Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 20 April 2014 - 09:26pm IST
Preview: Match 8 – CSK v DD
Perennial favourites take on confident Daredevils
The Chennai Super Kings, who currently occupy the second-last spot in league standings, clash with the Delhi Daredevils in the eighth match of the Pepsi IPL 2014.
It is not often that teams post more than 200 runs on the board and yet end up on the losing side. But that is precisely what happened to MS Dhoni’s team in their season opener, against Kings XI Punjab. Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith set up the match beautifully for their side, before Glenn Maxwell and David Miller blew away the CSK bowlers to guide KXIP to a convincing six-wicket victory.
Delhi Daredevils, meanwhile, started their season with a big loss against RCB, but recovered quickly to trounce KKR in their second match. Stand-in skipper Dinesh Karthik set up his team’s run-chase, before JP Duminy played the role of finisher to perfection, picking the one bowler and identifying the one over that would seal the match decisively in favour of his team.
Kevin Pietersen – the regular skipper of the Delhi Daredevils – had indicated during his team’s previous match that he had almost recovered from the finger injury that had forced him to sit out the first couple of games. It is still unclear if he will start tomorrow’s game.
Monday, April 21, 2014, 8 pm IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Smith and McCullum added 123 runs for the opening wicket to set up the game for CSK in their previous match. Given the way they went about their job – matching each other stroke for stroke – and how well they timed the ball, they will be expected to come to the party yet again. As always, Suresh Raina – who has featured in every one of CSK’s matches and is the leading run-getter in the league – will be the fulcrum of CSK’s batting plans.
With runs in both matches, JP Duminy is Delhi Daredevils’ man in form. The southpaw scored 67 against RCB and followed it up with a match-winning 52 against KKR – remaining unbeaten on both the occasions. He, along with Dinesh Karthik, Ross Taylor and Kevin Pietersen (if he makes the playing XI), will be the mainstays of DD’s batting plans.
Notes from previous match
Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab: Skipper MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming will have made note of the fact that their fielders were guilty of grassing four opportunities that came their way. You cannot put down catches, and certainly not those of destructive players like Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. CSK will also know they need to tighten the screws on the bowling front; they conceded as many as 26 fours and five sixes in their last match.
Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders: KKR managed to score 81 runs in the middle period of the innings in their match against DD. That should certainly be one area where DD could execute their skills and plans more efficiently. Jimmy Neesham has come in for plenty of stick in the two matches so far; he has conceded 48 runs in four overs despite bowling in the middle stages of the innings.
MS Dhoni’s boys will know they have a clear edge going into their match against the Delhi Daredevils. The two-time IPL champions have won 8 of the 12 matches against the team from Delhi.
Some of the memorable performances in CSK-DD matches include centuries by CSK’s Murali Vijay (2012) and AB de Villiers (2009).
MS Dhoni is the only player in the world to captain in more than 100 T20 matches; he has so far been a skipper in 164 games. The next best is Adam Gilchrist, who led in 83 T20 matches.
Chennai Super Kings will head to Dubai for their next fixture, which is against the Rajasthan Royals on April 23. The Delhi Daredevils too head to the ‘Ring of Fire’ for their next fixture, against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 25.