Deccan look to build a winning momentum

Updated: 09 May 2009 08:20 IST

Deccan Chargers would look to build a winning momentum when they cross swords with Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match.

Deccan look to build a winning momentum

Kimberley:

Fresh from their 19-run victory over Mumbai Indians, a rejuvenated Deccan Chargers would look to build a winning momentum when they cross swords with Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match on Saturday.

The Hyderabad side, who began their campaign with four wins on the trot, snapped their three match losing streak and they would look to improved their fourth position in the points tally with a win against an inconsistent Punjab side.

In batting department, Deccan skipper Adam Gilchrist and South African Herschelle Gibbs have been in good nick at the top of order while Rohit Sharma and T Suman are solid at the middle order.

Deccan will also be strengthened by the return of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds who has been cleared by his board to play for IPL after the ODI series against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In contrast, Yuvraj Singh-led Kings XI Punjab is seating sixth on the ladder with just four wins against their name, although the picture could have been different had they not get ire of the rain-god thrice which resulted in their defeat through Duckworth-Lewis method.

The news of Australian paceman Brett Lee's availability will surely bring smile on Yuvraj's face and at the same time also add some extra sting to their bowling attack, which otherwise is lacking in penetration.

Punjab's Protea bowler Yusuf Abdulla's pace and deceiving swings have surely made the willow-wielders' life miserable, but other bowlers have failed to lend support to him for the team to fire in unison.

Lee is expected to share the new ball with Irfan Pathan while the side will expect Abdulla, who has managed 14 scalps from nine outings so far, to keep up his good job.

In-form Yuvraj, who hit a breezy unbeaten 36-ball 58 against Chennai for a losing cause, is their batting mainstay with Sri Lankan imports Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara giving good support down the order.

After opener Sunny Sohal's two successive failures, the Punjab team management may think of promoting Sangakkara as opener to bat with Australian Simon Katich, keeping in mind Deccan's new-ball attack off Australian Ryan Harris and RP Singh.

RP Singh, who has taken 15 wickets from five matches so far, has been giving batsmen a torrid time with his bounce and accurate bowling.

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