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Match 37 of DLF IPL 2012 will see defending champions Chennai Super Kings go head to head with Kings XI Punjab for the first time this season.
The Chennai Super Kings are currently placed among the top four teams in the points table. They split points with Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing after rain forced the match to be abandoned. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile are coming from a gutting last-over defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians. David Hussey’s men dominated that match for most parts, but were outsmarted at the very end by Robin Peterson and Ambati Rayudu.
Kings XI Punjab are currently languishing eighth place in the nine-team table and have three wins from eight outings. They need at least six more wins from their remaining eight matches to be in contention for a place in the playoffs. When
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings are far from the well-oiled unit that went on to win the title last season. They’ve won matches not because the team has performed as a unit, but because one or two individuals have contributed and seen them home. Faf du Plessis has been the lone consistent performer for the defending champions; the South African is the team’s leading run-getter and has scored runs in all but one inning this season.
For MS Dhoni’s team to be the force they were last season, they need Suresh Raina to fire with the bat and R Ashwin to start picking up wickets.
Kings XI Punjab may be missing their captain Adam Gilchrist, but stand-in-captain David Hussey has more than made up for his absence by leading from the front. The junior Hussey top-scored for his team in two of the three matches since taking over captaincy and he is one of their premier batsmen alongside Shaun Marsh.
Keep an eye on the impressive Parvinder Awana, who is currently KXIP’s leading wicket-taker alongside Piyush Chawla, despite playing in only four of KXIP’s eight matches. The list of batsmen dismissed by the 25-year-old makes for interesting reading; he’s seen the back of Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma on two occasions, and picked up the wickets of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary and Mayank Agarwal among others. Previous Meetings
The Chennai Super Kings have generally dominated their contests against Kings XI Punjab. The two teams have met on eight occasions, and the former have emerged victors six times. KXIP’s first win over CSK was when they won the Super Over in Chennai in 2010. Their only other victory against CSK was when they met in Mohali last season; on that occasion, KXIP chased down 189 with six wickets in hand. Trivia
MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has hosted the most IPL matches – 27.
Kings XI Punjab have conceded the most fours this season – 110. What next?
The Chennai Super Kings will take the field in two days time as they host the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 30. David Hussey and his boys will enjoy some time off before their next clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru on May 2.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain says Kolkata wicket will be slow and turn a bit
By IPL Staff
Kolkata 27 April 2012
Halfway through the tournament, Daniel Vettori is a happy man as his Royal Challengers Bangalore are among the top four in the league standings. And while RCB were unlucky that their last game against the Chennai Super Kings was washed out, their three consecutive wins before that indicate that the Bengaluru franchise has definitely recovered after their initial losses in IPL 2012.
Now, as RCB get set to take on Kolkata Knight Riders, Vettori spoke to the media and talked about his team as well as what would be a good score on the Eden Gardens wicket.
Excerpts from Vettori’s interaction:
On his injury update:
I had a hamstring strain that I picked up in the Rajasthan [Royals] game. I was a bit precautionary. I will have a fitness test tonight. I'm pretty confident of playing tomorrow. On doing the balancing act while selecting the four overseas players:
It's important to get the balance right with four overseas players. They can be crucial positions. Our overseas players have performed exceptionally well. Particularly in the last few games, [Tillakaratne] Dilshan, [Chris] Gayle and AB [de Villiers] have really led us to victories. We know how important they are and we also know how important the Indian players are. It's difficult balancing. Every team goes through it with a bit of chopping and changing.
On Muttiah Muralitharan:
It's incredibly difficult as well. He is an exceptionally good bowler. The games he played for us, he did a great job. We just continue trying to find the right balance. Guys understand that they might miss out in some games, and that goes for everyone. On Zaheer Khan’s recovery:
He is getting stronger and stronger, and gets better. He just gets better with every game he plays. He just wants to play as much as he can so that he can get his fitness up. He is a good leader within the team, particularly with the young Indian bowlers like Harshal Patel and R Vinay Kumar. So it's been a real help for me. I think he just got stronger and fitter. He uses variation pretty well, particularly at the death. He is an extremely smart bowler. On Chris Gayle:
Chris likes to play the way he wants. We can understand he likes to get himself in for five-six balls and once he is settled, he is prepared to attack. He did that last year and he has started to do that again this year. He is a quality player. He knows his game inside out. Hopefully, we can give him the confidence and freedom to go out and do it. On Virat Kohli not being at his best:
He might not have got the runs the way he would have liked, but he is a contributor. He gives everything on the field. He takes great catches. He tries hard and we know a good innings [from him] is not far away. These things happen. But I'm sure he would be back pretty strong. On the Eden Gardens wicket:
Probably it would be consistent with what we have seen so far; reasonably slow and turn a little bit. It's not the easiest thing for the batsmen. You have to come here and adjust just like when you go to Bengaluru you have to adjust. Any team that wants to win the IPL has to play well in all conditions. Going by the last few matches, 150 should probably be a good total, but I’m not sure.
On the tournament being wide open at this stage:
That’s what you want from the fans’ perspective and the organisational perspective – an incredibly tight tournament. There are some quality teams and no one has really stood out. Deccan [Chargers] won last night; [that] shows that any team can win on a given day.