It’s pretty apparent that the second match of the day is between two teams having strikingly similar fortunes. Both Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers started on a dismal note before notching victories in their previous encounters and both of them were helped immensely by unheralded players; Valthaty in the case of Punjab and Chipli and Sohal in the case of Chargers. Add to that the fact that the two teams have exchanged captains from the last season makes it an interesting contest.
Gilchrist is due for some runs and he would be hoping for some substantial contribution from his willow. Sangakkara knows how destructive Gilchrist is ,he saw it from behind the stumps when Gilly went berserk against Sri lanka in 2007 world cup final. Then there is their new wonder boy Paul valthaty who would look to carry on from his last match heroics. With Shaun marsh, new joining David Hussey and Dinesh Karthik the middle order does look settled now. However what will really please Gilchrist if his bowlers don’t let a good start fritter away again. They had Chennai on the Back foot before letting them off the hook to post a big total.
Sangakkara on the other hand will be feeling comfortable with the form shown by Gony in the previous match. It was not easy decision to leave Ojha but Gony made sure his skipper doesn’t rue that decision.
Deccan are looking much more balanced with their combination and should scrape through. Unless grand old man from Australia Adam Gilchrist is in mood for some destruction.
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