IPL 2013 Preview: Chennai Super Kings aim to steamroll Delhi Daredevils

Chennai Super Kings have secured 20 points in 14 matches so far in IPL 2013 ©  IANS (File Photo)

By Sarang Bhalerao

Chennai: May 12, 2013

Chennai Super Kings will host beleaguered Delhi Daredevils in the 64th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Chennai will be looking to steamroll Delhi Daredevils after their loss to Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium by five wickets.

The top-order of Chennai is in red-hot form. Michael Hussey (the Orange Cap holder) is batting well and he is complemented well by Murali Vijay. The duo put up 83 for the first wicket against Royals. Historically they have a couple of hundred run stands as well. The need of the hour is another big alliance as Chennai are aiming to finish in the Top two positions in order to gain the advantage in the playoffs. A loss then would mean another chance in the eliminator. A win would ensure their passage into the fourth consecutive IPL final.

The middle order had a wobbly outing against Rajasthan. Suresh Raina (1) and MS Dhoni (2) were dismissed in the same over off Kevon Cooper. Ravindra Jadeja struggled to accelerate in the end overs. Subramaniam Badrinath didn’t get an opportunity to bat. Chennai use Badrinath as a floater. If they lose early wickets Badrinath comes to bat at No 4, where as if they get decent start [as has been the case in majority of the matches] Badrinath bats as low as No 7.  

Chennai’s bowling has been good in patches. Against Royals the opening bowlers bowled very well. Mohit Sharma has been Super Kings’ biggest find. His line and length have been consistent. Jason Holder got a lot of purchase from the Jaipur track and his biggest advantage is his height which enables him to get the extra bounce. Chris Morris has been consistent in pitching the ball in and around off-stump which makes batsmen play an enterprising shot if they want to take him for runs.

The bowling duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja has had indifferent outings. Ashwin’s opening over against Royals went for 23 runs and he was befuddled by the sortie against him. When Ashwin goes for runs Dhoni finds it difficult to make up for his overs. Against Delhi Ashwin will be an important bowler considering the slow nature of Chepauk surface.

Delhi have had major problem with their batting line-up. Virender Sehwag has been in poor form. He has not had good starts which has compounded Delhi’s problems. Mahela Jayawardene will not play against Chennai. Hence it presents an opportunity for David Warner to bat at the top. Throughout the season Warner has had wonderful results batting at No 4. One just wonders if he was wasted low down the order. But an opening slot might do wonders for Warner since his record has been exemplary at that position.

Delhi’s bowling has leaked a lot of runs. At the start of the season Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar went for runs. In the last game Umesh Yadav went for 65 off his four overs. The death bowling has been poor. Delhi might bring in an extra spinner, Johan Botha who will also bolster their batting.

Delhi has nothing to lose so expect fearless brand of cricket from them. Chennai know the conditions very well. But Delhi can take solace from the fact that lackluster Pune scored an inspiring victory against Chennai at Chepauk. So expect an engrossing encounter at Chennai.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings (Probable): Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Chris Morris, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Mohit Sharma.

Delhi Daredevils (Probable) : Virender Sehwag, David Warner (c), Unmukt Chand, Ben Rohrer, Irfan Pathan, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Johan Botha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Siddharth Kaul.

Time: 20:00 IST | 14:30 GMT
 
(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)