Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 17 April 2013 - 07:12pm IST
Preview : Match 24 – DD vs CSK
Shackled, teams look for redemption
Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings, who have been at the receiving ends recently in their respective fixtures, feature in Match 24 of the Pepsi IPL 2013.
The Delhi Daredevils, who topped the table last season and were considered among the top contenders for the title prior to the start of the season, lie at the floor of the points table, having lost all their five matches. The team seems to be steadily and surely improving but the results don’t seem to be going their way.
In their last outing, they managed to claw their way back into the match but Royal Challengers Bangalore edged past them in the Super Over. On a positive note, the Daredevils will realise they still have six home fixtures remaining and if they win each one of those they will be well placed to compete for a place in the top four teams.
The Chennai Super Kings meanwhile are coming off a 24-run defeat, suffered at the hands of Pune Warriors India. Chasing a competitive 160, CSK struggled for momentum and only managed 135 in their 20 overs. The two-time champions generally play well at home, but they’ve lost two of their three home matches this season and will be keen to make up for those defeats on the road.
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8 p.m
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
In David Warner, Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene, the Delhi Daredevils have a solid top-order. However, the team has struggled because the three are yet to fire in unison. On the day the trio gets their act together, there can be only one winner and Daredevils supporters will be hoping for that to happen sooner than expected.
CSK sorely missed the ever-reliable Michael Hussey in the previous match against the Pune Warriors. In the 20-over format it is important for teams to get off to a solid start and Michael Hussey’s presence at the top of the order gives CSK that reassurance. With Suresh Raina yet to make a substantial contribution, the burden falls on the shoulders of skipper MS Dhoni in the middle order.
MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings have won six of their ten contests against the Delhi Daredevils. Both teams were tied at two matches apiece after the first two seasons of the IPL. However since then CSK have held the upper hand winning four of the six matches.
Both teams held their home matches last season, but CSK got the better of DD in the Qualifier 2 which eliminated the Daredevils from the race to the final.
Chennai Super Kings’ Dirk Nannes needs three more wickets to become the top wicket-taker in the Twenty20 format. He has 214 wickets and three wickets will propel him ahead of Alfonso Thomas, who has 216 wickets in this format.
The Chennai Super Kings’ average score in the Power Play is 36 – that’s the lowest among all teams this season.
The Delhi Daredevils will stay put at home and play the second of their three back-to-back home matches against the Mumbai Indians on April 21. The Chennai Super Kings meanwhile head to Kolkata after this match on April 20.