Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2011, Chennai

Can Delhi compete without Sehwag?

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

May 11, 2011

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Match facts


Thursday, May 12, Chennai
Start time 2000 (14.30 GMT)


James Hopes smashes one to the off side, Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011, Delhi, April 26, 2011
James Hopes will take over from Virender Sehwag as Delhi Daredevils captain © AFP
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Big Picture


Chennai Super Kings are the team to beat in the IPL, yet again. Mumbai Indians may have done the early running and may be top of the table, but they have also twice collapsed dramatically for totals of less than 100. Contrastingly, it has taken either the elements or a special performance to conspire against Chennai, who are one of only two teams to have posted totals in excess of 180 on three occasions. With the ball, they have done just about enough to choke off opponents, which is evident from the fact that they have bowled out their opposition only once this season.

As if seven losses weren't enough, Delhi Daredevils now have to compete without Virender Sehwag, architect of three of their four wins so far, who will miss the rest of the IPL to undergo shoulder surgery. Delhi with Sehwag were average, Delhi without Sehwag will be poor, unless they can manage to step up considerably under new captain James Hopes. Chennai have been unbeaten so far at home this season, and will start as clear favourites on Thursday. A win will mean a play-off berth is more or less secure.

Form guide (most recent first)


Chennai: WLWWW (third in points table)
Delhi: LWLWL (eighth in points table)

Team talk


It is impossible to replace Sehwag, but someone will have to take his place in the XI. It could be young Unmukt Chand, who had two torrid outings at the start of the season. Roelof van der Merwe could also get a game, but that would mean Colin Ingram having to miss out after only one match, in which he faced two balls.

Chennai have grown stronger after the arrival of Dwayne Bravo but what Wriddhiman Saha's role was in the previous match is anybody's guess, considering that he didn't keep, and would have batted at No. 8. At least S Anirudha can bat higher up or Joginder Sharma can bowl.

Predict the playing XIs for this match. Play ESPNcricinfo Team Selector.

In the spotlight


After starting this season with three half-centuries and a 46 in five matches, David Warner's form has tapered off sharply, with only 26 runs in his next five innings. He was even left out against Deccan Chargers, but in the absence of Sehwag, his position at the top of the order acquires added importance, if Delhi have to challenge Chennai.

That Doug Bollinger has a better economy rate than even R Ashwin, who is usually difficult to get away, shows how important the fast bowler has been for MS Dhoni. He has chugged in and hustled batsmen with pace, bounce, angle and variation, whether at the start of the innings or at the death. Thirteen wickets from just eight games have made Chennai even more reliant on him.

Prime numbers


  • The highest total the in IPL is Chennai's 246 made in 2010; the highest this season is Delhi's 231
  • Chennai have the best win-loss ratio in the IPL, 1.43

The chatter


"Irfan Pathan is a solid player and he will be given some more opportunities in the next three games."
Delhi coach Greg Shipperd backs his premier allrounder to come good

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Posted by MaruthuDelft on (May 12, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

Delhi will do better! Sehwag is a brilliant player but he is not good enough to lead because leadership is a complicated skill. Sometimes it would appear simple when a well performing captain leading from the fron by being an example but it is an illusion. I predict Delhi would do much better in the remaining 3 matches.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

VARUN AARON THE DYNAMO IS BACK......REALLY IMPRESSEDM BY HIS SPEED.....HE JUST NEEDS A FEW WEEKS IN THE INDIAN TEAM ....THEN HE WILL SETTLE TO BOWLING 130 KMPH.....THATS THE TREND....dont know what they do ...but GURANTEED 20 KMPH LOSS ........!

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

THIS IS THE MOST 'NON-DELHI'DELHI SIDE,,,,,,,,first VIRAT IS IN RCB SINCE 2008,THEN NEHRA IS WITH PUNE, GAMBHIR LEAVES TO KKR,DHAWAN,MANAS ALSO LOST....NOW NO SEHWAG........MAN DELHI HIGHLY POPULATES THE TEAM INDIA....BUT CANT FIND A DELHIITE IN DAREDAVILS JERSY

Posted by Vatto on (May 12, 2011, 14:52 GMT)

The trick is the team composition. Chennai have players who have played long enuf with each other. So they do understand the situation and deliver accordingly. So it was a good transfer season for them... Delhi -- Look who all uve lost... Gambir, Nannes, Dilshan, AB, Vettori who are all absolute matchwinners in their own right... So its stupid transfer really... And im sure thoug KKR would make it to the semis, i dont think theyll reach the finals for sure. The team is a new one and they've yet to be tested. Under pressure they crumble as they did against CSK. Lets see the game against MI...

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

CSK better than DD .DD wiil never win this match. because shewag wiinot play today.

Posted by Indiancampions454 on (May 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

I also think that CSK will win even if sewag was playing, CSK has Three Super King bowlers (Bollinger, Aswin, and Morkel) and don't forget their Bating Lineup, you now what they did to Rajastan, in everyway CSK is better than DD. Also looking forward to the CSK vs. Bangalore Game can't wait to see the CSK bowlers Vs. Gayle

Posted by Irarum on (May 12, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

If you are Delhi fan, stop being negative. It is time for others to step up and lets hope that happens. I am from India, and so surprised to see people rubbing off Pathan. Unless he fails in next 150 games, I will continue supporting Pathan. Not just because of his record but the promise. We need people like Irfan at higher levels and become an inspiration for younger generation. We need medium pace bowling all rounders and not spin all rounders who in crunch time are useless. Apart from Irfan, Delhi can still upset if Venu, Finch and Morkel step up.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

IN 20/20 anything could happen let us wait and see.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

if sehwag had one more consistent batsman and two consistent bowlers DD will win but unfortunately they don't , man they dearly miss AB now!!!

Posted by sunder_screen on (May 12, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

There is no doubt that Sehwag is the best batsman in the world. But CSK will roar even if sehwag will play today. The home advantage to CSK cannot be ignorable.

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