Johannesburg: Oct 13, 2012
Featuring players who shone at the ICC World Twenty20, Australia's Sydney Sixers might prove to be quite a handful for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) when the two teams clash in their opening Group B encounter of the Champions League T20 on Sunday at Johannesburg.
Sixers have quite an ace up their sleeve in all-rounder Shane Watson, the man who was destructive with the bat and incisive with the ball in the World T20.
Such was the 31-year-old all-rounder's form, that he netted four Man of the Match trophies before walking away with the Player of the Tournament award even though Australia crashed out in the semi-finals.
In the form of his life, if Watson manages to keep fatigue at bay, he could well turn out to be the most valuable player in the event.
Led by Brad Haddin, the Big Bash champions are a decent line-up even though Watson would be their most crucial player with the bat. The skipper, who is struggling to get back into the national fold after an injury layoff, would also be a key player for the side.
Cummins was in good form during the World T20 and would be looking forward to working his magic in a country where he made a sensational Test debut last year.
Chennai, on the other hand, have a few issues to deal with. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will come into the tournament as a man under scrutiny after being an uninspiring leader during India's doomed World T20 campaign.
On the bouncy tracks of South Africa, the likes of Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus would be expected to deliver even though off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's form would also be crucial for the side. (PTI)
Chennai Super Kings (probable): Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Subramanium Badrinath, Albie Morkel, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, MS Dhoni (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus.
Sydney Sixers (probable): Shane Watson, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Michael Lumb, Nathan McCullum, Ian Moran, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Brad Haddin (c), Patrick Cummins, Josh Hazlewood.
Time: 13:30 local time (17:00 IST)