Deccan Chargers who finished almost last in the points table last year now for season two they are leading the points table sitting pretty well with six points from three win out of three games they have played. They start as favorites when they take on struggling last year runners-up Chennai Super Kings.
Last year Deccan Chargers struggled to deliver with bat and bowl together but in IPL twenty20 season two they are doing well with bat and bowl together. Likes of H.Gibbs, A.Glichrist and Rohit Sharma played really well to post respectable total on the board or chase down the target with ease. Top order batting has been backed by the efforts of R.P.Singh, P.Ojha and F.Edwards who have not only picked wickets at crucial time but also manage to control the opposition run rate by some accurate bowling.
From Chennai Super Kings point of view the game against Deccan Chargers is really important for them and they would like to make big statement by beating in-form Deccan Chargers. Chennai Super Kings is also get big set back after Andrew Flintoff ruled out of IPL season two due to ankle injury, however in the absence of Flintoff they will rely on Jacob Oram to deliver for them.
The main worry of concern for Chennai Super Kings is their middle order since they didn’t capitalize on the start given by their openers and that’s why they defeated by Delhi Daredevils. Rain also played spoilsport in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders as the game was abandoned without a single ball bowled and both team end up with sharing a point each.
For Deccan Chargers R.P.Singh is in prime form and with his current form he would like to continue this for as long as possible by keeping twenty20 World Cup selection in mind. In batting department A.Gilchrist and H.Gibbs looks in superb touch and they have given their team a flying start in each and every game they have played so far.
For Chennai M.Hayden lead the table for highest run accumulator in the tournament for his team and it will be of no surprise if he came out all guns blazing against Deccan Chargers in-form bowlers.
Deccan Chargers looks settled with their playing XI and they don’t want to tinker with their winning lineup. On the other hand Chennai Super Kings might think of playing additional spinner in place of Joginder Sharma and with A.Flintoff already out of IPL due to ankle injury another all-rounder Jacob Oram will play in place of Flintoff.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 16:00 PM India Time on 27th Of April)
Chennai Super Kings: Parthiv Patel, Matthew Hayden, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), Albie Morkel, Jacob Oram, S Badrinath, Joginder Sharma, L Balaji, Manpreet Gony, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Deccan Chargers: Adam Gilchrist (Captain/WK), Herschelle Gibbs, Dwayne Smith, Rohit Sharma, VVS Laxman, Venugopal Rao, Ravi Teja, Harmeet Singh, Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh, Fidel Edwards.