Chennai look to regain focus

Chennai look to regain focus

Chennai Super Kings would focus on sealing their playoff berth after an abrupt loss when they take on a lowly Delhi Daredevils in their own den in a IPL match here on Tuesday.

The Daredevils, already out of contention for a berth in the play-offs, have only pride to play for against the mighty opponents.

Chennai with 10 victories and four losses from 14 matches have virtually advanced to the play-off stage of the tournament.

Their form took a bit of a tumble when they suffered a five-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.

Chasing 142 for a win, the Royals lost three wickets inside five overs before Shane Watson played a blistering knock of 70 off just 34 balls to end the match in dramatic fashion with 17 balls to spare.

It must have come as a wake-up call for the CSK, but they are expected to bounce back given the presence of high-profile and in-form players in their ranks. Except for a few losses, CSK haven’t put a foot wrong. The batting line-up comprising Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the envy of other IPL outfits.

In the bowling department, the team boasts of the likes of Albie Morkel, Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo. All of them have done their bit and would be quite a handful for the Delhi batsmen.  On the other hand, the Daredevils, placed second-last in the points table with as many as 10 defeats from 13 games have nothing to lose.

Given the current scenario, they can play without any pressure. There is no burden of expectations on the misfiring batsmen and the out-of-sorts bowlers. They now can just go on to play party-poopers. 

Delhi’s top order has failed for inexplicable reasons. Neither Virender Sehwag nor captain Mahela Jayawardene have lived up to their reputations. Australian left-hander David Warner is the only one who has done his bit. Jayawardene will be missing Tuesday’s game, with Sri Lankans barred from playing in Chennai.

The promising players in Unmukt Chand and Ben Rohrer have also failed to make an impression. As far as their bowling is concerned, they have not been able to fire in unison. The likes of Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav and Shahbaz Nadeem need to come up with splendid performances.

The fans would only pray to the weather gods to keep the rains away as there is a cyclone threat looming large.

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