Raina, Jadeja & Bollinger look good, but Delhi could pip CSK at the post

Suresh Raina (L), Ravindra Jadeja (C) and Doug Bollinger © AFP

Tarot reader Shruti Chopra looks into her cards to give CricketCountry.com readers insights into what lies ahead in the IPL matches. In the below piece, she dwells into the Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings – the second of the two IPL matches on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Delhi Daredevils

 

Fresh, confident and ready to leave behind their mistakes from their match against Bangalore – Delhi Daredevils will come in with a better mindset than they have done so far. The Nine of Pentacles and Two of Swords does warn of the importance to address all their issues before the match. Their retrospection will be the key in helping them charge ahead of the mighty Chennai Super Kings.

 

Captain Virender Sehwag will show a marked improvement in his captaincy. He will do a good job in helping his team function as a cohesive unit. As a batsman, he will focus on being positive and will be able to put together a good innings.

 

Key players

 

Aaron Finch is a strong, hard-working and a competitive player. The Hierophant indicates that he will be logical and balanced in his game play.

 

Mahela Jayawardene will ease into his role. The Queen of Pentacles suggests his ability to fire at will.

 

Irfan Pathan should have consistent day on the field, but will feel a dependency; which he will be able to handle well.

 

Morne Morkel will bowl well and will work hard to play for the team. The Ten of Cups reflects his desire to keep working together with his team.

 

Venugopal Rao will have a good start since he is being ruled by the Justice card, which suggests that it will be very important for him to remain balanced as well as to slowly build on making runs.

 

Kevin Pietersen, coming from the series in Sri Lanka, will need some time to adjust into the format. Mentally he will need to get over the expectations that he carries. If he hangs on in the initial part of his batting (which is looking difficult), then he should display a stable innings.

 

Glenn Maxwell may just go unnoticed. He will quietly go about playing his regular game.

 

Chennai Super Kings

 

The Four of Wands is how the Super Kings appear to be – stable and very secure, but they should be wary of becoming overconfident. It will be important for the team to respect the opposition a bit more and fight by doing the basics well. Complacency will be a mistake which they won’t be able to recover from. As a team, management and captain, the strength of this side is incomparable. If they bat first then they should make better use of their last 10 overs.

 

As a captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have a strong game plan, which he will implement effectively. As a player, he will be burdened initially with responsibilities, but he will be able to overcome this challenge as the match progresses.

 

Key players

 

Suresh Raina has this infectious energy and is the catalyst (after Dhoni) of keeping the team together. He will be strong and will have the potential to be a key player in this match.

 

Doug Bollinger will be very impressive by showing a good, wise temperament.

 

Ravindra Jadeja, represented by the strong, independent mind set of the Three of Pentacles should be able to play with command.

 

Subramaniam Badrinath has the Wheel of Fortune, where he will be able to turn things around for himself, but he shouldn’t get complacent since it won’t come without application.

 

Albie Morkel should enjoy an impressive start, but as the Nine of Wands suggests, he will lose his confidence towards the end of his innings. 

 

Who has the advantage?

 

Another challenging call because Dhoni’s boys don’t ever wish to let him and their team down, but Delhi has the potential to sneak past the finishing line!

 

(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time inDelhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through – which it did! You can know more about Shruti via FacebookTwitter and her website)