Saturday, May 10, 2008
Start time 20.00 (local), 14.30 (GMT)
The Big Picture
Chennai and Punjab clashed for the first time in the second match of the Indian Premier League and a century from Michael Hussey ensured that the match was a no-contest. Since then Punjab have hit a formidable run of form, and are on a five-match winning streak, while Chennai took a beating after their top performers left. Punjab’s strength lies in their contingent of effective Indian bowlers - Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, VRV Singh and Piyush Chawla - which allows them to pack their top order with quality international batsmen to complement Yuvraj Singh.
Chennai suffered three consecutive defeats before they were able to fine-tune their combination after the departures of Matthew Hayden, Hussey and Jacob Oram and beat the Delhi Daredevils. They restructured their batting order: dropping Parthiv Patel, who had scored 96 in seven innings, and opening with S Vidyut. They also promoted their best batsmen - Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Albie Morkel - to No. 3 and No. 5 respectively with Suresh Raina at No 4. The changes gave Chennai’s batting solidity at the top and the tinkering was vindicated as they chased down 188.
Chennai Super Kings P8, W5, L3, NRR -0.001
Kings XI Punjab P7, W5, L2, NRR +0.442
IPL form (last five matches)
Chennai Super Kings: WLLLW
Kings XI Punjab: WWWWW
Watch out for …
Chennai made three changes to their line-up against Delhi: they left out Parthiv, Joginder Sharma and Makhaya Ntini and replaced them with medium-pacers Lakshmipathy Balaji, Palani Amarnath and Chamara Kapugedera, a Sri Lankan international flown in over the weekend as a late addition to the squad. They are not facing any fitness issues and are unlikely to change their combination unless the pitch forces it.
Chennai Super Kings: 1 S Vidyut, 2 Stephen Fleming, 3 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), 4 Suresh Rania, 5 Albie Morkel, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 S Badrinath, 8 Manpreet Gony, 9 Palani Amarnath, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Kumar Sangakkara is still unfit and will not be able to play against Chennai. Yuvraj said that Sangakkara would need a week to recover which means that Punjab are likely to field the same international players: Marsh, James Hopes, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Mahela Jayawardene.
Kings XI Punjab: 1 Shaun Marsh, 2 James Hopes, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 5 Mahela Jayawardene, 6 Irfan Pathan, 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Uday Kaul (wk), 9 Gagandeep Singh, 10 Sreesanth, 11 VRV Singh.
Stats and trivia
“It’s all the in the past and how we play well tomorrow is what matters. Initially, we took time to get used to each other. After we lost the first two games, we sat down and assigned roles to each player and worked out a strategy. We have a fairly good combination now.”
Source:Cricket NewsMore on:Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Irfan Pathan, Kings XI Punjab, Michael Hussey, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, VRV Singh, Yuvraj Singh
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