Challenger's challenge Chennai's superstardom

Published: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 12:39 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The second semifinal of Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore today at Wanderers.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni"s Chennai Super Kings so far performed well in the tournament and secured second place at points table.

Bangalore was one of the two bottom placed teams in the first edition and have done a remarkable job this season.


Under the inspiring leadership Anil Kumble, Royal Challengers Bangalore have transformed into a new side and did wonders to qualify for semis.

Hayden has not shown any respect to any bowlers and with his powerful and sensible batting. He single handedly romped Chennai home in some matches.

The Raina is a precious asset for the team with his all round abilities. With bat, he is in good touch right from the start of the tournament and also did a remarkable job with the ball.

Dhoni, the skipper with midas touch, has also found his rhythm, shrugging off the initial lean patch.

Bangalore had kept themselves in the hunt after overwhelming Chennai when the two teams contested on May 14 but to do an encore they will have to play out of their skins.

Muttiah Muralitharan gives Chennai attack an edge and handling of the wily off-spinner would have a bearing on the fortunes of the Bangalore side.

Ross Taylor has played a significant role in re-shaping the Bangalore campaign and the Kiwi batsman will have to shoulder the burden yet again though Manish Pandey has been a revelation of sorts for them.

The young batsman must be a picture of confidence after smashing a century in the match against Deccan Chargers.

Bangalore top-order has been inconsistent and it has to fire in tomorrows clash. One of the top-three batsman has to bat through the innings and Jacques Kallis has shown that he can do that.

But the key is to stop Chennai to as low a score as possible. Kumble will have to use all his experience and use his resources skilfully. Praveen Kumar and Kallis, if he recovers from the knee injury, have enormous responsibility on their shoulders.


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