Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 12 May 2012 - 12:01am IST
Preview: Match 59 – CSK v DD
Mighty Daredevils take on Super Kings in Chennai
Match 59 of DLF IPL 2012 will see defending champions Chennai Super Kings face off against the Delhi Daredevils.
DD sit pretty among the top two teams in the points table, and that’s a true reflection of how good they’ve been. They have a solid batting line-up, good all-rounders, and some impressive fast bowlers too. The lack of quality spinners was one of the areas where DD were said to be lacking at the start of the season, but the emergence of Shahbaz Nadeem has plugged that hole too.
CSK are one of five teams in the race for the two playoff slots, which are yet to be taken. MS Dhoni’s team have blown hot and cold so far this season, and unlike last season, when they won several matches on the trot, they’ve not managed to win more than two in a row this season.
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
For the Chennai Super Kings to be the force they were in the previous seasons, they need Suresh Raina to start scoring the big runs. The southpaw looked out of sorts in the early days of the tournament, but has discovered form in his last few innings. However, he is yet to get to the 50-run mark this season, and CSK will be hoping that a big innings from him is round the corner.
CSK have been struggling with getting runs at the top of the innings. That problem only compounded further in the last match when Faf du Plessis – their leading run-getter in the competition – was forced to sit out because of illness. CSK skipper MS Dhoni is known to be a big match player; expect him to come to the party at a time when every match is a do-or-die affair for his team.
Virender Sehwag has been the star of the Delhi Daredevils’ IPL 2012 campaign so far; with close to 500 runs this season, he has been DD’s best batsman by a mile. Despite having all the shots in the book, Sehwag had never really delivered to the potential he was capable of in previous seasons. However, there has been a marked change in his attitude and temperament this season – and DD are reaping the rewards of that change.
Keep an eye on David Warner too; the diminutive Australian joined the Delhi Daredevils only recently, but he has wasted little time in delivering the goods. In the previous match against the Deccan Chargers, he scored an unbeaten 109 to guide his team to a convincing nine-wicket win.
The head-to-head record between the Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils stands at four matches apiece in eight outings.
In IPL 2008 and in IPL 2010, both teams lost their respective home matches but went on to win their away fixtures against each other. In the 2009 season in South Africa, the Delhi Daredevils won the first tie in Durban, while CSK came back to win the second fixture.
In their last two meetings, both teams have done well on their home field; while CSK got the better of DD at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in 2011, the Delhi Daredevils thrashed the defending champions when these two teams met at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium earlier this season.
The Chennai Super Kings have only posted four half-centuries this season. In contrast, Delhi Daredevils’ Virender Sehwag has alone scored five half-centuries.
Chennai Super Kings’ next assignment will be their away fixture against the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 14, while the Delhi Daredevils will head back home and prepare to host Kings XI Punjab on May 15.