Delhi v Chennai, IPL 2013, Delhi April 17, 2013

Daredevils in quest for elusive first points

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Match facts

April 18, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

For Delhi Daredevils, desperate times are fast approaching. Each team will play 16 matches in IPL 2013's group stage. Daredevils have played five of those games without scoring a point; they've almost arrived at a stage where each game is a must-win for them to progress to the playoffs.

Why it has happened so is unclear. They have the names and experience that make successful Twenty20 combinations. In Mahela Jayawardene, they have a celebrated captain, in David Warner and Virender Sehwag, two of the most explosive openers in the game, in Morne Morkel one half of the world's best new-ball pairing. The backup cast of allrounders is not too bad either with Johan Botha, Irfan Pathan, Jeevan Mendis, Roelof van der Merwe and Andre Russell. Yet, they've been unable to put together a winning XI this year.

They came closest to points in their previous game, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, where the opposition's implosion meant the game ended in a tie. Umesh Yadav could not finish the one-over eliminator well with the ball, but 16 was still not too daunting a target. Who knows what could have been if - an albeit struggling for form - Virender Sehwag had not been off the field for the last three overs of the Royal Challengers innings and was eligible to bat in the Super Over.

Jayawardene said after the match that he wants to take the challenge ahead one game at a time, targeting wins in as many home matches as possible. On Thursday, Daredevils will begin that quest against Chennai Super Kings. But Super Kings, smarting from a shock loss to Pune Warriors, will be just as keen to win. Against Warriors on Monday, Super Kings' preferred method of building late into the chase before launching a brutal assault to mow down the stiffest of asking-rates did not come off.

Super Kings' inconsistency this season appears to be the result of a lack of solidity at the top; for the final surge to come, an adequate platform must be laid. The game against Kings XI Punjab apart, Super Kings have lost wickets and scored sedately in the Powerplay. Still, dropping Michael Hussey from the XI hardly seems the answer, as he has been the backbone of the batting over the seasons. It is a decision they must be reviewing ahead of the Daredevils game.

Players to watch

After managing to keep things tight all through his spell against Royal Challengers - he was hit for one boundary in his four overs, taking 2 for 22 - Umesh Yadav gave Daredevils a near-perfect start to their Super Over. Faced with the daunting task of bowling to Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers with licence to hit, he managed four deliveries in and around the vicinity of the blockhole. But two length balls to finish off the over cost Daredevils 12 runs and, eventually, the match. He will be wary of repeating that mistake against the power-packed Super Kings line-up.

Dirk Nannes had a forgettable day against Warriors. After conceding around four an over in Super Kings' first two matches, he was taken apart by Aaron Finch and then Steven Smith at Chepauk. He went for 42 runs in his four, without taking a wicket. Not the kind of figures the world's second-highest T20 wicket-taker will settle for. He'll be eager to make amends against Daredevils.

Stats and Trivia

  • 13-16: Daredevils' win-loss record in the IPL at Feroz Shah Kotla. Their win-loss ratio of of 0.81 is one of the poorest for IPL teams at home (min 15 games). Only Deccan Chargers had a poorer ratio (3-15 at Uppal)
  • Suresh Raina is one short of 100 games for Chennai Super Kings (IPL and Champions League combined)

Quotes

"Having lost five straight games, they have nothing to lose and will be coming hard at us. I will call DD 'Dangerous Delhi'."
Don't let complacency set in against an underperforming Daredevils, Super Kings bowling coach Andy Bichel warns

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AbAdvani on April 18, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Problem with DD is that neither their openers nor their opening bowling attack has fired in any of the matches -Unmukt Chand was supposed to take over from Sehwag but he has struggled. Irfan Pathan has lost his swing totally -just look at how Bhuvnesh is getting the ball to swing in contrast -Irfan's bowling action has been changing every year and with his latest bowling action where he no longer gets to bowl from behind his head -there is no swing at all. Also, he has fared poorly even at death -Delhi should look to bowl his 4 overs on trot when the ball is new and leave the death overs to Umesh and Morne.

  • crikcinfo on April 18, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    I still dont think Sewag would have made a difference in the super over, had he played. First, he is not the usual T20 slogger. He bats according to the merit of the ball, though his dictionary have different definitions for good and bad balls than others. Second, he is not a six hitter. He hits six, but again depending on the ball. He specializes in hitting fours. And if couldn't get the proper balls on his slot, it would have put more pressure on others. However ben rohr still remains a mystery. Mahela is 10 times the batsman than him and have lots of varieties of quality shots.

  • RiznyF on April 18, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    If you take a look at the points table, you could see that the teams with consistent playing XI's have outperformed teams with inconsistent XI's. Last year PW gave all the players in their squad a game and earned the right to be at the bottom of the table. This year DD has taken a liking to this strategy and hence has been the most consistent team in IPL this season. Players seem to be playing for their places in the team rather than a team win. The runrates of certain batsman and the fielding display proves this. In terms of international players selecting Warner, mahela and Morkel is the right decision. They need a batting allrounder for the 4th slot. Given the players current form and the subcontinental conditions, i think Jeevan Mendis is the right choice. However, he and the rest of the XI should be given an assurance that a win is more important and that the XI would be unchanged if they win.

