IPL 5: Star Performers of Chennai Super Kings

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Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 13:34 [IST]
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IPL 5: Players to watch out for in CSK

Chennai, Apr 12: Royal Challengers Bangalore is all set to take on Chennai Super Kings in the 13th match of the fifth season of Indian Premier League at M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Here is a look at the key players of Chennai Super Kings, as they play their crucial match today.

Chennai's strength depends on bowling as they have variety in their bowling attack. Doug Bollinger, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo being the key players.

The million dollar boy, Ravindra Jadeja has lived up to the expectations so far, as he is the maximum wicket-taker for Chennai Super Kings this season, more over he shoulders the team's batting as well. With 64 runs to his credit off three matches, he is the third highest run scorer for Chennai behind Suresh Raina (69) and Dwayne Bravo (84).

Jadeja's all-round performance has added strength to Chennai Super Kings' team as he has the ability to change the result of the game at any juncture with his effective bowling as he turned the match in Chennai's favour with a fantastic 5/16 against Deccan Chargers in Vishakapatnam on April 7, 2012. He is the highest wicket-taker for Chennai in IPL 5 with five wickets.

Doug Bollinger, the fiery pacer, has been helping the team to defend the totals though he has not been very effective in giving them breakthroughs. With 32 scalps off 24 matches, has been impressive since his IPL debut in 2010.

R Ashwin, has been the fourth highest wicket-taker for Chennai in IPL from 2008 to 2012 with 36 wickets, hasn't been very effective this year as he is yet to add to the existing tally of 36. But on his day, he might prove dangerous. Playing at home, he can be very effective. A player to watch out for.

Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies allrounder, has been at the peak this year, delivering stellar performances this season. The highest run scorer for Chennai, has been very consistent for the team this season.

Bravo, who was associated with Mumbai Indians for the first few years, represented Chennai in 2011, and has 7 wickets to his credit having played 9 matches including three matches this season. He is also a match winner as he can change the game at any point of time, useful with the bat and ball.

With 4-5 match-winners in the team, MS Dhoni's men are lacking consistency, as they have lost 2 matches out of the three played this season. Playing their fourth match agaisnt RCB at home, they look to get their momentum back but playing at home would have raised a few issues as they lost the tournament opener to Mumbai at Chennai and there were remarks about the pitch offered. The pitch will be under scanner even today but the onus will be on how players adapt to home conditions.


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