CSK: 4 Key Players to watchout for in IPL 2019

CSK: 4 Key Players to watchout for in IPL 2019

Chennai Super Kings won their third IPL season last year when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the finals in 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

However, CSK might struggle to replicate their form this season, as many of their buys are at the fag end of their careers. Cricketers like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Dwayne Bravo, and even MS Dhoni are no more at their prime and hence they might struggle to get going in 2019.

Here are the 4 key players to watch out for.

MS Dhoni

CSK: 4 Key Players to watchout for in IPL 2019
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Dhoni had a brilliant IPL last season where he finished with a stunning average of 75.83. He is coming into the tournament after playing some crucial knocks in Australia and New Zealand and that will give him and his team some boost heading into the IPL. Though the former skipper is a shade of his former self in the format, even getting dropped from the T20I side that faced Australia, Dhoni’s presence in the IPL has often had a calming influence on his teammates and his fans would hope that he can do an encore and get some form behind him heading into the World Cup.

Also Read: KKR – 4 players to watch out for

Ambati Rayudu

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Rayudu’s form will be very crucial for CSK in 2019. Last season, the team was buoyed by the brilliant run of their openers – Rayudu and Watson – and he will be expected to provide his team with some handy starts again this season.

The former Mumbai Indians player scored 602 runs in 16 matches last season at an average of 43 for CSK. He ended with a strike-rate of 149.75 and even smashed a ton in the edition.

Rayudu will be eager to seize the opportunity and grab his spot in the World Cup team with a solid showing in the Indian T20 event.

Kedar Jadhav

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Jadhav was retained by CSK despite playing just one match for the franchise last season. The player who formerly played for Royal Challengers Bangalore was bought by CSK for 7.8 crores INR in 2018, but an injury cut short his tournament last year. However, he has done well for Team India whenever an opportunity has presented itself. His part-time spin can be quite handy on the slow tracks at Chepauk, and his batting is sure to hold him in good stead too. With the gradual decline of the previous CSK match-winners, Jadhav’s all-round skills will be crucial in the success of the team.

Also, the player will want to carry forward his international form and hope he can get some momentum ahead of the World Cup.

Dwayne Bravo

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Bravo has been CSK’s biggest match-winner for CSK, making key contributions match-after-match. However, the 35-year old has not been playing consistently and had a below-par season for the team last year, where he could just score 142 runs. Though he did pick up 14 wickets, he was on the expensive side. Even for his Big Bash League side Melbourne Stars, he was well below his best, but the fans would hope that the explosive West Indian can get back to his groove.

Also Read: Reasons why CSK may not retain their title

IPL 2019: The Best All Rounder From All Teams

The Best All Rounder From All Teams in IPL 2019

An all-rounder is always a special asset to his team, no matter what position he is played in. 

All-rounders can cause a huge impact on all departments. The emergence of the T20 format brought the all-rounders to the forefront, as teams usually need seven batsman and six bowlers to make an impact. Moreover, with the fast-paced nature of the game, there is an obvious requirement for a player with all-round skills, who can match up to the hard-hitting players of the opposing team. This yearning for all-rounders can also be seen in the IPL as well.

Here’s taking a look at the best IPL all-rounders from each team for the 2019 season.

Sam Curran (Kings XI Punjab)

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Kings XI Punjab had an explosive beginning to the 11th edition of the IPL, winning 5 out of 6 games. However, they could not keep up the momentum, mustering up only 1 win out of their last 8 matches. The lack of a quality all-rounder did harm them and hence, for the 2019 season, they bid the most on England’s Sam Curran. The left arm pacer has had a natural advantage, as most batsmen have trouble tackling the natural angle which comes with the delivery. Even with the bat, he knows how to conjure match-defining performances. His performance is keenly awaited in IPL 2019.

Also Read: Five International Skippers Who Have Failed To Perform at the IPL

Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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One of the most underrated players in the format, the English all-rounder is an extremely dependable finisher. When playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, he contributed to his team with a strike rate of over 160.

