Bangalore, Sep 21: After a jittery start, Chennai Super Kings will look for a turnaround to get their campaign back on track when they take on South African team Dolphins in a Group A match of the Champions League T20 (CLT20) here tomorrow.
CSKi had lost their opening encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders with Andre Russell and Ryan ten Doeschate smashing half centuries for the winners. The two-time IPL champions' top four batsmen - Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessiss - failed to make an impression, and they would hope for a better outing.
For any side to register a win, it is necessary for the openers to give a good start, and Smith and McCullum are well aware of it. They would like to make amends by giving a platform for the explosive Raina and the dogged Du Plessis, to score freely, something they could not do against the Knight Riders after Chennai were struggling at 49 for two in 6.4 overs.
Bravo, who missed this IPL season, proved his mettle along with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, stitching together a useful a partnership with knock of 28 and 35 respectively. They would like to carry the momentum against Dolphins. Ravindra Jadeja, who sat in the dugout throughout the Chennai innings, would be eager to show his all-round prowess by getting some hit in the middle.
Not only the batsmen disappointed the Chennai fans, but their bowling too lacked discipline except for seamer Ashish Nehra, who was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 4 for 21. The Delhi bowler, who also was on the verge of a hat-trick, would be eager to do a repeat and bring the smile back on Chennai's dugout.
He had accounted for the wickets of KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey and Manvinder Bisla. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja would like to improve upon their bowling after returning with expensive economy rate of 12.50 and 10.33 per over.
Their wayward bowling helped Kolkata to turn the tables after they were reeling at five for 51 in nine overs. On the other hand, Dolphins are a team made of many little-known faces, except for Kyle Abbot and skipper Morne van Wyk. The South African side has players such as Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport and Keshav Maharaj, who are not big names in world cricket and they would surely like to leave an impression.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, R Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, John Hastings, Brendon McCullum, Samuel Badree, Francois Du Plessis. Coach: Stephen Fleming
Dolphins: Morne Nico Van Wyk (captain), Daryn Smit (wicketkeeper), Daryn Miles Dupavillon, Cody Chetty, Vaughn Bernard Van Jaarsveld, Khayelihle Zondo, Robert Frylinck, Kyle John Abbott, Craig John Alexander, Jonathan David Vandiar, Keshav Athmanand Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Cameron Scott Delport, Andile Lucky Phehlukwayo, Bongumusa Sibonelo Makhanya. Coach: Lance Klusener
Match starts 8 PM IST
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