Hyderabad: After breaking their home-jinx with a 33-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, a confident Deccan Chargers will take on Adam Gilchrist-led Kings XI Punjab, who are equally on a high after their splendid victory over Chennai Super Kings.
One can expect a cracker of a contest at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal Saturday, as both teams square off after recording convincing victories in their previous matches after not-so-great starts.
Interestingly for both keeper-captains Kumar Sangakkara and Gilchrist, it will be a reversal of roles as they will be pitted against the side they captained during the last season. While Gilchrist was Chargers skipper for the last three editions, Sangakkara had unsuccessfully led the KXIP during their worst ever finish last season.
On one hand, it will be a test of leadership skills for both Sangakkara and Gilchrist, while on the other hand, the likes of Bharat Chipli and Paul Valthaty will like to show the world that they can consistently come good at the big stage.
For KXIP, the match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings may just be the shot in the arm they required after what transpired throughout the last season, especially after being crushed by Pune Warriors India.
All eyes will certainly be on the 27-year-old Valthaty who captured the imagination of the nation after his smashing 120 not out off only 63 balls. The Uppal pitch will also help the batsmen and if Valthaty can get going, the crowd will be in for some entertainment.
The 2009 champions Chargers started off on a disastrous note losing their first couple of matches against the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. The 33-run victory would have definitely helped them feel relaxed as they play their second match at home.