Even in the bowling scene, Ali has proved himself to be dependable time and time again, picking up crucial, match-changing wickets whenever his team needs him the most. He is known especially for not allowing the batsmen to settle at all. The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli, will be surely hoping for a rehash from Ali.

Chris Morris (Delhi Capitals)

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Deli Capitals have been looking to turn around their fortunes for quite some time now, as they have not been very successful from 2013-2017. From 2016, they started shifting all their focus to youngsters, and in 2018, they made the impeccable decision to retain Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Chris Morris.

Morris first came to the limelight during the Champions League of 2012. With a strike rate of 150 in this format, he is an undeniable asset in death overs. He is a master with the ball as well. His height of 6’6” gives him an undeniable bounce and edge over the other bowlers, and his yorkers always cause harm for the other team.

Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians)

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The best memory that the public has of Krunal Pandya is undeniably the final of IPL 2017, where his 3/40 helped Mumbai win the title. In 2018, this memory made him the highest selling uncapped player, at INR 8.8 crore. Mumbai Indians will surely be heavily dependent on Pandya to help them tide through the 2019 season.

Shakib Al Hasan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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Being bought by Hyderabad for INR 2 crore, Hasan proved his worth many times over, surpassing expectations many times. His arrival strengthened the middle order, which the team had lacked for years. He scored 239 runs and picked up 14 wickets at an economy of 8 last year, which was no doubt very impressive for a bowler coming in at number 5.

Hasan will not be a big part of the 2019 IPL but SRH will hope he can contribute in games he does play.

Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)

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The all-rounder has always been sought after in every IPL auction that he has been a part of. In 2017, he was sold for a whopping INR 14.5 crore to Pune. Stokes lived up to the trust placed upon him and went on to become the most valuable IPL player of the season.

In the bowling front too, he is extremely valuable, winning MoM awards for spells of 3/18 and 2/21 against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, respectively.

Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)

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The West Indian is a complete all-rounder package, with explosive batting, awe-striking fielding, and dependable bowling in the death overs. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, his form has improved more and more, and he can be utilized in any over the match, from the start to the end. He is the all-time wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 464 dismissals to his name. Lasith Malinga is a distant second, with 353 victims.

With the bat, he has an almost supernatural ability to hit a six over third man and fine leg. In 2018, he scored 68 off 30 balls for Chennai in the team’s first game. His unnatural talent also moves over to his fielding abilities, and he has some unbelievable catches to his name.

Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)

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Without a doubt, the all-rounder for Kolkata is the best player in the upcoming season of the IPL. His ability to smash the boundary at will makes him one of the most dangerous players. In IPL 2018, he was in full form, scoring 316 runs from a mind-numbing 171 balls. He also managed to pick up 13 wickets and was the go-to bowler for Dinesh Karthik, especially in the death overs. His batting strike of over 166, with a bowling average of 18.6 makes him the perfect threat for the opposite team.

The Caribbean Kings of IPL

West Indies IPL

The Indian Premier League is the most-attended cricket league in the world with overseas players putting up a spectacular display of talent every year. It gives Indian cricket fans a chance to get to know some of the international cricketers and watch them play up close; to appreciate their talent and support them rather than see them as the opponents for once.

With more than five cricketers coming from the West Indies’ team itself, they have taken over IPL by storm. Their aggressive and ambitious outlook on cricket forms a wall difficult to beat by any player from the outside.

Some of the following players have made their mark this season and deserve to be recognized for it:

1. Chris Gayle: Chris Gayle, you’ve definitely heard the name. The Jamaican player played for Kings XI Punjab this year. He was one of their most valuable players although the price they got him for was relatively less, a mere two crores.

