Bangalore, Sep 26: Left disappointed after their Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 was washed off without a single ball being bowled against Lahore Lions, Chennai Super Kings would be looking to shut out Perth Scorchers tomorrow to book their last-four spot. But again, rain threat looms over the match.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team stays on second spot with six points in three games, after getting two from yesterday's match, while Lahore had registered their first points on board after losing their opening encounter to table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chennai had lost their first match against KKR before defeating the South African T20 champions Nashua Dolphins, who are winless from their two games. While Kolkata already qualifying from Group A, Scorchers have one win and a loss in their two games played.
Lahore and Dolphins will really have to play out of their skins in their respective matches to hope for a turnaround in fortunes. Dhoni would like to see the in-form Suresh Raina, who blazed his way to a 43-ball 90 against Dolphins, to continue with his blitzkrieg and make Chennai's case stronger to storm into the knockout stage.
Chennai, who blazed their way to set an imposing 242 for six in 20 overs against Dolphins, would love to exploit the placid Chinnaswamy pitch against the Australian side. The West Indian and Chennai T20 opener Dwayne Smith, who had a pretty good season last IPL, would like to make amends as he had failed to make any impression with his bat in the last two matches.
However, Brendon McCullum found his groove by hammering a quickfire 49, which gave a launching pad for Raina and Co. to post a massive total for Dolphins to chase. McCullum and Smith would also look to join the party after failing to contribute much in earlier matches.
However, the weather forecast for Bengaluru is not good. There are chances of thunderstorms and rain during the match, which will keep both captains worried ahead of this crucial encounter.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper) Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, John Hastings, Samuel Badree, Mithun Manhas. Coach: Stephen Fleming
Perth Scorchers: Adam Voges (captain), Ashton Agar,Yasir Arafat, Michael Beer, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, Joel Paris, Craig Simmons, Ashton Turner and Sam Whiteman. Coach: Justin Langer
Match starts 8 PM IST. Also playing at the same venue on Saturday at 4PM, Dolphins Vs Lahore Lions
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