Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chennai Super Kings face Pune Warriors at home

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Chennai has played nine matches and lost just two. With the best win loss ratio so far, Chennai rests on the first position in the points table. The two losses that came to Chennai were against Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors. The latter being one of the weakest teams this year gave a shock to MS Dhoni when CSK lost to Pune Warriors. It was a blessing in disguise because CSK bounced back really hard after that loss and won five matches on the trot.

The recent win for CSK came against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders which almost seemed like a repeat of last year's IPL final. The only difference was the outcome of the match. CSK won by 14 runs and that was a real high scoring game.
A win against Pune will strengthen CSK's top position in the IPL points table
On the other hand Pune Warriors have been on a losing track since the start. They have managed only two wins so far and their hopes of reaching the play offs look impossible from hereon. After a nightmare match against Royal Challengers Bangalore where Gayle literally hammered Pune's bowling attack, Delhi Daredevils defeated Pune Warriors. And now they face a daunting task of facing table toppers Chennai Super Kings.

Aaron Finch has shown some character as he scored couple of half centuries and tried to lead the team towards wins. Steve Smith has provided a bit of good support to Finch. But two home stars Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh need to contribute more with the bat. Bowling wise this team has to utilise Yuvraj Singh more. He could be a good support to Rahul Sharma in the bowling department. Apart from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, none of the other quickies have been impressive this year.

For Chennai Super Kings, two men are winning the matches single handedly and they are Michael Hussey and MS Dhoni. The latter takes care of the finishing moves with his towering sixes and the Australian Hussey effectively handles the opening part of the innings. If Raina, Vijay and Badrinath can contribute more, this team would be unbeatable. Bowling is under-performing from last few matches as a lot of unnecessary runs are leaked which may turn fatal for the team in upcoming matches.

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