Just when it appeared that IPL had all but died for Hyderabadis, Symonds and Gilchrist showed just why they are gods. Indeed, IPL is alive, long live IPL.
Deccan Chargers clash with Kings XI Punjab today at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. After a disappointing first three matches, Deccan Chargers announced their form in imperious style by bludgeoning Mumbai Indians in an incredibly one-sided match in their previous outing. Unfortunately for us, the same is the case with Kings XI Punjab. Having lost their first two matches, they have bounced back beating the Mumbai Indians, and the much stronger opponent Delhi Daredevils. So this match promises plenty of nail-biting moments.
Deccan Chargers is captained by the prolific Indian test batsman V V S Laxman, and the team has big international stars in Australian big-hitter Adam Gilchrist (who's hammered the fastest hundred of this format, 100 runs off just 42 balls, on Sunday against Mumbai Indians), South African opener Herschelle Gibbs, Pakistani dynamite Shahid Afridi, New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris, Sri Lankan pacers Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, and the reliable Chamara Silva. Andrew Symonds will unfortunately not take any further part in this tournament as he is back to Australia for national duty against the West Indies.
The team also consists of Indian youngsters and seniors such as Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, P Vijaykumar, D Kalyan Krishna, Halhadar Das, N Sarveesh Kumar, Arjun Yadav, Venugopal Rao and Sanjay Bangar. Robin Singh is the coach of the outfit.
Kings XI Punjab is headed by the dynamic Indian allrounder Yuvraj Singh. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardane, Ramnaresh Sarwan, James Hopes, Kyle Mills, Luke Pomersbach, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Pankaj Dharmani, Ramesh Pawar, Tanmay Srivastava and V R V Singh are the other members of the team. Tom Moody is the coach of the team.
The tickets are priced at Rs. 250, Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000, Rs. 1,500, Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 2,500 per head. Please contact the Hyderabad Cricket Association at 2790-5676 for further details.