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Struggling Super Kings face Deccan Chargers at Chepauk
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 03 May 2012
Defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, are locked in a mid-table race, having been on the receiving end in their last two matches; since their last-ball victory against the Rajasthan Royals, CSK have shared points with RCB, and lost to Kings XI Punjab and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
With time quickly running out and the tournament nearing the business end, CSK will be aware that they need to get back to being the team that won two back-to-back IPL titles. And they will have a chance to redeem themselves when they take on the Deccan Chargers in Match 46 of DLF IPL 2012.
DC, currently, lie on the ground floor of the IPL 2012 table with two wins from nine matches. Though they are theoretically in with a shot to qualify for the playoffs; they need to win every single match from this point forward, and then, hope for other results to go their way as well. They come into this fixture on the back of a win against the Pune Warriors India, and will look to add to their winning momentum.
Friday, May 4, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
That Chennai Super Kings have been a one-man batting line-up can be established from the fact that Faf du Plessis (334 runs) has 137 runs more than the second-best run-getter for the team. Suresh Raina has by and large been disappointing this season, but he showed glimpses of returning to form in the previous match against the Kolkata Knight Riders. CSK will need him to get going and hope the power-hitters (MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and Albie Morkel) can play handy cameos in the closing stages of the innings.
Chennai Super Kings’ spinners have had a disappointing tournament thus far; between R Ashwin, Shadab Jakati and Suresh Raina, the defending champions have only bagged 10 dismissals at the cost of 45 runs per wicket. For CSK to be the force they were last season – especially when playing at home – they need their spinners to start picking up truckloads of wickets, just like they’ve done in the past.
The one common factor in the Deccan Chargers’ two wins so far has been half-centuries by Cameron White. The team management will be hoping the Australian – who has been in and out of the side (despite being the vice-captain) – can continue to perform just like he did in the wins against the Pune Warriors India.
Also keep an eye on the fiery Dale Steyn who was taken to the cleaners in the match against PWI. He will be pitted against Michael Hussey, du Plessis, Raina, Dhoni, etc. and his spell to them could make for some lip-smacking action. Previous Meetings
The Chennai Super Kings hold an edge over the Deccan Chargers not only because of their 5-4 win-loss record, but because they’ve also win the last three meetings between the two teams.
In the most recent encounter between CSK and DC (at Visakhapatnam), Ravindra Jadeja single-handedly led his team to a convincing 74-run win. The Saurashtra all-rounder scored a quick fire 48 (29 balls) and then picked up five DC wickets as his side bowled out their opponents for 119. What next?
The Chennai Super Kings travel to Mumbai next for their fixture against the Mumbai Indians on April 6, while the Deccan Chargers will be seen in action in Bangalore later on the same day when they square off against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
DC skipper says his teammates need to believe in themselves in order to win
By IPL Staff
Chennai 03 May 2012
The Deccan Chargers are languishing at the bottom of the IPL 2012 points table with two wins in nine games. Both their victories have come recently, against the Pune Warriors India. Having found a bit of momentum, they now face the Chennai Super Kings in an away game.
Ahead of the all-important tie, DC skipper Kumar Sangakkara addressed a media conference, in which he spoke about various issues of his team at length. He also gave an insight into his own batting form and explained various captaincy decisions he took in the last few games. The contest against CSK
First, we have to realistically accept how good the Chennai Super Kings are with their batting, bowling and fielding. Then we have to believe that if we can play well – if we bowl and bat according to our plans and strategies, and more importantly, be a 100 percent on the field – we can challenge any side. T20 is such format, where if you play slightly better than the opposition on that day, when the match hangs in a balance, it’s the side that holds its nerve [that] walks away with the win. Cold performance by Indian players
Yes, it is very important the Indian players should take most of the pressure. In a side where you don’t quite have big India internationals, the overseas players should carry the team’s baton and the younger Indians play with freedom and enjoy game. They need to find their own place in the team and increase their self-belief. For that, we have to believe in them. In our side, we have some very good Indian players.
Lack of support for Dale Steyn
Unfortunately, we’re lacking Ishant Sharma who would’ve been a perfect partner for Steyn, Rusty Theron or whichever international player is playing on that day. But we knew that before the season started and we need to be realistic. Instead of talking about what we don’t have, we must believe in the players that we do have.
The decision to drop himself
I had a look at the wicket and it didn’t look [like] how it turned out eventually. Looking at it, we had to play an extra seamer. We couldn’t have dropped Cameron White as he had got a 70 in the last game. JP Duminy has been playing magnificently and Steyn has been superb. That left us with only one choice, and that was me sitting out. In the end, it was disappointing to lose because we were playing eight batsmen, three frontline seamers and a support seamer in Ashish Reddy.
Not enough time for JP Duminy to bat
That’s something that we’ve talked about and we’re trying to work out a situation where JP gets more time in the middle. Unfortunately, he got injured. Hopefully, he’ll be available for tomorrow’s game or for the one after that.
Personal batting form
After the last game [against PWI, when he scored 86] I can say I’m happy with my form. Before that, I was trying to do a bit too much and getting out. For me, the best way to bat is play straight and manoeuvre the ball such as the bowlers bowl bad balls to me. The longer I stay at the wicket, the more and the faster I score. I had lost that particular truism in my batting. Target for the Deccan Chargers
Realistically, we still do have a chance to get into the top four if we win almost every game. This IPL is very open and anything is still possible. The best thing about this team is that even though we’ve lost too many games, you won’t see guys bowing their heads and accepting defeats. We’ve always gone down fighting. The way we fought against Mumbai Indians defending 100 runs was unbelievable. As long as we keep up that fighting spirit, we can do well. Resting Steyn in a game
We rested him against PWI in Pune. In Juan Theron, we have one of the best T20 bowlers around, especially in the death overs. In T20 cricket, the last couple of overs cost teams a lot of games, like they did to us, against MI, RR, etc. Steyn is the guy for us, who runs in, bowls quick, he has the swing, seam; he’s the best bowler in the world. But there are some wickets on which, may be, someone like Theron is a better bet.