About the Match
Having lost their sixth match against a superior and tactful Rajasthan Royals 2 days before, Delhi will go up against Chennai Super Kings at Feroz Shah Kotla ground, Delhi on 5th May. Dominating the proceedings against all teams alike and jointly sharing the top of the table with Kings XI with 10 points from 6 matches, Chennai is in very good form whereas the Daredevils are going in after a defeat on home ground with 4 points from 6 matches. Delhi needs to identify the weak points of the opposition to find winning ways if they want to stay put in the race; it’ll be interesting to see which team emerges victorious.
The last match they won was against Mumbai Indians where they had a low target of 125 runs which they won handsomely with 7 balls to spare and 6 wickets in hand; Pietersen, Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock provided the required push for the win against Mumbai but the same combination could not defend the target of 152 against a disciplined Royals in the last game. The Devils are wanting in ideas to create pressure situation for the opponent to go defensive; their batsmen are not consistent and bowlers are not delivering when it matters. Now they have an opposing team of Dhoni and his men, who have a fierce top order, scattering the fielders all over and an attacking bowling supremacy that can be a night mare to the batsmen. The Daredevils need to consolidate their batting capabilities and post a much more challenging total if they bat first or the bowlers, Shami and Unadkat should plan much better ways to dislodge the top order for the success of the team.
Chennai Super Kings
The team is on a winning roll, having lost only the opener and learning lessons from that match, they have grown from strength to strength, convincingly devastating the opponents with impunity. A rain effected match of 17 overs at Ranchi did not deter Dhoni and his team to blast from the start and set a target of over 8 runs per over, which KKR could not achieve. A half century blistering knock off 40 balls by McCullum, establishing a decent partnership with Smith initially and later with Raina and Dhoni, sealed the match. As if that was not enough, Jadeja with such a good knick, who took 4 of the KKR wickets, demolished the opposition top order; Mohit with his medium pace, also followed suit with 3 wickets which was enough for them to choke the throat of KKR in-spite of a superb knock by Utthappa. The story must be much simpler against the Daredevils, with the CSK line up in such a good form and the players performing in all departments of the game as a cohesive team.
While Delhi is on its back foot here after its recent defeat, Chennai seems to be on fire and will be a difficult team to beat. Home ground or away, it doesn’t matter much to the mighty Super Kings and their knowledge of how to win a match in any given each situation at hand, surely makes them favorites here.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.57 @ TitanBet