  • VenkyN on April 17, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    I think CSK missed a beat in the last game. The issue at the top of the order was not Hussey. He has generally always played the anchor role and has the ability, character and skill to come out at way better than a run a ball with his overall game if he bats for any length of time. The real pressure on the middle order has been due to Vijay and Raina's failures. They have been poor over the last couple of seasons. The same thing was repeated in the league phase of the IPL last season, with the two of them putting the middle order under pressure more often than not. In addition, the bowling in the first six overs and the death overs has always plagued Chennai, especially when batsmen like Steve Smith and AB De Villiers who move around the crease a lot and try to improvise bat. Here is where the reliance on all-rounders hurts Chennai as they don't really have a couple of bowlers (or even one) who can bowl a consistent yorker length at the death.

  • on April 18, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    we miss KP a lot but mahela is doing well with his captaincy it is upto Viru and warner to get off to a flying start and stick on to the basics right.

  • SL_rockz on April 18, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    CSK will win !! They donot have that habit of long loosing :))))

  • usernames on April 18, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    As far as CSK are concerned, I think they are taking things way too easy. Having both Vijay and Raina in the top may not come off, especially when both seem to be out of form. I'd change the batting order just a bit -

    Hussey, Vijay, Badri, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morris, Ashwin, Ahmed/Rajpoot, Nannes. Just have Badri at #3 and then the hitters galore!

  • SachIsLife24 on April 18, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    A point that has been made to death. Push Sehwag to Number 3. Mahela averages over 40 when he has opened in T20s at a SR of 136 but averages a measly 26 when he doesn't open. Also in 20 innings he has 1 century & 5 fifties as against just 3 fifties in the other 26 innings. Internationals is what I am talking about. Moreover, Sehwag has always been brilliant against spin. High time Mahela opened with Warner & Sehwag came in at Number 3. Also, both DW & VS are in my fantasy team. Both opening calls for some collateral damage owing to Law of Averages :p

  • usernames on April 18, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    I think Delhi ARE playing the wrong XI here. I'd go with Jayawardene, Warner, Unmukt, Van der Merwe, Jadhav, Sehwag, Pathan, Agarkar, Morkel, Nadeem, Umesh. This team has quite a few bowling options and the batting order means Jadhav, Sehwag, and Pathan come at just the right time.

    Someone like Juneja is great if you need some maturity but with Jayawardene, that's a given anyways. The problem with them is that their top order hasn't been in form but there's no solution to that. Get your XI right and you give yourself the best chance to win.

  • acdeepak on April 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I think 6th in a row for DD CSK will be in fire today

  • AbAdvani on April 18, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Problem with DD is that neither their openers nor their opening bowling attack has fired in any of the matches -Unmukt Chand was supposed to take over from Sehwag but he has struggled. Irfan Pathan has lost his swing totally -just look at how Bhuvnesh is getting the ball to swing in contrast -Irfan's bowling action has been changing every year and with his latest bowling action where he no longer gets to bowl from behind his head -there is no swing at all. Also, he has fared poorly even at death -Delhi should look to bowl his 4 overs on trot when the ball is new and leave the death overs to Umesh and Morne.

  • crikcinfo on April 18, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    I still dont think Sewag would have made a difference in the super over, had he played. First, he is not the usual T20 slogger. He bats according to the merit of the ball, though his dictionary have different definitions for good and bad balls than others. Second, he is not a six hitter. He hits six, but again depending on the ball. He specializes in hitting fours. And if couldn't get the proper balls on his slot, it would have put more pressure on others. However ben rohr still remains a mystery. Mahela is 10 times the batsman than him and have lots of varieties of quality shots.

  • RiznyF on April 18, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    If you take a look at the points table, you could see that the teams with consistent playing XI's have outperformed teams with inconsistent XI's. Last year PW gave all the players in their squad a game and earned the right to be at the bottom of the table. This year DD has taken a liking to this strategy and hence has been the most consistent team in IPL this season. Players seem to be playing for their places in the team rather than a team win. The runrates of certain batsman and the fielding display proves this. In terms of international players selecting Warner, mahela and Morkel is the right decision. They need a batting allrounder for the 4th slot. Given the players current form and the subcontinental conditions, i think Jeevan Mendis is the right choice. However, he and the rest of the XI should be given an assurance that a win is more important and that the XI would be unchanged if they win.

  • VenkyN on April 17, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    I think CSK missed a beat in the last game. The issue at the top of the order was not Hussey. He has generally always played the anchor role and has the ability, character and skill to come out at way better than a run a ball with his overall game if he bats for any length of time. The real pressure on the middle order has been due to Vijay and Raina's failures. They have been poor over the last couple of seasons. The same thing was repeated in the league phase of the IPL last season, with the two of them putting the middle order under pressure more often than not. In addition, the bowling in the first six overs and the death overs has always plagued Chennai, especially when batsmen like Steve Smith and AB De Villiers who move around the crease a lot and try to improvise bat. Here is where the reliance on all-rounders hurts Chennai as they don't really have a couple of bowlers (or even one) who can bowl a consistent yorker length at the death.

