Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 12 – Auckland Aces vs Delhi Daredevils
Can the Aces stop the powerful DD line-up?
Match 12 of the Karbonn CLT20 2012 will see the Delhi Daredevils take on the Auckland Aces.
The Delhi Daredevils dominated their IPL counterparts the Kolkata Knight Riders in their only match in the competition. Though their batsmen didn’t put up the best show – almost all of them got off to starts but threw it away – the team posted a competitive total, which their pace quartet successfully defended.
After three convincing wins – two in the Qualifiers and one against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament main event – the Auckland Aces’ juggernaut came to a halt when the Titans decimated them at the Kingsmead. On what was rated as the best batting surface in the competition, the Auckland Aces struggled to cope with the pressure of having to chase 173 and were bowled out for 113.
Both teams have one win each – though the Delhi Daredevils have a match in hand. With the tournament reaching the business end, both teams will be keen to bag the four points from the match to inch closer to the semi-finals.
Friday, October 19, 2012, 5:30 p.m. (9:00 p.m. IST)
It is not often that David Warner is left to warm the benches in the Twenty20 format. That a player of his calibre was left out of the playing XI indicates the riches in the Delhi Daredevils’ batting line-up. In Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor, the Delhi Daredevils have four match-winners. Add Unmukt Chand – who cannot seem to do anything wrong these days – to the mix and the Delhi Daredevils have five impact players.
The Delhi Daredevils have a bowling attack that can give the best batting line-ups sleepless nights. Morne Morkel is right up there among the best bowlers in the world today; with his height, pace, ability to generate steep bounce and knowledge of local conditions, the 28-year-old has been quite a handful. Irfan Pathan has regained the ability to curve the ball back into the right hander and that makes him a very dangerous bowler. Umesh Yadav – the young lad from Vidarbha – can bowl quick, and will be relishing the conditions in South Africa, as will Ajit Agarkar, who has a lot of experience behind him.
Martin Guptill, Lou Vincent and Azhar Mahmood were the three main contributors in the Auckland Aces’ smooth ride past the Qualifiers into the main tournament. However, when trio failed in the match against the Titans, it exposed their inexperienced and untested middle order. The trio, along with Kyle Mills who has bowled beautifully so far in the competition, will all need to come together yet again for their team to revive their CLT20 campaign.
This match will be the first time these two teams will be meeting in a Twenty20 match.
The Delhi Daredevils will have fond memories of playing at the Kingsmead; they’ve won all their three previous matches at this historic venue.
Both teams will play their next matches against the Perth Scorchers. While the Delhi Daredevils will fly over to the scenic Cape Town for their match on October 21, the Auckland Aces will wind up their group stage schedule at the Centurion Park on October 23.