After Saturday’s thrilling win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Chennai Super Kings will be an all-charged up unit when they host Pune Warriors India in Match 19 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
After a defeat in their opening match, CSK have recovered well to post two wins in a row. They will look to carry forward the momentum they have from those two wins when they take on Pune Warriors India, who suffered a 41-run defeat in the Maharashtrian Derby on Saturday.
Monday, April 15, 2013, 8 p.m
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The strength of the Chennai Super Kings has remained the same over the last few seasons. In Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey, the team have an experienced opening pair who know exactly what is expected of them. Suresh Raina has had a silent IPL so far (by his standards at least) and he will be itching to unleash himself. MS Dhoni’s exploits with the bat need no introduction; among the best finishers in the world, the CSK skipper has been in smashing form this season. Dhoni has scored 84 runs off 49 deliveries this season which includes five sixes and six fours.
On the bowling front, Chris Morris has done enough to keep the experienced Albie Morkel out of the team. He, together with Dirk Nannes and R Ashwin, will be the key personnel in CSK’s bowling plans.
Yuvraj Singh’s reputation as a destructive batsman needs no introduction. Pune Warriors India will be very well served if their openers Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch lay the platform at the top of the innings. The team also needs to consider its combination of foreign players; Steve Smith – who did very well for the team last season - has to find a place in the XI.
The Chennai Super Kings have a definite edge when it comes to their contests against Pune Warriors India. They two-time IPL champions have defeated the Pune franchise in three of the four meetings between the two teams. Last season, both teams did well in their respective home matches; while PWI chased down 155 and registered a convincing 7-wicket win at home, CSK defended 164 in their home fixture to win by 13 runs.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni holds the record for the most stumpings in the IPL; 18 of his 50 dismissals in the IPL have come in the form of stumpings.
R Ashwin’s 52 wickets in the IPL include 23 wickets of opening batsmen.
After back to back home fixtures, Chennai Super Kings will hit the road for back-to-back away games. Their first stop will be the national capital, where they take on the Delhi Daredevils on April 18. Pune Warriors India will head back home to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 17.