  • on April 18, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    we miss KP a lot but mahela is doing well with his captaincy it is upto Viru and warner to get off to a flying start and stick on to the basics right.

  • SL_rockz on April 18, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    CSK will win !! They donot have that habit of long loosing :))))

  • usernames on April 18, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    As far as CSK are concerned, I think they are taking things way too easy. Having both Vijay and Raina in the top may not come off, especially when both seem to be out of form. I'd change the batting order just a bit -

    Hussey, Vijay, Badri, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morris, Ashwin, Ahmed/Rajpoot, Nannes. Just have Badri at #3 and then the hitters galore!

  • SachIsLife24 on April 18, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    A point that has been made to death. Push Sehwag to Number 3. Mahela averages over 40 when he has opened in T20s at a SR of 136 but averages a measly 26 when he doesn't open. Also in 20 innings he has 1 century & 5 fifties as against just 3 fifties in the other 26 innings. Internationals is what I am talking about. Moreover, Sehwag has always been brilliant against spin. High time Mahela opened with Warner & Sehwag came in at Number 3. Also, both DW & VS are in my fantasy team. Both opening calls for some collateral damage owing to Law of Averages :p

  • usernames on April 18, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    I think Delhi ARE playing the wrong XI here. I'd go with Jayawardene, Warner, Unmukt, Van der Merwe, Jadhav, Sehwag, Pathan, Agarkar, Morkel, Nadeem, Umesh. This team has quite a few bowling options and the batting order means Jadhav, Sehwag, and Pathan come at just the right time.

    Someone like Juneja is great if you need some maturity but with Jayawardene, that's a given anyways. The problem with them is that their top order hasn't been in form but there's no solution to that. Get your XI right and you give yourself the best chance to win.

  • acdeepak on April 18, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I think 6th in a row for DD CSK will be in fire today

  • aarvindarasu on April 18, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    It is chasing that has taken a toll on CSK's batting...Let Delhi bowl first for an instance, you'll see the consistency unfold by itself.

  • on April 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Plz give to chance jeevan mendis.he is busy player and he can finish well.thanx..

  • shrastogi on April 18, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Today's match would mean one third of matches in the league phase are over. The most impressive team easily been Royals where every player seem to be chipping in. CSK has top order worry but another fact that has compunded the problem is Dhoni's reluctance to bat up. He is the man in form and should bat for maximum overs. If you dont have wickets chasing 60 in last 5 overs would be done successfully only 3-4 times out of 10. On those 3-4 occassions everything that you hit would find boundaries or sail over. Rest would lead to frustration. So Dhoni think over as however good a finisher you are a false step at death would lead to more embarrasment. Bat up as you are man in form. As for Delhi theer are just too many all rorunders. They are also missing Pietersen and fully fit Sehwag. A loss today for them would mean miracle for qualification.

  • Kashif.naqvi on April 18, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Does anybody know either Sehwag will today or not?

  • on April 18, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    however mahela jayawardene is one of the greatest captains in cricket history...i think the only error of the DD team is there are'nt any proper middle order batsman like KP..so kedhar jadhav has to move up the order & give an oppotunity to unmukt chand(replacing manprit juneja)....all the best DD

  • joeberyl on April 18, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    my eleven would be aparajith , vijay , raina , badri , dhoni , jaddu , bravo , albie , morris , ashwin , nannes!!!!!

  • on April 18, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I think today also CSK wont make a big impact against delhi, instead they will use to experiment the team. This is a pre-half, so i think DD will get first win today. CSK can push up delhi to make opponents on lower into trouble.

  • on April 18, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    What a Captain Mahela has been over the years ...... He is a real strategist ....

  • SherjilIslam on April 18, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @ die_hard_fan_of_delhi on (April 18, 2013, 10:11 GMT): I am also a big fan of delhi and agree with you on almost all your points except one that, IK Pathan is much better than your choice of negi/agarkar. The reasons are here: Agarkar and negi are equally mediocre fielder and bowler as is Irfan pathan. Also, pathan is a much better batsman than negi/agarkar. So, in your team, i would just replace negi/agarkar with pathan. Rest of your team is just spot-on.

  • Audit1986 on April 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Hello Daredevils - Where you guys lost? What happen to you? Forget what happened to recent past. Start from first. Today will be your start day. Show some devilish act with CSK. Warner have to concentrate little more. Go DD, Go with Mahela. He will be the key today. Good luck

  • Lasom on April 18, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Mahela is a good captain, but no longer qualifies to be a great T20 batsman. They have suffered more from poor bawling departments. Poor form of Pathan is a concern. They need couple of true all -rounders , good finishers. They are yet heavily dependent on Warner & Mahela for scoring.... Big names doens't necessarily bring great sucess

  • RAJESRH on April 18, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    COME ON DELHI it's the time to DARE.... time for "BREAK-THROUGH" I think this would be the winning combo for todays match. ........ 1.Sehwag, 2.Warner, 3.Juneja, 4.Mahela,5.Jeevan, 6.Kedhar Jadav, 7.Ajit Agarkar, 8.Morkel, 9.Siddarth Kaul, 10.Nadeem, 11.Nehra / Pathan.

