Chennai Super Kings v Lions, Group B, Cape Town October 15, 2012

Chennai look to bounce back against Lions

Match facts

October 16, 2012
Start time 1730 (Start time 1530 GMT)

Big Picture

Both Chennai Super Kings and Lions had contrasting results at the Wanderers on Sunday. In the first game of the double-header, Chennai failed to keep Sydney Sixers to a par score and couldn't overhaul the target of 185. Later in the evening, the Lions did well to keep Mumbai Indians to 157, and came out victorious in a chase that ebbed and flowed. Both captains chose to chase because of the view that South African grounds are difficult to defend scores. It proved to be a good decision in the end for Lions. The action shifts to Cape Town tomorrow and both teams may have an eye on the Auckland-Kolkata Knight Riders game on Monday to gauge the conditions.

Chennai went in with their strongest batting line-up but left out the allrounder Albie Morkel. Ben Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger were the overseas picks and the pair came in for some stick in the end overs. Morkel would have been useful given his knowledge of South African conditions. Spin is Chennai's strength and the Lions will be tested, particularly Gulam Bodi who struggled to get going on Sunday. From the Lions' point of view it was pleasing to see two youngsters, Quinton de Kock and Aaron Phangiso, make telling contributions with bat and ball respectively.

Watch out for...

Sohail Tanvir is fast establishing himself as a sought-after Twenty20 bowler, freelancing for clubs like Lions and Kandurata Warriors. He was one of the most penetrative bowlers in the SLPL, picking up 11 wickets and can be quite a handful in seaming conditions. His round-the-wicket angle seems to work against the right-handers, as Kieron Pollard found out on Sunday when he failed to dig out a yorker swerving in from wide of the crease.

R Ashwin has opened the bowling in Twenty20s with a lot of success. The Lions top order wouldn't have seen too much of him so it wouldn't be a bad idea for Dhoni to toss the new ball to his best spinner and create early pressure.


"Where we lacked was the death bowling. We gave away about 15 runs too many."
MS Dhoni on where his team went wrong against Sydney Sixers

"In big games, it's the senior players who must be counted. I don't want to put pressure him at this stage."
Lions captain Alviro Petersen on Quinton de Kock

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • UtKal on October 15, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    My CSK 11 :- 1.Vijay 2.Faf Du Plesis 3.Hussey 4.Raina 5.Dhoni 6.Albie 7.Jadeja 8.Saha 9.Aswin 10.hilfenaus 11.Jakati.

    Drop Badri and bring in Saha as saha is better striker thn badrinath. Badri isn't able to play in SA pitches and saha can hit big blows and fast in filed. Albie should come in for bollinger. Jakti should replace yo mahesh. Go CSK go.

  • Kalyanaraman on October 15, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Dhoni the batsman needs to perform for CSK to shine. Murali Vijay is another one who needs to pull up his socks. I really do not know what Ravindra Jadeja is doing in the team. Jakati is a better bowler atleast.

  • Raghvendra on October 15, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    CSK is under pressure Dhoni's luck has faded My playing eleven would be 1. Faf du plessis 2. M vijay 3. Raina 4. Dhoni 5. R jadeja 6. Srikanth anirudh 7. Albie morkel 8. R Ashwin 9. Bollinger 10. Jakati 11. Hilfenaus Lions will play with much ease on thr home ground. I wish lions win..

  • Senthil on October 15, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    CSK should play Albie Morkel in place of Dough Bollinger and that will give CSK the last boost they have missed against Sidney Sixer, He would have scored those 14 extra runs and wouldn't have went that many as Bollinger went. Raina, Ashwin and Albie are the 3 success player CSK had across all seasons while others shone some and not some, but dropping Albie again in SA is biggest perhaps the most stupid decision Dhoni ever can make.

  • mohaimenul on October 15, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    go csk go...........csk should win this match. in there last match defth bolling very bad they have to improve it & give aswin 1st over it will b difficult 4 lions to pick him.

  • V.L on October 15, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    CSK shoould win this rather easily. MI is the worst of the 4 IPL teams and only CSK and DD are worthy of a place in the champions league among the four IPL teams.

  • Mafaz on October 15, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Raina is the star of batting, if he clicks they win ,if he doesn't he loses

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