He had one of the best knocks this season in only his second outing with the Punjab boys – an undefeated 104 off 63 balls. He kick-started KXIP’s race to a high total with four boundaries off seven balls and three sixes off Chris Jordan and Rashid Khan. He scored 11 sixes in that innings to put up a score of 193/3 which proved to be too high for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

For the first half of the season, he formed a torpedo-like partnership with KL Rahul and led the team to consecutive victories to push them to the top four. The 39-year old has 30 sixes and 27 fours from 11 matches under his name.


2. Sunil Narine: One of two players to be retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders this season, he ended the season with the title of “Most Valuable Player” for 357 runs and 17 wickets from 16 matches.

He also won the title of “Super Striker of the Season” for spectacular left-handed batting although he is primarily an off-spin bowler.

The Trinidadian cricketer was primarily KKR’s opener and became one of their most, if not the most dangerous asset.


3. Andre Russell: This Jamaican all-rounder who previously played for the Delhi Daredevils, was the second player to be retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

He played as a finisher and had a pretty inconsistent season but didn’t give a chance to be written off. His best knock this season was 88* off 36 balls which included 11 sixes and 1 four.

With 13 wickets and a total of 17 fours and 31 sixes in 16 matches, he contributed, big or small, in every match to be in the top five most valuable players of this season.


4. Jofra Archer: He was bought for a whopping 7.2 crores by the Rajasthan Royals this season. A right-handed batsman and a fast bowler in one, this was his first season in the cash-rich league.

With 15 wickets off 10 games, he was more valuable in the bowling department than batting. The seam bowler took out some crucial wickets for his team and became a threat to look out for.


5. Lungi Ngidi: This young player just made his debut in International cricket last year and made it to the IPL this year in the Chennai Super Kings.

He made an appearance only in the second half of the season and ended up making a difference in some of CSK’s most crucial matches. Taking 11 wickets off 7 matches, the 22-year old definitely created a name for himself this season.

His best performance was during the final match before the playoffs against Kings XI Punjab where he took four wickets and conceded only 10 runs in his four overs. The player quickly became a crowd-favorite after that performance and he kept it up till the finals.


6. Carlos Brathwaite: Bought off Delhi Daredevils, he proved to be a game-changer for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The all-rounder was put to full use in the latter half of the season on both fronts.

With five wickets off four matches and an undefeated knock of 43 runs, he made himself known and constant in the team. He didn’t get much of a chance, however, to fully spread his wings this season and will hopefully get to do so the next time.


7. Dwayne BravoHe kick-started the season with his brilliant performance in the very first match for Chennai Super Kings against the Mumbai Indians, a display of talent that is still talked about even after the season has come to a close.

He formed one of the pillars of the team who went on to win the tournament as the death-over specialist and his fearless talent at taking their opponents off the field proved to be an incredible asset.

The Jamaican dance moves hits the ground this year!

Dwayne Bravo The Jamaican Dance Moves

Cricket is an emotional game, it’s a common feat to witness a small victory dance by a player whenever he scores a wicket or does something spectacular. Such an act is a simple way for the players to express their joy and pride over their team and themselves. In the spirit of sportsmanship and playing a game that they love, here are a few West Indies players who dance have won the hearts of the fans:

As we all know Chris Gayle is very famous for hitting long sixes if this IPL is any indication. He is also one of the most entertaining players to take the field. His unique style is brought out after he scores and manages to bring a smile to everyone’s face. The cricketer isn’t someone who chooses to hold himself back and lets his emotions show. He has recently danced to a Punjabi song, portraying his ever excited nature.

These Caribbean cricketers have been seen celebrating on the ground quite often with their dancing. Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy were seen setting themselves free and go into an impromptu dance. Especially Bravo’s calypso dance moves a during games, which has taken the internet by storm.

Not to mention, the likes of Jofra Archer, who has certainly made his presence felt in this Indian Premier League 2018 with a stellar performance for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians on Sunday 22 April. Archer celebrated the wickets he scored with a cheery smile and his signature ‘telephone’ dance move. Similarly, the likes of Andre Russell, Lungi Ngidi, and Carlos Brathwaite have also been seen having their small moment on the field. Lungi Ngidi, after bought by CSK, said he was in love with ‘lungi dance’, he took to Twitter to mention this new found love, making it into the news.

