Do-or-die for Deccan

Today the Deccan Chargers take on the Chennai Super Kings in a do-or-die affair. With  only 5 points in 9 games, DC need to buck up and win as there are only 7 games more to face, and they cannot afford to lose even 1 of them if they want an assured semifinal berth. They will be happy to see skipper Kumar Sangakkara and vice-captain Cameron White in such good form after their encounter against the Pune Warriors. CSK, on the other hand, come from back-to-back losses against the Kings XI Punjab and the Kolkata Knight Riders, and will be low on confidence. Their batting has been heavily reliant on South African Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina. However, Raina hasen’t been in best of forms this IPL, despite being the first player in DLF IPL to cross 2,000 runs. However, Faf has been batting brilliantly this tournament, and is CSK’s only representative in  the top 20 for the Orange Cap standings. Their golden bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has not been threatning to the batsmen, despite having best individual economy rate of the tournament (6.44). In last year’s IPL, Ashwin was containing Chris Gayle, who won the Orange Cap last year. This year, however, when CSK met RCB, Ashwin was clobbered at 10-per-over by Mayank Agarwal. In the past, CSK were known for getting very average scores, but defending them ferociously. Now CSK’s bowling has simply not been up to the mark. Their highest representative in the Purple Cap standings is Doug Bollinger, who is 22nd on the list. As for DC, they really have to be better on the field. Dale Steyn is their lone bright spot in the bowling, and if you look at the number of catches they dropped, you’d wonder how they beat Pune. So the match will be screening at 8:00 PM IST. Adios 😉

The South African clash- Faf du Plessis vs Dale Steyn