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The Preview by Nikita Bastian
October 1, 2011
Series/Tournaments: Nokia Champions League T20
The Super Kings' win against the Cobras should boost their confidence - they chased (something they prefer to avoid) on a sluggish track and won despite scoreboard pressure. They've been in must-win situations before and seem to thrive on the extra pressure. If the visitors are to get past them they will have to shed their tardiness in the field.
T&T, so far, have seemed heavily dependent on their top three - Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo - for runs, something that the Super Kings would look to exploit. Ravi Rampaul, T&T's bowling spearhead, had a nightmarish last two overs in the game against New South Wales, but the memories of his five-for against India in the World Cup at this ground should be enough to dispel any negativity. A contest to watch out for is Dwayne Bravo taking on his State side that includes his brother Darren.
Watch out for …
Legspinner Samuel Badree has been miserly in T&T's four matches (qualifiers included), conceding only 4.75 runs an over - the best economy-rate among bowlers who have delivered a minimum of 15 overs in the tournament. It will be interesting to see how he fares on the Chennai pitch, which has traditionally allowed the hosts' slow bowlers to apply the squeeze on the opposition in the second-half of an innings.
Stats and trivia
"MS [Dhoni] really showed the way to go about it on this [Chennai] wicket, placing the ball in the gaps, and running a lot of singles and twos."
Dwayne Bravo credits his captain MS Dhoni for pointing him in the right direction against the Cobras
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Virat Kohli's innings on the final day transcended the conditions, the bowlers and his batting partners, and when it was all in vain, he displayed remarkable grace in defeat
Both batsmen seemingly have buckets of talent at their disposal and the backing of their captains, but soft dismissals relentlessly follow both around the Test arena
Josh Hazlewood has been on Australian cricket's radar since he was a teenager. The player that made a Test debut at the Gabba was a much-improved version of the tearaway from 2010
The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader, given his ability to stay ahead of the game
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test