Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Chennai May 11, 2012

Delhi wary of cornered Chennai

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Match facts

Saturday, May 12, Chennai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

With Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders comfortably placed at the top of the points table, there's a crowd in the middle vying for the two other knockout places. The last three days have, in fact, seen three different teams at fourth spot. A win for Chennai Super Kings can take them into the top four ahead of another tricky match away to Kolkata.

Super Kings made heavy weather of a relatively simple chase against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, only to be rescued by Albie Morkel and S Anirudha. In fact their batting has failed to reprise its form of previous seasons and that is reflected quite clearly in the struggles of Suresh Raina. MS Dhoni, who has changed the batting order frequently, has himself been a slow scorer. Their most impactful batsman, Albie Morkel, has faced only 59 deliveries and follows Ravindra Jadeja in the order; his team probably needs to give him more time in the middle.

Daredevils, on the other hand, are in cruise control. On the same day that Super Kings almost fluffed their chase against Royals, Daredevils' David Warner and Naman Ojha made a mockery of a seemingly tall target in Hyderabad. Warner filled Kevin Pietersen's boots by slamming a century in his second game this season and Ojha's class allayed doubts about the quality of Daredevils' Indian batting. Virender Sehwag has had two low scores after five consecutive fifties and he would aim to close the gap with Chris Gayle in the race for the orange cap. He would also want to settle score with Ben Hilfenhaus, who got him three times during the Tests on the tour of Australia.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Chennai Super Kings: WLWLL
Delhi Daredevils: WLWWW

Players to watch

Albie Morkel hasn't had many chances with the bat but has twice turned a match on its head. He did it first against Royal Challengers and then against Royals. The last time he played against his brother Morne, he faced only three balls. This time, can he disturb Morne's rhythm?

David Warner announced his arrival this season with his second IPL century,109 off 54 balls. With Sehwag also in good form, Super Kings' spinners have a tough task at hand.

Stats and trivia

  • In the previous match between these two sides this season, in Delhi, Super Kings imploded to 110 - their lowest total of 2012.
  • David Warner scored 82 runs in boundaries in his innings against Deccan Chargers, which is the highest this season.
  • Suresh Raina's strike-rate in the IPL before the start of this season was 140.32. This season it has dropped to 127.43.
  • MS Dhoni has hit 59 sixes in his IPL career - but only four this season.

    Quotes

    "Leaving it too late is not something we do intentionally, our top six need to perform."
    MS Dhoni

    "We are in a good space at the moment. We messed up a little bit in the last game. We must stay at the top and we want to finish in the top place."
    David Warner

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    come-on DD...mahela,viru.morne,warner

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    definitely DD ll give some bad news to d Chennai fans today,as sehwag doesn't lyk dhoni definitely he'll play better today to knock out csk out f d league...all d best DD,,,MUNDE DELHI KE..

  • RajCSK on May 12, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I think CSK going to nail this one...... when they are under pressure They are fantastic. May be that's why captain cool leaving to the END and still looks cool. Go CSK boys.!!!

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on May 12, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Go Delhi Go...... Viru pa ji i want a century agnst shaky CSK from ur balde...... It would be nice to see Viru agnst Hilfenaus and Warner agnst Ashwin nt 2 forget Morkel vs Morkel in the death overs...Can call Clash of Titans.

    Please bring Van der Mew in place of Taylor.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Is that true Vignesh A? Any captain wud have chose to go with doughie--hilfy combo if they both are available.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    will faf play? he shud be playing coz we need an in-form batsman at the top of the order.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    CSK is like Barcelona ...!!! ...No need to be like MU ...I Hate MU

  • Cricinfouser on May 12, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    i have a feeling CSK will win this one.. they r never comfortable being comfortable..always leaving it to the last..

  • Vignesh.A on May 12, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    For all Doug Bollinger fans i would like to inform you that Doug back in australia for his family reasons and is not expected to return for this season of IPL

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    csk gonna win.In previous years also this team status like the current status before going to playoffs.csk will rock.please don't confirm dhoni as waste.He will play long innings when the team in bad stage.No one knows dhoni plans.No one can think like him.hilfenaus will shine today.

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