Chennai Super Kings v Brisbane Heat, CLT20, Ranchi September 27, 2013

Brisbane Heat still seeking first points

The Preview by Alagappan Muthu

Match facts

September 28, 2013
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Chennai Super Kings' power-packed batting line-up made a mockery of a 185-run target in their first game before blitzing a 200-plus total in the next to set them up for a semi-final spot, should they win their next encounter. Their opponents, Brisbane Heat, are languishing at the opposite end of the table, still winless in the tournament primarily because of inadequacies in the batting department.

The situation, however, is similar to how Heat began their BBL campaign last year - three losses in four matches. Their bowling, which was largely responsible for the turnaround that fetched them the Big Bash crown, continued to impress, limiting Titans and Trinidad & Tobago to modest targets. But unlike in the Big Bash, their batsmen have failed to step up. Case in point was their last match, when Heat could not chase down 124.

The onus falls on captain James Hopes, Peter Forrest and Daniel Christian, all with international experience, to remedy the situation. Forrest is under particular scrutiny, manning the No. 3 position. Though his style of play involves spending a little time in the middle before using his stocky frame to muscle the ball down the ground, he is yet to taste success in this competition.

Heat would be hopeful that the change of venue proves a useful ally. In addition to escaping Jaipur's bowler-friendly conditions, Heat's batsmen would benefit from the dew on the JSCA ground in Ranchi. The moisture on the field was so pronounced that seamer Ben Cutting was prompted into calling the toss in tomorrow's game a "big one".

Another potential advantage lies in Super Kings' relatively weak bowling line-up. Every bowler has an economy rate north of eight after two matches, with Ravindra Jadeja's 17.75 being the worst of the lot . But Super Kings more than make up for It in their batting, with three key players - Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni - in such prime form they have almost benefited from the loss of M Vijay's wicket, who has been woeful. Another concern for Super Kings could be lower-order rust, with Jadeja and Morkel having faced only two balls each in the tournament so far.

Players to watch

Dwayne Bravo has steadily grown in value in the Super Kings camp, eventually taking over from Morkel as their first-choice allrounder and more recently has picked up the mantle of their premier death bowler.

Joe Burns has been Heat's most successful batsman in this tournament so far, but has been guilty of losing his wicket at crucial moments. Heat will look to him to resolve that issue and in effect help their batting develop a stronger skeleton.


"One point is really clear, we need to learn to bowl in the dew-factor."
Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina predicts a secondary challenge during their match against Brisbane Heat

"I certainly won't be bowling any wide yorkers to him because they tend to disappear over the boundary."
Brisbane Heat seamer Ben Cutting hints at his strategy to keep MS Dhoni quiet

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  • Cyril on September 28, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    T20 is a game of momentum, not just during a game but through a series. When the matches come so quickly, like in this tournament it is important to keep momentum once you have it. CSK are winning so making changes means they are more likely to lose the winning momentum. When you only watch cricket on television you don't see the amount of planning that goes into even a twenty over innings. Captaining the field is a massive part of winning T20s. Changing players means changing field positions, catchers, sweepers, etc, as well as the obvious bowling orders and distribution of overs. Keeping the field consistent saves runs, thus gets wickets. When you are winning there is no need to make changes.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Murali Vijay should be dropped but the match will be a walk in the park considering their recent form...Cricket is a funny old game though....

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Though Murali Vijay is unlucky, CSK is very lucky with Vijay got out in the first over itself in the previous matches. Let him continue for CSK's victory in the remaining matches. He has taken two catches in the match against SRH.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    CSK can include du-plesis instead of morkel and drop murali vijay include imitaz ahmed. these changes will lead to powerfull batting lineup,fielding, extra spinning option(du plesis) and pace bowling to balanced line up..............

  • Ronald on September 28, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    There is absolutely no interest in the series in Australia. The sooner our players come home to the home domestic season the better.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    CSK should drop Vijay and play Saha. Also, they should play Morris for Morkel. Morkel does not add any value to the already strong CSK batting line-up. His bowling is also not up to the mark. Morris and Bravo are better bowlers in death overs.

  • Vishwaksena on September 28, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    This game should be an easy one for csk especially in Indian conditions & opposition is missing 5 frontline quality players in their ranks. The strength of csk is batting while heat has a decent pace attack despite having a depleted squad.The only way they can put presure on csk is to score above 150 & take some early wickets.Though its a clear mismatch on paper funny things happen in cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Super Kings should change their opening pair may be send vijay lower down and shuffle him with badri

  • Sam on September 28, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster is correct. Australian teams will struggle for spin as it their long time issue. Ashwin and Jadeja will get their confidence back from Heats. This match will be easy one for CSK.