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The Preview by Sriram Veera
May 17, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, Chennai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)
Series/Tournaments: Indian Premier League
Chennai Super Kings' strength is their batting; they have crossed a total of 175 four times and four batsmen have accumulated over 300 runs. They have done just about enough with the ball to keep rolling out the wins. Three bowlers are in the list of top ten wicket-takers this season and the team has gelled as a unit. You might be able to make a criticism of the table-toppers Bangalore that they are heavily dependent on Chris Gayle but you can't pick too many holes in the Chennai campaign.
This could well be the last IPL game of the season for Kochi Tuskers Kerala. They have a mathematical chance of making the top four but to topple Kolkata, the only team they can get ahead on points, they have to beat Chennai by a huge margin. They have to then hope Kolkata lose both their remaining games convincingly. In contrast to Chennai, they have only one batsman, Brendon McCullum, who has tallied over 300 runs. To make things worse, they will be without the services of Mahela Jayawardene; Parthiv Patel will lead the side.
Form guide (most recent first)
Chennai: WWLWW (second in points table)
Kochi: WLLWW (sixth in points table)
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In the spotlight
Dwayne Bravo has just played two IPL games and has done the job with the ball. With fellow West Indian Gayle firing in style for Bangalore, it will be interesting to track Bravo's progress in the remainder of the tournament. He will slip in the slower yorkers and cutters, and be restrictive with the ball; will he get a chance to showcase his prowess with the bat?
"We are still disappointed. Every team wants to get to the final four. We had our chances but didn't grab on to them. Like I said we lacked consistency in the tournament."
Mahela Jayawardene looks back on the season
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S Badrinath makes a frank assessment of this format