Delhi Daredevils have had a busy 24 hours. Even as Pune Warriors India winged their way back home after the loss on Sunday (April 28), Delhi have had a recovery session in the swimming pool of their hotel, a spot in the gym, dinner with Raman Singh, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh, and a gruelling practice under lights at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium in Raipur.
If the first game at India's newest venue was all about discovery, the second one, against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday (May 1), is about using the little knowledge there is about the conditions to best effect. A second home for Delhi this season, Raipur was new to all, but having played a game there and spent some time on the ground, Delhi have a definite advantage.
While Kolkata have been masters at using the Eden Gardens as a fortress that visiting teams have struggled to breach, they are in for a taste of their own medicine. For starters, the pitch at Raipur is reasonably quick, with decent bounce and carry, while Kolkata prefer their Eden tracks slow and low. Kolkata's attack often has Jacques Kallis as the one true medium pacer, with even Lakshmipathi Balaji and Rajat Bhatia taking the pace off the ball more often than not. The spin of Sachithra Senanayake and Sunil Narine has been used in attacking mode, and although they might enjoy the extra bounce on offer in Raipur, they will certainly need to adapt quickly.