Delhi Daredevils vs. Kings XI Punjab - 12.30 - April 19
The two losing teams in the semi-finals of IPL 2008 go head-to-head for what will be a spectacle of some proportion. Will it be Virender Sehwag’s Delhi Daredevils, or Yuvraj Singh’s Kings XI Punjab that will rise victorious come Sunday?
The Daredevils enter this year’s tournament as a favourite for many bookmakers, and will look at impressing on their first outing in South Africa.
Their captain Sehwag, holds the record for the best strike rate in IPL 2008 (184.54), and will look to come out firing in their opening game.
He’ll be joined at the top of the order by in-form batsmen Gautam Gambhir, and supported in the middle order by Owais Shah and AB de Villiers.
AB de Villiers will look to impress the Newlands crowd again, as he did with the bat against the Australians in the recent test match and one-day international.
De Villiers has yet to impress in the shortest format of the game with an average of only 16, but his recent form should bid him well in Sunday’s encounter.
The Kings XI Punjab inexperienced bowling attack will have a tough time restricting the Daredevils, if they try to defend a score on Sunday. Irfan Pathan will have to be in top form to restrict the run rate, with his seaming middle pacers.
Sunday should see the IPL debut of recent South African 20-20 debutant, left-arm pace man Yusuf Abdullah. Abdullah, who’ll be spearheading the Kings XI Punjab bowling attack. He impressed in his debut against Australia, as he claimed the scalp of Ricky Ponting in his first over, and kept a tidy economy of 5.33 per over.
The danger men in the batting department for the Kings XI will be skipper Yuvraj Singh and Simon Katich. In their encounter with the Daredevils in IPL 2008, Katich top scored with 75 in 52 balls, and Yuvraj added a handy 40 in 29 balls.
They’ll be supported in the middle order by Sri Lankans Mehayla Jaywardene and Kumar Sangakkara; and Australian Luke Pomersbach, who finished in the top 10 run scorers for the IPL 2008.
They’ll look to be removed from the crease by the experienced Daredevils bowling attack, consisting of Glenn McGrath, Daniel Vettori and Amit Mishra.
IPL 2008 Results:
Match 1: Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Match 2: Kings XI Punjab won by 6 runs (D/L method)
It’s a tough game to call, as even though history supports the Kings XI Punjab, the result could go either way.
If the Kings XI win the toss and bowl first, I think they’ll have a favourable chance of chasing, with the strength in their batting line-up.
But if they bat first, their inexperienced bowling line-up could be too weak to tame the likes of Sehwag and company in an average score run chase.
Result: Delhi Daredevils to beat The Kings XI Punjab