    Give chance to Jeevan as a Sub Continental Player. He knows the conditions here. "WARNER & MAHELA- THE ANCHORS." Ajith can hit few runs. Start Bowling with Morkel& Kaul, use Ajith & Nehra in Middle, Nadeem & Jeevan for Spin.

  • Slesh on April 18, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Mahela doesn't have the power himself to score big in the death overs.may be if he is well set in the crease by having a good strike rate at the death overs, he will use his class.but DD needs to have a steady start,not by having 60/3 in first 6 overs but may be 40/0! Shewag and Mahela should open the innings while shewag hitting hard & Mahela keeping one end safe(still having 115+ SR). Warner have the power to hit hard in the later of the innings.so he should come at 1 down. Mendis shold be given the chance to hit some quick runs in the middle overs & Pathan should end the innings. this should be the line up. 1.Mahela 2.Shewag 3.Warner 4.Juneja 5.J Mendis 6.Jadhav 7.Pathan 8.Agarkar 9.Morkel 10.Nadeem 11.Yadav

  • Nike_007 on April 18, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    DD don't have anything to lose and that's why it is the most dangerous team. It is almost out of semis race but can spoil the party of other shaky teams like CSK which is looking over-hyped.

  • adityarox888 on April 18, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    In my opinion I believe that Albie Morkel should be the opener along with Hussey. We should also strengthen our bowling attack - My CSK team (The batting order)- A Morkel, M Hussey, S Raina, MS Dhoni, R Jageja, C Morris/D Bravo, S Anirudh, Dirk Nannes/Ben Hilfenhause, Rajpoot, Imtiaz Ahmed( last two people may know the condition slightly better)

  • dineshtcd on April 18, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Andre Russel and Vander mervwe should be include the delhi team.Also give another chance for Unmukt Chand and irfan pathan should promote no 3 position

  • RAJESRH on April 18, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    COME ON DELHI it's the time to dare.... time for "BREAK-THROUGH" I think this would be the winning combo for todays match. ........ 1.Sehwag, 2.Warner, 3.Juneja, 4.Mahela,5.Jeevan, 6.Naman Ojha, 7.Ajit Agarkar, 8.Morkel, 9.Siddarth Kaul, 10.Nadeem, 11.Nehra. *Give chance to Jeevan as a Sub Continental Player. He knows the conditions here. "WARNER & MAHELA- THE ANCHORS." Ajith can hit few runs. *Start Bowling with Morkel& Kaul, use Ajith & Nehra in Middle, Nadeem & Jeevan for Spin.

  • PMKKR on April 18, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Advantage of making any Indian as a captain will increase the option in changing the overseas player. It looks Mahila is not in a good nick so Sehwag should lead. If Rohrer can bowl 4 overs than droped Nehra, Botha and Chand should be in. Sehwag should atleast contribute two overs.

  • DawnBreaker on April 18, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    I hope it will be a great game! Delhi Daredevils have quite a great team but they are just not getting the correct combination. CSK on the other hand are almost giants. They have a very strong batting and bowling line up. Yes, their opening pace does not say it, but I believe they have the perfect combination of starters, players who can anchor the innings live Hussey and finishers like Bravo, Dhoni etc. On paper Chennai looks stronger but you never know! This is IPL! Delhi may beat the most consistent team in IPL too. I want to see Delhi gaining their first points. But most importantly I want a good, fair and an entertaining game of Cricket. Best of luck Chennai and Dellhi!

  • on April 18, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    I think so guys like anirudha srikanth should be given more chances before writing them off. From csk point of view they should try to score runs at the rate of 6-7 runs per over at the powerplays so that the middle order can capitalise . For DD WARNER & SEHWAG should try to spend some time at the start before exploding.

  • Harish_Sridhar on April 18, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Delhi will come out all guns blazing. The moment CSK bowlers are attacked, they are at sea - be it bowling at death or power-play overs.

    CSK's batting woes are nothing unexpected; as the tournament progresses, they seem to find form. Won't be surprised if they bat first and pile the runs today.

    Ash bowled well against Pune but no wickets to show his efforts. Ash Vs Viru / Warner could be very interesting.

    Viru has lots of points to prove today against the national team captain. Not to forget the so called rivalry between the two.

    All roads lead to a mouth watering prospect. IPL rocks!!

  • on April 18, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Take venu gopala rao, DD. Why Venu is not in XI? If he is not injured ,You can`t explain.That`s why you are losing.Presently,Who is batting better than him,including Sehwag?

  • shahbaz7303 on April 18, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I think dis is the day for DD. give ik pathan at no 3or 4.and select merwe as an overseas player.

  • SherjilIslam on April 18, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils, please include Unmukt Chand in place of juneja. Juneja creates the pressure for coming batsmen by playing too many dot balls. Also, Andre Russel should be playing in the XI in place of Roehrer or Mahela himself.

  • on April 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Aniruda srikkanth is rated as one of the best hitters in the India domestic circuit (not consider the players who have played T20Is for India), but he is not so good against the new ball. He has made some significant contributions for CSK in the past but all those came when he batted in the middle or late order. Send him in the 7th or 8th over, he has the ability to counter attack and improve the run rate through his brutal power hitting.

