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Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 04 May 2014 - 06:39pm IST

Preview: Match 26 – DD v CSK

Daredevils set to host table-toppers in Delhi

What

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.

When

Monday, May 5, 2014, 8 pm IST

Where

Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi

The Protagonists

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.

Previous Meetings

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.

Trivia

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.

What Next

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.

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