Match 13 of the DLF IPL 2012 will see two South Indian teams – and finalists of IPL 2011 – go head-to-head. The Chennai Super Kings, who were comprehensively outplayed by the Delhi Daredevils in their previous outing, have looked scratchy in their three matches so far. They will look to pocket the two points from this home fixture.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to recover from the shock defeat at the hands of the Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match. A top order comprising Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers only mustered 18 runs in that match, and RCB fell short of their target by a whopping 42 runs. When Thursday, April 12, 2011, 04:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings have looked out of sorts in the three matches they’ve played this season and their problem starts right at the top of the innings. Their opening partnerships have been 4, 2 and 0, and opener Murali Vijay has only managed scores of 10, 2 and 0. He will be aware of the pressure on him to deliver the goods. Keep an eye on the 28-year-old to come out firing.
There will be pressure on Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin too. They were key contributors to CSK’s title run in IPL 2011, but this year, they haven’t set the stage on fire yet. Expect them to turn on the heat – especially while playing at home, where they’ve got fabulous records.
It is not often that Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers fail in the same match. That happened in RCB’s match against KKR. The team from Bangalore will want to flush that memory away quickly. Look out for fireworks from Gayle, who looked out of sorts in his first outing this season. The Jamaican opener batted for eight balls to score 2 runs against KKR, and he will want to start delivering those big blows that made him a heartthrob with RCB fans last season.
The two teams have so far met on 11 occasions – including in the final of IPL 2011 – and MS Dhoni’s team holds a slight edge in the head-to-head comparison. CSK has won six matches, including three of the four fixtures in IPL 2011. Royal Challengers Bangalore meanwhile will be aware that they’ve won just one of the four fixtures at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. They will be hoping to improve on that record. Trivia
Chennai Super Kings have an outstanding record at Chepauk; they’ve won 15 out of their 23 IPL matches at the venue.
CSK’s Albie Morkel holds the record for the most ‘not outs’ in the IPL; he’s been unbeaten in 21 off his 47 IPL innings. What next?
Chennai Super Kings head to Pune to take on the Pune Warriors India on April 14, while Daniel Vettori and co. will enjoy a couple of days off before they take on the Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals on April 15.