Throughout these years, suddenly springing into a dance move when something brilliant happens on the field is very common and quite an entertainment to the spectators. This emotional way to express their joy is heartening to the fans and it simply makes us fall in love with these players even more.

IPL Match 57, Post-Match Analysis: CSK makes it to the finals!


IPL 2018 | Match 57 | SRH vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings made it to the IPL finals for the seventh time last night with their win over Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The match was no less than a thriller as CSK finished it in a very CSK-esque fashion, taking it all the way to the last over.

CSK won the toss and as always, chose to stick to chasing. SRH’s innings started with opener Shikhar Dhawan suffering a duck-out in the hands of Deepak Chahar in the very first delivery of the match.

Captain Kane Williamson (24) then came in to contribute 24 runs, of which three boundaries were hit in the same over. While Shreevats Goswami (12) was sent home packing by Lungi Ngidi.

Kane then fashioned a catch off Shardul Thakur by MS Dhoni in the very next over. By the end of the powerplay, the team had lost both their openers and Kane Williamson while only 47 runs were on the board.

Manish Pandey (8) and Shakib Al Hasan (12) came to the crease. SRH suffered another blow as CSK took Shakib soon after power-play with another catch by Dhoni off Dwayne Bravo.

By mid-innings, the score was 64/4. Yusuf Pathan‘s cameo of 24 runs laced with three boundaries pushed the score up significantly. Manish Pandey was dismissed in the eleventh over by Ravindra Jadeja. Carlos Brathwaite‘s brilliant knock laced with four sixes and one four in the death overs ended the innings at 139/7.

With 140 as a target, Faf du Plessis completed the chase with five balls to spare. Plessis’ undefeated 67 included four sixes and five fours as he ended up being CSK’s only hope towards the end. In the last two overs, he turned the tide around with Shardul Thakur (15) to end the game on an adrenaline-rushing note.

At the beginning of the innings, SRH returned the favor by removing Shane Watson off the field in the very first over for no runs.

Suresh Raina (22) came in with a vengeance as he smacked Sandeep Sharma for three boundaries in the first three balls of his over. But then Siddharth Kaul came in the fourth over to clean-bowl the ambitious Raina and his replacement, Ambati Rayudu in two successive balls. CSK had an equally bad, if not worse, power-play with 33 runs and three wickets off the table.

Things weren’t looking good for the yellow brigade as their reliable captain MS Dhoni was also caught in the clean-bowling frenzy by Rashid Khan in the eighth over. Dwayne Bravo (7) came in with fans hoping that he’d save them all but even he couldn’t escape Rashid Khan’s bowling.

Sandeep dismissed Ravindra Jadeja (3) in the next over and Deepak Chahar (10) in the over after that. Chahar surprised everyone with a boundary, however, and managed to keep the run rate from getting out of hand.

Faf du Plessis then sealed his ninth IPL fifty and changed the target to 23 off 12 balls. Shardul Thakur did one better and scored three boundaries off Siddharth Kaul taking 17 from the nineteenth over, making six the target off the final over. With 6 off 6, Plessis ended the innings in the first ball of the last over with a spectacular six.

Although SRH did not win this one, they proved that their bowling squad was back in form. CSK almost lost all hope as their opponents took them out one-by-one. Rashid Khan’s spectacular bowling spree put everyone on edge as he finished with a figure of 2/11. SRH also did a very good job restricting CSK and making it anything but easy for their opponents.

Faf du Plessis stood his ground while he watched his partners leave in every other over. He went on to win the title of “Man of the Match” and he truly deserved it. Even Shardul Thakur deserves to be mentioned – his short partnership with Plessis changed the face of the game. The fact that he managed to stay calm and come through for CSK  in terms of batting, even though he is primarily a bowler, is commendable.

