About the Match
The pitch at Abu Dhabi proved to be a batsman’s paradise and bowler’s nightmare as Chennai Super Kings failed to defend their remarkable total of 205 runs against Kings XI and lost the match by 6 wickets. The shocking defeat would surely have wounded the team spirit but they will look to bounce back in the next match against Delhi Daredevils at Abu Dhabi on 21st Apr. Delhi did extremely well to put an end to their dry spell and winning a thrilling contest against KKR by 4 wickets; they will surely go up against CSK with greater enthusiasm now that they have opened their points tally. The contest will be very interesting as both sides have talented resources, turning the match in their favor even in crunch situations; Abu Dhabi waits for another exciting match here.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK got off to a thunderous start with McCullum and Smith posting a 123-run opening partnership that was boosted further by Raina and Dhoni to set a massive total of 205. However, Punjab belittled this total against the CSK bowlers with ease as Maxwell took the team safely home. The team has a formidable batting line-up with in-form players like Dwayne Smith, McCullum, Plessis, Raina, Dhoni Bravo and the all-rounder Jadeja. The bowling also seems to be effective with Nehra, Ashwin and Smith intimidating the batsmen time and again even in the high scoring match against Punjab; however, they must be careful not to leak too many runs. Delhi will have several surprises up their sleeved and they cannot take anything for granted here; the fielding needs improvement and they must try to unsettle the batsmen. The bowlers need to have strategy for each opponent and the field should respond to the cause of the team; overall, they look confident to bounce back here.
Delhi Dare Devils
It was a phenomenal performance by JP Duminy, who kept his calm and went for the big shots during the chase for 167 runs; with a good start provided by Dinesh Karthik and Mayank Agarwal the team had to face many hiccups on the way. While the captain led from the front in a crucial situation, posting 56 off 40 balls, Duminy smashed away fours and sixes to score an unbeaten 52 off 35 deliveries to take his team safely home with 3 balls to spare. Taylor struggled against spin and Vijay once again failed to contribute; they need to come out all guns blazing with the bat against Chennai, who are proven hard-hitters. Earlier, it was Shami and Coulter-Nile, who provided the early breakthroughs and looked good to restrict the opponents; however, the last few overs proved costly and they had a huge total to face. Duminy and Karthik are in great form with the bat whereas the bowlers need to repeat their performance though a little more discipline is required to contain the opponents. The team has received a major boost with this win and they will be eager to keep the winning momentum going.
CSK will be hungry to open their account here, having lost their first match whereas team Delhi will look to surge ahead with another win. No team can take anything for granted in this format and while we expect a keen contest ahead; CSK would have studied their opponents well to strategize and come up trumps against Delhi.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.57 @ TitanBet