Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 03 May 2012 - 10:46pm IST
Preview: Match 46 – CSK v DC
Struggling Super Kings face Deccan Chargers at Chepauk
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.
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.
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.