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Delhi, Apr 23: After a powerful Gayle-storm lashed the Garden City, it is now time to move up North where it is time for the Yamuna Derby. Delhi and Punjab square off in what will be a crucial match for Delhi at their home ground. Delhi have gained a lot of confidence after their win against Mumbai and will look to continue the good work. Punjab are also on a high after their thrilling win against Pune and they will be looking to put one over their neighbors in this match.
Punjab have won the toss and elected to field
Delhi (Playing XI): Mahela Jayawardene(c), Virender Sehwag, David Warner, Manprit Juneja, Kedar Jadhav(w), Johan Botha, Roelof van der Merwe, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Ashish Nehra, Umesh Yadav
Punjab (Playing XI): Adam Gilchrist(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Luke Pomersbach, David Hussey, David Miller, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Harmeet Singh, Bhargav Bhatt, Parvinder Awana
Delhi have their task cut out when they take on neighbours Punjab at home on Tuesday. Having won their first match of the tournament on Sunday after having lost the opening six on the trot, Delhi would need to take inspiration from their seniors if they are to make a comeback in the tournament. Punjab, on the other hand have had a mixed bag having won and lost 3 games each.
Team News: Delhi would hope that the win against Mumbai would mark the turning point for their fortunes in the tournament. They would bank on their senior players, Virender Sehwag and skipper Mahela Jayawardene to continue from where they had left in the previous match.
In form player: Virender Sehwag finally silenced his critics with a majestic unbeaten 95 at home against Mumbai taking Delhi to a comprehensive win. Prior to this knock, he had got a start in all his previous 3 innings but had squandered the opportunity away. An in-form Sehwag could spark up the Indian T20 League and give his side the boost they so badly need.
Team Form: Won against Mumbai by 9 wickets in their last encounter. Last in the table with 1 win from 7 games.
Probable 4 foreigners: David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene, Roelof van der Merwe and Andre Russell.
Hit or Miss?
Hit: Virender Sehwag showed the world he still possesses some prodigious talent and natural gifted ability during his sublime innings of 95 against Mumbai. He led his side to a thumping win against one of the tournament pre-favourites. There was a touch of class and ruthless arrogance about his innings. Delhi would be hoping that he continues from where he left a few days ago.
Miss: Morne Morkel hasn't had the impact expected of him thus far. He has conceded 144 runs at an economy of 9 runs per over from the 16 overs he has bowled in the 4 matches he has played in the tournament. He hasn't looked very threatening and has only picked up 5 wickets in 4 innings. The opposition batsmen have used his pace and bounce to their advantage.
Team News: For once the Punjab batsmen assumed responsibility and batted as a collective unit to win a thriller against Pune at home. The northern-most side in the tournament would hope that their batsmen continue the good work as the league approaches its half-way mark. They need their skipper, Adam Gilchrist to fire.
In form player: David Miller, who hammered a blitzkrieg 80 off just 41 deliveries in Punjab's thrilling victory against Pune, is the inspiration his side so desperately seeked after an indifferent start to the tournament.
Team form: Won against Pune by 7 wickets in their last encounter. 3 wins and 3 losses from 6 games places them at 5th position in the Points Table.
Probable 4 foreigners: Adam Gilchrist, Azhar Mahmood, David Hussey and David Miller.
Hit or Miss?
Hit: Mandeep Singh has played 3 knocks of value in the tournament thus far and Punjab have won all these 3 matches showcasing his importance at the top of the order. His last exploits - a match-winning knock of 77 against Pune has come in from a lot of praise from various quarters. Punjab would hope that Mandeep continues to provide the impetus at the start.
Miss: Adam Gilchrist has had a shocker of a tournament - from 6 innings he has aggregated just 61 runs at a dismal average of 10.16. He has had no impact thus far and has looked a patch of the great devastating player he once was.
Head to Head: Delhi - 5, Punjab- 5.
He deserved everything that came his way tonight. He's worked hard, been patient and took his opportunity tonight: Adam Gilchrist on David Miller's match winning 80 against Pune.
Sehwag was passionate about his knock: Mahela Jayawardene after Sehwag's sublime 95 in the match against Mumbai