About the Match
The Chennai Super Kings have a good record in the IPL and as season 8 gets underway, the team is looking strong as ever to be the side to beat here; CSK will face Delhi Daredevils on 9th April at Chennai. The visitors will be eager to make a head start this time around with a team that brings a lot of promise with key match-winners in their side; Super Kings have the home advantage and the cricket fans will be there to cheer their teams on Thursday night. It surely has all the ingredients to be an entertainer all through and the match may go down to the wire if the hard-hitters from both sides deliver the goods.
Chennai Super Kings
Dhoni’s leadership skills are the strongest asset of the team, which consists of sure shot performers like Brendon McCullum, who will come back with a bang, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Smith and the experienced Michael Hussey. They form a strong batting line-up however most of the players have not had much to time to recover from the long and tiring world cup challenge. They will need to mix and match the strengths of the individual players so as to get the maximum results in the long run. Although without Irfan Pathan for the first game, the bowling unit is looking strong with their pace attack in the form of Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Kyle Abbott, Matt Henry and Irfan Pathan while R Ashwin and Jadeja looking good to handle the spin magic once again. They have plenty of all-rounders who can be steady finishers either in setting a target or in a crucial chase; players like Dwayne Bravo, Jadeja, Mithun Manhas, McCullum and Plessis will play an important role if the opponents succeed in getting the better of the batting line-up. Overall, the team is positioned strongly to be a formidable force to reckon with right from the first game.
The squad will be led by JP Duminy, who has time and again proven his skills with bat and ball guiding his team back in South Africa to taste success several times; he has performed well in the recent games too on the international platform and will be raring to go as the captain of the Daredevils. Mohammad Shami was stupendous in the world cup, taking 17 wickets in total, and will be crucial to their pace attack here; other established bowlers like Zaheer Khan, Albie Morkel and Nathan Coulter-Nile will add the depth to the squad. Imran Tahir has been excellent with his wicket taking consistency and with the spin attack will provide the much needed breakthroughs; they also have Amit Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Gurinder Sandhu and Jaydev Unadkat to provide the variety in the bowling composition. Yuvraj Singh will be one of the leading batsmen in the team and will be eager to prove himself once again; Marcus Stoinis, Angelo Mathews and the flamboyant Quinton de Kock will be strong assets for the team, which looks to rejuvenate itself and be among the top spot holders this season.
The Daredevils have surely reconstituted the team with fresh vigor and while they will give a tough challenge to Dhoni and his men, Chennai Super Kings will enjoy the support of the home crowd and is better placed to win the first encounter on Thursday.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.40 @ TitanBet