CSK will now kick back in Mumbai while they wait for the remaining three teams to clash among themselves, to decide who will join them in the finals on Sunday. SRH, on the other hand, will be traveling to Kolkata to meet with the winner of today’s Eliminator match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals on Friday.

IPL Match 57, Pre-Match Analysis: CSK vs SRH (Qualifier 1)


IPL 2018 | Match 57 | CSK vs SRH: It’s time for the playoffs! Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad are to be locked in a Qualifier match tonight at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai at 20:00 IST. Both are placed on top of the table with 18 points and a slight difference in net run rate.

Although both teams have maintained their position on top, it wasn’t easy. SRH spent the first half and the beginning of the second half of the season only winning matches to the point where captain Kane Williamson was asked what his secret of success was. However, once they were well beyond the other teams in terms of points which subsequently earned them a spot in the playoffs, they have faced three consecutive defeats. Thankfully, the defeats didn’t do much harm to their place on the table but we can’t say the same for their reputation.

In case of CSK, the last few matches have seen them go up and down like a sine wave. There is no specific mistake to pinpoint other than inconsistency. They will be going up against arguably the best bowling attack in the IPL and if things do not click today, they will be looking forward to an eliminator. Ambati Rayudu lost his footing in their last match against King XI Punjab. Luckily, it didn’t do much harm to their chances of winning. Dwayne Bravo also hasn’t seemed like himself in the last few games. He hasn’t been scoring much, and well, Raina didn’t even give him a chance to even come near the crease in the last match. With the biggest fan base in the tournament, the pressure will be extremely high, let’s hope they don’t succumb to it.

Wankhede Stadium is a high-scoring field so this could get very nasty. Weather forecasts predict the usual clear, humid evening so there will be no disturbance tonight.

We know their main weaknesses after following them for 14 matches each. SRH’s bowling form has gone down drastically with even Rashid Khan unable to shine. Kane Williamson seemed to be their only hope on the batting front, so against a superior batting line-up like Chennai Super Kings, they have a difficult task ahead of them. Also, the fact that their last two encounters with CSK this season went their opponent’s way will not help with their confidence tonight.

CSK has had a problem with their death-bowling and might end up giving up too many runs, changing the tide towards SRH. Also, the fact that if Dhoni falls, the rest falls with him is an issue. The team has become too dependent on Dhoni, expecting him to come in and finish the game with a six every time. He has provided mostly but in a crucial game like tonight, anything could happen and it is important for the team to have a clear head about their individual contributions to the team effort.

Chennai Super Kings changed their line-up around to mess with the KXIP spinners and pacers but tonight, they will probably be bringing back their original line-up with Shane Watson opening along with Ambati Rayudu. Dwayne Bravo may be moved down a position to keep him as the back-up as he seems to bat better when the team really needs him, to be replaced by either Sam Billings or Faf du Plessis.

To sum it up, the best batting side will be clashing with the best bowling side of the tournament.

In case of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Carlos Brathwaite did not quite make a good impression in his debut in the last game so he is likely to be removed. Shreevats Goswami, on the other hand, has a good day on the field so SRH may be keen on trying out the likes of him once more.

Both teams have clashed on the grounds eight times previously of which CSK held the upper hand in six of those matches.

Two teams on top with more weaknesses than strengths – they’ve survived this far with their points alone; now, with no safety net, will they be able to do the same? Well, one has to win and the other has to lose. Watch tonight (and keep a pacemaker handy, just in case) to find out.

IPL Match 56, Post-Match Analysis: End of the road for Kings XI Punjab


IPL 2018 | Match 56 | CSK vs KXIP: Chennai Super Kings ended the final knockout match with a comfortable win against the Kings XI Punjab by five wickets.

CSK is now at par with the table-toppers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, with 18 points and will be facing them in the Qualifier 1 match on May 22nd. This result helped Rajasthan Royals keep its place in the top four as they made it to the playoffs as well.

