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The Chennai Super Kings will be eyeing a sixth consecutive win over the Delhi Daredevils when the two teams clash in Match 26 of Pepsi IPL 2014.
CSK are perched at the top of the table with five wins from six outings. DD, meanwhile, have blown hot and cold and have two wins from six matches. In their previous match – their first outing at home this season – they were defeated by the Rajasthan Royals.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 8 pm IST
Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
Delhi Daredevils have a loaded batting line-up. But the two men who look in good touch and are capable of forcing the issue are Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy. Duminy is the team’s top run-getter with 212 runs from six outings, while de Kock has made runs in each of his three matches.
CSK too have plenty of power in their batting line-up. The men who have done most of the damage are the two openers – Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum. The pair has contributed 56 percent of the runs scored by their team this season. Both batsmen have taken it upon themselves to win matches for their franchise. Either Smith or McCullum has finished as CSK’s top-scorer in five of CSK’s six matches so far this season.
Notes from Previous Match
Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals: Coach Gary Kirsten would have made note of the fact that DD did not get too many runs in the middle overs. Despite having stroke-makers like Quinton de Kock, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik and JP Duminy, DD only managed to add only 48 runs in the middle period.
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders: Two things stood out during CSK’s win against KKR. CSK were simply brilliant on the field; despite posting a modest 148 on the board, the way their fielders saved runs on the field – some estimates say CSK saved 14 runs that day – meant their opponents had to score more than they actually needed to. The other big positive to emerge from the match was the performance of the two spinners. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja strangled the KKR batsmen, conceding only 33 runs in eight overs and picking up five wickets between them.
No team has defeated the Delhi Daredevils more often than the Chennai Super Kings. The two teams have so far met on 13 occasions, and CSK have a 9-4 win-loss record against DD.
Chennai Super Kings have won 4 of their previous 5 IPL matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla. The home team, Delhi Daredevils, has won only 14 of their 35 matches at the venue.
The Delhi Daredevils are the only team whose captain has not won a coin toss this season.
Delhi Daredevils will play their third consecutive home match when they host the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 7. The Chennai Super Kings too will take the field the same day when they clash with Kings XI Punjab at Cuttack.
Match 25 of Pepsi IPL 2014 will see the Rajasthan Royals facing off against the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first of the return matches this season.
RR are on a roll, having registered wins in their last three matches. Since decimating Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi, RR have defeated KKR and Delhi Daredevils and are third in league standings. In their most recent outing, they chased down 156 in clinical fashion, not once allowing the required run-rate to go out of hand.
The Kolkata Knight Riders need to lift themselves after finishing on the wrong side of the result in their last three matches. Since defeating RCB, they have dropped games against Kings XI Punjab, RR and Chennai Super Kings. In their most recent outing, the bowling unit did well to restrict CSK to 148, but the batsmen – barring Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan – did not turn up.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 4 pm IST
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Skipper Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane are the undoubtedly the two most important players in the Rajasthan Royals ranks. However, given the dynamics of the team, the lesser-known players often step up and deliver match-winning performances. The immensely talented Sanju Samson, who bats at the crucial No.3 position, has played impressive cameos. The 19-year-old will be expected to convert those cameos into match-winning efforts. One man at the other end of the age spectrum – 42-year-old Pravin Tambe – keeps getting better by the day. After going wicketless in the first two matches, the leg-spinner has picked up nine wickets in the following four matches to become the team’s most successful bowler. He will continue to be an important cog, given that the surface in Ahmedabad is known to assist spinners.
For the Kolkata Knight Riders to do well, they will need a big knock from Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey or Robin Uthappa. Each one of those players have had one or two good outings so far this season, and with competition for Playoff spots getting intense, it is crucial that the four experienced lads stand up and deliver. On the bowling front, one doesn’t have to look beyond Sunil Narine who has been unplayable. Not only does the Trinidadian get wickets, he also ties batsmen down and therefore forces them to take risks against other bowlers.
Notes from Previous match
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils: After the Delhi Daredevils got off to a blazing start by scoring 46 runs in the first six overs, the Rajasthan Royals pulled things back spectacularly; they only conceded 48 runs in the middle overs. The other positive to emerge from the match was the arrival of Karun Nair, who shrugged off poor form to guide his team home in the run-chase with a composed innings of 73*.
Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings: The KKR coach Trevor Bayliss will have noted a couple of areas his players could work on. First up, the bowlers did not hit the right lengths in their match against CSK. There were at least five overs of short deliveries bowled and the CSK batsmen took full advantage of them by scoring 62 runs. To put things in perspective, off the remaining 15 overs, the CSK batsmen only managed 86 runs. When it was their turn to bat, the KKR batsmen could have made better decisions where choice of shots was concerned.
By virtue of their win in the Super Over – that decided the match between these two teams in Abu Dhabi earlier this season – the Rajasthan Royals have a 7-6 win-loss record against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Rajasthan Royals have an impressive record in IPL matches at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad; they’ve won 3 of the 4 matches played there previously.
KKR have the most successful spin bowling attack in Pepsi IPL 2014; their spinners have picked up 18 wickets at a strike-rate of a wicket every 18 balls and have leaked runs at a rate of 6.50.
Kolkata Knight Riders head to the national capital to take on the Delhi Daredevils on May 7. Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, will remain at Ahmedabad and host Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 8.