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Will confident Dhoni and CSK knock Delhi out?

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:23 [IST]
 
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Chennai, May 24: MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings are back. Delhi Daredevils watch out! The way Dhoni powered the defending champions past Mumbai Indians on Wednesday night in Bangalore, any team will start fearing the Indian captain's ability. Chennai are just one game away from making their fourth final. Backed by home support on Friday night, they will try to knock another heavyweight of this season, Delhi out, in Qualifier 2.

Delhi, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 1, have another chance to reach the final. But after Chennai's performance, they too be worried as to how to tackle the home team.Delhi, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 1, have another chance to reach the final. But after Chennai's performance, they too be worried as to how to tackle the home team.

Will Dhoni and CSK knock Delhi out?

Delhi too are an all-round side. The clash appears to be among the equals. But Chennai will hold slight edge, playing at home and with loads of confidence behind them after knocking Mumbai out.

The contest will be between Delhi's big bats versus Chennai bowling. Though it could be other way around too with Delhi also possessing good pace attack and Chennai boasting of fine batters.

Chennai might have to rethink on playing opener Murali Vijay. He has had tough time entire IPL 5. It is better to think of some other batsman instead of this right-hander at the top of the order.

For Delhi, many felt that they lacked a spinner on Pune surface. Going in with three seamers did not help their cause. With Chennai wicket also being slow, they might have to include left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem.

Will Dhoni inspire another Chennai success on Friday night or Virender Sehwag and his legion get the better of the home team?

Squads:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Srikkanth Anirudha, George Bailey, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Yo Mahesh, Albie Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Faf du Plessis, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sudeep Tyagi, K Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh.

Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (captain), David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, K. Venugopala Rao, Aaron Finch, Unmukt Chand, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Naman Ojha, Ajit Agarkar, Andre Russell, Yogesh Nagar, Doug Bracewell, Umesh Yadav, Punit Bisht, Robin Bist, Avishkar Salvi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sunny Gupta, Varun Aaron, Prashant Naik, Vikas Mishra, Zafir Patel, Kuldeep Raval, Manpreet Juneja, Glenn Maxwell, Gulam Bodi, Pawan Negi and Tejaswi Yadav.

Match starts at 8PM IST

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Story first published:  Thursday, May 24, 2012, 15:05 [IST]
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