Chennai: Chennai Super Kings’ might have got their confidence back after a narrow win in their last match but their chances of making the knockout stages still remain a distant dream as they prepare to take on leaders Delhi DareDevils in a crucial match here on Saturday.
The four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday came as a massive boost for the two-time defending champions, who are placed fourth in the table with 13 points with six wins and an equal number of losses from their 13 matches so far.
Even a win against Delhi would not be enough for Chennai to guarantee a place in the playoffs as five teams — Delhi DareDevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab —- have a very bright chance of making the next grade.
The DareDevils enjoy the top position with 18 points after playing 12 matches. Delhi had emerged victorious the last time the two teams met. But given that the match will be a home game for Chennai, a tough encounter could be expected.
Home conditions and fans support will go in favour of Chennai, who boast of a better batting line up on paper. Chennai’s bowlers have also provided a steady performance and have performed to their potential by restricting the rival batsmen.
However, they may find the going tough against the Delhi batting line-up. Delhi are ruling the roost thanks to some consistent performances by captain Virender Sehwag.
Even though Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardane and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor have not been among the runs, Australian David Warner has ensured the team do not lack the firepower in their batting.
If Sehwag, Jayawardane, Taylor and Warner fire in unison and post a solid total, Delhi’s bowlers would hold the edge. (PTI)