  • Night_Fury on April 18, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    CSK might get pounding today. DDs are pushed against the wall and we saw a bit of fight from DDs on other day. Unmukt should be given few more chances. Hes better bat than other peps in DD. CSK should drop srikanth. God only knows why he plays? Cant expect everytime Dhoni to take them through. But if i got to predict, i will say DD will win. They r gonna become party spoilers now, now when they have 1% chance of reaching semis.

  • die_hard_fan_of_delhi on April 18, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    I don't know whether the Delhi team is feeling shame or not. but as a fan of Delhi every day I am getting comments from my friend. I am not feeling for that because I still support for DD even if they lost all the 16 matches.as per my understand by watching all the matches up to know is Delhi players not at all taking the game seriously. what a bad innings from Jayewardene on Bangalore. he can't bat at least 1 run per one ball. Please remove juneja from team. we don't need test player for 20-20 matches. please select the following team we don't need irfan in our team. he is the worst fielder in DD team. nehra one of the worst fielders in IPL.sehwag we are feeling shame to say we have a man with 5 with 5 consecutive half-centuries in IPL. My Team: 1.warner 2. sehwag 3.unmakth 4.naman ojha( for better than jhadav) 5.venu gopal 6.jayawardane 7.russel(better fielder) 8.pawan negi/agarakar 9.naddem 10.yadav 11. morkel

  • on April 18, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    I think Mahela Open the Innings with Viru or Warner !! Mahela schould now fire for his Team

  • shantiratnamaj on April 18, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    open the bowling with jEEVAN MENDIS from one end and send him to bat at NO -03 you will certainly win - now that you tried all you know and lost 5 games - pls try this one for my sake - you will win today - Good luck Mahela!

  • on April 18, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Where is our last year's best strike bowler: BEN HILFENHAUS. In today's match CSK should include HIlfenhaus and make him bowl in the first 5 overs alongside Nannes. This combo of Ben & Nannes will definitely get atleast 2 wickets in the first 5 overs

  • on April 18, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Although jadeja has scored runs at a good strike rate but he can't create the panic like dhoni does in the opposition, forcing the fielding captain to bring in his best strike bowlers (who were supoosed to bowl the 18th, 19th or 20th over) to bowl in the middle overs. This forces the fielding captain to go with nonstrike bowlers at the death thereby making it easy for guys like Bravo, Morkel & Jadeja to score heavily in the last 2-3 overs.

  • on April 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    CSK, Drop Vijay. Hussey and Anirudh must open.

  • hkreddy on April 18, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    It is evident from past IPL's that CSK are slow starters.. once they got right combination.. no body can stop them.. come on CSK.... roar like LIONS

  • tittustanley on April 18, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Really csk missing duplesis.waiting to see him in action against rajasthan's match. Openers need to attack in powerplay.no needa worry abt wicket.good luck csk.

  • PerfectTen on April 18, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    It's time DD made some decent outing. Like someone said on the telly, Mahela reacts only to dire situations & that comes almost every time at the fag end when the match seems beyond them. It's of no use if you dominate just a quarter of the match and give it on platter to the opposition the rest of the time. Even the game against RCB was entirely the oppositions' for almost 35 overs and only the self-destructive genius of RCB made it look like a well fought match. They need folks who are spirited like Roelof van der Merwe, Kedar Jadhav & Nadeem and not the likes of Russel, Nehra & at times even Yadav. Can't see a team full of talent and led by Mahela to be so meak. Hope this time they click to WIN.

  • Haleos on April 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Instead of Hussy Vijayi should have been dropped. That cost CSK the match last time around. Dhoni's approach of taking things to the last over is going to bite every now and then. If he was there till he end they would have won but he gets out then it is mostly going to be a loss.

  • kolusu on April 18, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Change the battting order for delhi shewag or warner comes one down not both are openers...because team geeting effect if fell 1st wicket from both of them

  • Blackies on April 18, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    every ipl, CSk not performing well in the first 6 to 7 match, they placed 6th or 7th in the points table. After 8th match, CSK will feel pressure to move up the points table. that makes CSK to perform well.

    for the last 5 edition, No leading run scorer, no maximum wicket taker, but twice champion and 2nd place two times as well

  • on April 18, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Faf tweeted he is on his way to chennai two days ago? is he back will he be playing today?

  • SherjilIslam on April 18, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @ to all those who are wondering why Sehwag didn't come to bat on super-over:"He didn't fielded in the last three overs of RCB innings, so he wasn't eligible to bat in the super over" That's the explanation given by Mahela Jayawardene. But my question to Mahela is why you being himself the captain and one of the best batsmen in the team didn't come to bat and led from the front?????

  • praveekg@gmail.com on April 18, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @ Warun_Sharma - There is no other better captain in CSK other than Dhoni. It is just One Match. Look at his records. His team never missed to make it to the play offs.. These are early jiggles.. It is sure that CSK would reach finals this season.

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 18, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Plz dont give to vineet kulkarni to umpire job.because DD had lost last game with his stupid decisions.

