nothing to lose and as mentioned earlier, they can play biggest role of party spoilers! Two players in best of their forms from  Chargers are Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn. One has single handedly managed to score freely and the other had clinched wickets without any firm support from rest of the bowling departmen.

Overall both the matches would be interesting as one team from each match is thirsty for a revenge and badly looking for a victory to move up in the points tally.

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