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Match 38 of the Pepsi IPL 2013 features defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders versus the Chennai Super Kings. CSK are placed second on the points table with six wins from eight outings while their opponents have three wins from eight outings and are placed seventh.
Despite losing their opening fixture, CSK recovered well to win six of their next seven matches. If anything, the team has made winning a habit – they have won their last four matches and certainly seem to know a thing or two on how to get out of difficult situations, as can be established from the fact that their last three victories have been in the last over.
KKR meanwhile face an uphill task to stay in contention for a place in the top four teams for the play-offs. The defending champions come into this match on the back of a five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab.
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4 p.m
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings’ campaign so far this season has ridden on the shoulders of Michael Hussey and skipper MS Dhoni. Hussey offers solidity at the top – and can change gears without too much difficulty while his skipper has time and has established his stature as one of the best finishers in the circuit currently.
KKR’s campaign is not any different. Runs from Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order and finishing touches from Eoin Morgan have been a regular feature for the team this season. Manvinder Bisla’s return to form in the previous match is good news for the team too.
The bowling presents a fascinating battle too. Despite all these years, R Ashwin continues to outsmart batsmen with his bag of tricks and KKR have Sunil Narine as their ace.
The head to head record between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders stands at 7-4 in favour of the former.
When the two teams met earlier this season, the two-time champions restricted the defending champions to 119 and then chased down the runs in the final over to win by 4 wickets.
L Balaji has played 58 matches so far in the IPL. In CSK colors, he picked up 31 wickets from 29 matches (economy of 8.63) and with the KKR outfit, he has claimed 26 scalps from 29 matches (economy of 7.36).
The Chennai Super Kings have chased in each of the five matches they have played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium this season.
Chennai Super Kings head out to Pune to take on Pune Warriors India on April 30 while the Kolkata Knight Riders travel to Raipur to take on the Delhi Daredevils on May 1.
The fact that they have been able to get through the line without the services of their injured overseas stars Ablie Morkeland Dirk Nannes is a further pleasing factor for the team.
On the eve of the KKR match, CSK’s bowling coach Andy Bichel hinted the team would field the same playing XI that won them their last two matches, against Rajasthan Royalsand Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“We have a few little injuries around the place. Eight games in and we’re looking to play the same side to play Sunday’s game,” Bichel said. While he almost ruled out Morkel’s comeback in the XI for the game, Bichel said Nannes could take the field after recovering well.
“Albie is in the process of recovering; he’s bowling in the nets but I think it might be a little early for him to play again. But Dirk has made some good progress over the last week and depending how he gets through the fitness test, he has a good chance of playing on Sunday,” Bichel said. While discussing his bowling attack, the CSK bowling mentor also touched upon the aspect of T20 bowling that is most talked about – bowling at the death.
“It’s always an interesting issue in T20 format,” Bichel said, adding, “I think of all the matches we’ve played so far we’ve been under the pump only three times. It’s okay if No.9 and 10 are at the crease and you’re bowling yorkers at them.
“It’s those times when AB de Villiers, Steven Smith and the likes are at the crease when the bowlers are tested. It’s a challenge for all our bowlers to keep on improving on that aspect. We certainly have a strong focus on that in our training,” he said before explaining the system the team has put in place in the nets to help bowlers improve their death bowling.
“We bowl with new balls and old ones in the net session and create a set-up that matches our batting line-up. We see that Vijay and Michael Hussey face the new ball and MS Dhoni bats against the old one.
“Bowlers are told where their fields are and we try to have a match scenario. But we don’t have 50,000 people in the stadium and the scoreboard that matters, which makes a difference. That’s the only problem,” he said.
Considering that the wickets are gradually slowing down, Bichel admitted the discussion of playing an extra spinner will arise at some point. However, he was reluctant on changing the formula that is working for the team so far.
“It’s a big decision to change that formula. But for the fact that it is turning a bit, maybe (Suresh) Raina comes in as an option. It’s a big one to make but we will have to assess the conditions and they are changing week by week.”