  • on April 18, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    my DD best 11 for CSK 1 Shewag. 2Warner 3jayawardhene 4.K jadhav 5.S kaul 6.R.vd.merwe 7.I pathan.8.A nehra 9.S.nadeem 10.U yadav 11.M morkel

  • thinkgood on April 18, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Hope CSK comes good with desciplined bowling attack and the usual electrifying fielding on the field. CSK should nto change the original batting order at the top. Vijay and Huss/Faf must open and Sir Jadeja does not fit in at number 5. Dhoni should take that position (5) and move Sir Jaddu next below. Please focus CSK. Go CSK !!!!

  • Gagzilla on April 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I think Mahela should to what Sanga did yesterday and give chance to some oversease players I think David warner , Ben Roher,J mendis ,M morkle should play as the 4 overseas players and should give a chance to a player like Venugopal Rao

  • warun_sharma on April 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    My CSK IX is : 1. Michael Hussey( c ) 2. Murali Vijay 3. Subramaniam Badrinath 4. Dwayne Bravo 5. MS Dhoni (wk) 6.Suresh Raina 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Srikkanth Anirudha 9. Ravichandran Ashwin 10. Chris Morris 11. Ben Laughlin

    ( dhoni should step down as the captain, because he fail last outings that pressure effect to his batting also no doubt he is a good captain, but not good as hussey, currently he's captaining best side ever indian cricket produce, but IPL is a deferent story, inform man should always first , look dravid is the best in this season)

  • SathiHussey on April 18, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Drop M.Vijay for few matches after that he will fire surely like last session and need some support for MSD at the end bcoz one man can't win every game. hussey should have to play at least first 10overs. I hope Raina will get some runs today, once he start to score some rune he will be unstoppable, then MSD will finish the game very easily. Ben hilfy should be included today's game, if it happen he wil get Viru and MJ easily. Plz don't give ball to SIR RJ while Warner batting. GO CSK .. Whistle Podu..

  • Paiudupi on April 18, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Today's horoscope is DD will be the winner and their first two points will display in the Points table today. Sorry CSK fans, no chance for CSK. Wait and see how DD is performing today, unbelievable. Warner, Sehwag, will give excellent opening stand, followed by Jaywardene. So, today is DD's day. No one can stop them today.

  • LAKINGSFAN on April 18, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Time for CSK to shun making fun of Jadeja and focus on playing cricket. Hope they don't plan to chase 70 runs in the last 5 overs,again.

  • ladycricfan on April 18, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Dangerous Delhi will start winning soon. Hope it is not today. Should get Warner out early. Ashwin should bowl in power play. We will see a different Vijay today. He is too good a player to miss out so many times. Hussey should be back. Bravo should bat up the order. Go lions. Play fearless cricket and everything will fall into place. CSK win. Vijay MoM.

  • CricketAkshay on April 18, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Don't worry CSK fans. Dhoni will put right his errors and will definitely win it against DD. Anyway, it will be a tough task for the CSK

  • mjrvasu on April 18, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    CSK if winning the toss, should bat first. Even if lose the toss have Bravo bat at least one slot up. They cannot allow chasing a run rate of more than 7.5 per over, otherwise they will struggle. As a team they need to shrug the sluggishness and play with all earnest. It is worth dropping Ashwin who is not at all performing, and include Jakati or some other spinner.

  • ssenthil on April 18, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    CSK haven't batted first in this IPL, let us see, generally this year IPL chasing became much more difficult. Even small chasing is became quite tough!!! This year out of 23 completed matches only 8 time the teams chasing has won 2 has been tie. So it seems batting first is the way to go forward for CSK which is well and truly their preferred method always. But we haven't seen yet CSK batting first this season, I hope today they will.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 18, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    CSK really need to bak Bravo with the bat I hope Dhoni sends him or himself earlier for once probably Bravo because Dhoni is the best finisher Bravo should be given a little time with no pressure because when he fires he fires !

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 18, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    DD should give Andre Russell a shot Mendis has done nothing and Russell adds much more danger to a T20 side.

  • sweetspot on April 18, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    CSK fans need not really worry. They do this all the time - start slow and then bang, bang, bang, get to the top 4. They have a few new players and they're trying a few new things, but the character of the team hasn't changed one bit. They play with a smile but don't let that fool you. This is a team that can be ruthless on a given day. If they really want it, they can get what they want, no problem. The Delhi pitch may actually suit CSK's strokemakers and slow bowlers.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 18, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    At the present their batting is struggling not bowling get Gulam Bodi or Jeewan Mendis in for Rohrer. Bodi was in form in the CLt20(Suggests he can play different varieties of teams). Given the spin heavy department of chennai i might be tempted to play Mendis who prefers spin bowlers than of pacers.Drop Nehra get chand in to strengthen the batting.

    My XI: V Sehwag, D Warner, M Jayawardene,U Chand, J Mendis,M Juneja,K Jadhav, I Pathan, S Nadeem, U Yadhav, M Morkel.

    The 4 th Quota will be managed by Mendis ,Chand, Sehwag,Warner. What DD Needs to do be aggresive from ball 01.

  • on April 18, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Mike hussey, faf du plesis, bravo, and dirk nannes along with dhoni, raina, jadeja, vijay, badrinath, ashwin, and jakati . This willbe the winning squad if csk are the best beasts to prey on their opposition , captain and coach should stick this eleven players until any one is injured or unavailable. Roar CSK

  • Narbavi on April 18, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    DD have to make use of Van Der Merwe, he can serve as their trump card in all departments!!

  • IndCricFan2013 on April 18, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    CSK seems to be caught between keeping wickets and scoring runs. They are playing very depth at batting, so they should be scoring runs. We are lucky to have Faf at the top, main reason why CSK even chased down 200+ runs. Who is going to do that for CSK? It has to be Vijay in the first six. If they are not playing Hussey, then they have to try Albie in opening slot. Anirudh seems to be lost against quality pace bowling. Raina needs to start playing spinners like he used to be. Bravo seems to lost his touch. Bowling too many bad balls, then he is making it up. I thought Ben Laughlin bowled well. He is an option. CSK seems to ignore him for his batting. CSK does not need too many all rounders, when both bowlers and batsman are not performing. Kulasekara is also available for away games, in place Nannes.Ben Hilfenhaus is also there, who can bowl well in first six and Kula could bowl well at death.

  • Ajit_Gupta on April 18, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    DD missed few tricks in last game...Morkel should have been bowling the super over....1. Sahwag and Warner should have opened in super over.....2. Jaya should drop himself from team giving one of the other international to allow a chance since he is in horrible form...Jeevan Mendis is miles ahead of him in T20 format and must be played in place of Jaya....Sanga dropped himself and provided more options to SRH in the last game...now it is time for Jaya to show the same...he is much below the required level....3. Ben Rohrer looked very ordinary and instead Merwe should be played....Merwe is such an exciting talent who can also add to slow bowling department of DD which is overpopulated with pacers and at times he will be handy to change the pace of the game, if required....4. Warner and Irfan should open the innings with Veeru coming only at fall of Warner so that one of the exerinced campaigners is always on crease playing responsibily without wreckless flashes and uppish drives.

  • Ajit_Gupta on April 18, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    The time has come for DD seniors to take the responsibility and not throw the wickets, come what may. They have been playing expansive shots from the start which are proving suicidal to the team. Veeru had shown in the past that if he stays at the wicket for long time he can be dangerous after some time....he needs to be reminded of the importance of him to stay...without playing any dangerous shot for some time before he really rips apart the opposition....In fact it would be a good idea to split Warner and Sahwag to give them sense of responsibility when they are on crease....Irfan Pathan may be asked to come with Warner to open so that he may make use of fielding restrictions in first 6 overs...bringing Juneja at first down is looking a great option as he plays copy book shots giving some stability to the team.Sahwag can come in only at fall of Warner such that one of them is always in the middle to deflate the spririts of opposition....Jaya should only come as a finisher at best...

  • Yoker111 on April 18, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    My 4 Int players for DD and if by chance they do play DD will win. I will bet my life and all my wealth.. My 4 Int players are Mahela, Morkel, Russel and Vander Merve. DD needs to open with Mahela!! If this team is selected they will win and my six sense will prevail!!!!

  • on April 17, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Batting first, should be the best thing for CSK in today's match. Thus the top order can play without any pressure.. Hussey's presence in the top order will definitely add stability. Vijay has to bat with more aggression.

    Nannes definitely will be a big threat to Sehwag. If Viru can survive the new ball, It may be his day. Similarly, Ashwin vs Warner will be interesting.The early Jayawardena comes to bat, better it is for the CSK to halt DD's scoring.

    Since Delhi wicket has got something for the spinners, Jakati may be given an opportunity.The playing eleven expected is

    Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morris, Ashwin, Nannes, Jakati.

    Waiting for the match...

  • on April 17, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    i think hussy very important man for csk.

  • on April 17, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    the best csk team is hussey vijay raina badrinath du plesis dhoni jadeja morris ashwin nannes jakathi

  • catsalive on April 17, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    CSK needs to pull up their socks. Well having said that this is how they have played in all the IPLs and have still made it to the top4. WEll, I would like to see Hussy back at the top.Vijay needs to take more responsibility.

    They have o get 7 per over i the first six and drop the thought that they can manage anything at the end.

    Warner and viru can be dangerous and DD are desperate for a win, so ya its going to be one hec of a match.

    Hope CSK puts up a decent show.

  • Azweer on April 17, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Yesterdays combination was good for CSK, except they dint had an attitude that "I HAVE TO WIN IT FOR THE TEAM"... they were so lethargic that there is a long batting line-up... and their attitude was like, "If not me, the next batsmen wil do". that really hurt the team. Openers have to show their skill instead of boring the powerplay. Especially Vijay-has to come into T20 mind set. Anirudha has the ability to hit the ball harder. he needs more motivation. Raina-needs more confidence, Badri/Nannes-No comments, Dhoni/Albie/Morris cant handle the pressure everytime after top order batting failure. Jaddu-Not a magician everytime. Ashwin needs more wickets or a magical number spell. Any change can be between Albie/Hussey/Faf and Anirudha/Aparajith/Ronit and Nannes/Hilfy/Holder.

  • viru-319-219 on April 17, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Didn't understand the thinking of CSK, If you drop hussey you need to have the likes of tendulkar,sehwag,pieterson,kallis in your line up. Playing albie as a batsman at hussey's cost cannot be even explained, If they wanted to open with anirudha hussey was the best bet as a finisher with Dhoni....... Hope they dont rectify that mistake against DD...VIRU's fan here;)

  • viru-319-219 on April 17, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Best Line up for DD is Sehwag, Warner, Mahela, Chand, J.Mendis, Jadhav, Irfan,Agarkar, Nadeem, Morkel, Umesh................... Waiting for a big score from VIRU

  • amrit4388 on April 17, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    DD XI - V Sehwag , M Jayawardena , M Juneja , U Chand , Kedhar Jadav , I. Pathan , J Botha , A Russell , S Nadeem , M Morkel , U Yadav . I beleive they have bright chance to fight and win against CSK .

    CSK XI - M Hussey , M Vijay , S . Raina , S.Badrinath , MS Dhoni , D Bravo , C . Morris , R.Jadeja , R. Ashwin , D.Nanees , S.Rajpoot

  • philipsmgp on April 17, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    The team combination of CSK was ridiculous against pune. Albie in place of hussey is not accaptabel.Albie's importance in the team is as an All rounder.But in the last match he was played in as a batsman. I would certainly get hussey in the team in place of morris and anirudh in place of vijay.CSK has always had a good think tank but i think they are just getting a bit carried away with too much of all rounders....which is costing them

  • philipsmgp on April 17, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    The team combination of CSK was ridiculous against pune. Albie in place of hussey is not accaptabel.Albie's importance in the team is as an All rounder.But in the last match he was played in as a batsman. I would certainly get hussey in the team in place of morris and anirudh in place of vijay.CSK has always had a good think tank but i think they are just getting a bit carried away with too much of all rounders....which is costing them

  • amrit4388 on April 17, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    DD XI - V Sehwag , M Jayawardena , M Juneja , U Chand , Kedhar Jadav , I. Pathan , J Botha , A Russell , S Nadeem , M Morkel , U Yadav . I beleive they have bright chance to fight and win against CSK .

    CSK XI - M Hussey , M Vijay , S . Raina , S.Badrinath , MS Dhoni , D Bravo , C . Morris , R.Jadeja , R. Ashwin , D.Nanees , S.Rajpoot

  • viru-319-219 on April 17, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Best Line up for DD is Sehwag, Warner, Mahela, Chand, J.Mendis, Jadhav, Irfan,Agarkar, Nadeem, Morkel, Umesh................... Waiting for a big score from VIRU

  • viru-319-219 on April 17, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Didn't understand the thinking of CSK, If you drop hussey you need to have the likes of tendulkar,sehwag,pieterson,kallis in your line up. Playing albie as a batsman at hussey's cost cannot be even explained, If they wanted to open with anirudha hussey was the best bet as a finisher with Dhoni....... Hope they dont rectify that mistake against DD...VIRU's fan here;)

  • Azweer on April 17, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Yesterdays combination was good for CSK, except they dint had an attitude that "I HAVE TO WIN IT FOR THE TEAM"... they were so lethargic that there is a long batting line-up... and their attitude was like, "If not me, the next batsmen wil do". that really hurt the team. Openers have to show their skill instead of boring the powerplay. Especially Vijay-has to come into T20 mind set. Anirudha has the ability to hit the ball harder. he needs more motivation. Raina-needs more confidence, Badri/Nannes-No comments, Dhoni/Albie/Morris cant handle the pressure everytime after top order batting failure. Jaddu-Not a magician everytime. Ashwin needs more wickets or a magical number spell. Any change can be between Albie/Hussey/Faf and Anirudha/Aparajith/Ronit and Nannes/Hilfy/Holder.

  • catsalive on April 17, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    CSK needs to pull up their socks. Well having said that this is how they have played in all the IPLs and have still made it to the top4. WEll, I would like to see Hussy back at the top.Vijay needs to take more responsibility.

    They have o get 7 per over i the first six and drop the thought that they can manage anything at the end.

    Warner and viru can be dangerous and DD are desperate for a win, so ya its going to be one hec of a match.

    Hope CSK puts up a decent show.

  • on April 17, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    the best csk team is hussey vijay raina badrinath du plesis dhoni jadeja morris ashwin nannes jakathi

  • on April 17, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    i think hussy very important man for csk.

  • on April 17, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Batting first, should be the best thing for CSK in today's match. Thus the top order can play without any pressure.. Hussey's presence in the top order will definitely add stability. Vijay has to bat with more aggression.

    Nannes definitely will be a big threat to Sehwag. If Viru can survive the new ball, It may be his day. Similarly, Ashwin vs Warner will be interesting.The early Jayawardena comes to bat, better it is for the CSK to halt DD's scoring.

    Since Delhi wicket has got something for the spinners, Jakati may be given an opportunity.The playing eleven expected is

    Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morris, Ashwin, Nannes, Jakati.

    Waiting for the match...

  • Yoker111 on April 18, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    My 4 Int players for DD and if by chance they do play DD will win. I will bet my life and all my wealth.. My 4 Int players are Mahela, Morkel, Russel and Vander Merve. DD needs to open with Mahela!! If this team is selected they will win and my six sense will prevail!!!!