KXIP, on the other hand, finished the tournament with their eighth successive defeat at seventh place. They needed a win by at least 53 runs to make it to the playoffs but didn’t even come close to the target.

CSK won the toss and opted to field first. Placing KXIP to bat, they had a terrible start as they lost all their big-hitting batsmen, KL Rahul (7), Chris Gayle (0) and Aaron Finch (4) within the Power Play. With only 29 runs by the end of PP, Manoj Tiwary (35) and David Miller (24) added a substantial amount of runs to the score. Tiwary was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja and Miller left soon after at the hands of a well-executed yorker by Dwayne Bravo. But it was only Karun Nair‘s brilliant knock of 54 runs off 26 balls laced with three fours and five sixes that provided any chance of KXIP winning. Axar Patel (14) attempted to support him in his ordeal but was taken out by a stunning catch by Sam Billings. After his wicket, captain Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye and Ankit Rajpoot along with Nair were taken out one by one until KXIP ended their innings at 153 – all out in 19.4 overs.

Lungi Ngidi was the star of the match as he finished with a spectacular figure of 4/10. Bravo had a good day on the field too as he eliminated two crucial KXIP batsmen but conceded 39 runs in his four overs.

CSK had a target of 154 to chase which they achieved in 19.1 overs. They ended the innings with Suresh Raina‘s unbeaten 61 runs off 48 balls laced with two sixes and four fours and MS Dhoni‘s seven ball cameo of 16 runs. He ended the match in a very Dhoni-esque way with a spectacular six. However, their start wasn’t as entertaining as the end. CSK lost Ambati Rayudu (1) in the second over to Mohit Sharma. The situation didn’t improve with two back-to-back dismissals of Faf du Plessis (14) and Sam Billings (0) by pacer Ankit Rajpoot, two overs later. Plessis was caught out by Gayle while Billings was clean-bowled for a golden duck. Ankit Rajpoot not only took down the wickets but also reduced them to 27/3 in five overs. Harbhajan Singh (19) and Suresh Raina then came in and took the team to fifty runs in nine overs. Just when they got the momentum going, Harbhajan was dismissed by captain Ravichandran Ashwin himself in the eleventh over. At that point, CSK needed 96 off 59 balls. Raina attempted to keep the run rate going but it fell uneven with no possibility of a boundary. In fact, the team had six dry overs from the ninth to the fifteenth over with no boundaries. With a target of 73 off 36 balls, Deepak Chahar hit two consecutive sixes in Ashwin’s over and Axar Patel’s over to bring the target to an easier 40 runs off 24 balls. But Ashwin came with vengeance to remove Chahar in the seventeenth over. However, his 20-ball 39 helped reduce 56 runs from the target with Raina. Then came in Dhoni and the rest was history.

This win has given CSK two chances at the final at the Qualifiers and the Eliminator and with their in-form performance, they look like they are about to give some tough competition to the Sunrisers Hyderabad. They will now be clashing with SRH for the Qualifiers 1 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on May 22nd at 20:00 IST.

IPL Match 56, Pre-Match Analysis: KXIP in the final knock-out with CSK


IPL 2018 | Match 56 | CSK vs KXIP: Chennai Super Kings will be facing Kings XI Punjab for the fourth and final knockout match before the playoffs kick off at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium, Pune tonight at 20:00 IST.

Kings XI Punjab dominated the first half of the season but now their luck has reversed with only win in seven matches. The team has a herculean task ahead of them as they not only have to worry about defeating the second-placed Chennai Super Kings but also about raising their net run rate. Just a win won’t get them through to the playoffs – currently, their NRR is -0.490 and they will have to exceed -0.250 to replace Rajasthan Royals from the fourth position, provided the Mumbai Indians fail today.

Only KL Rahul has provided in terms of batting with spectacular knocks in all their matches but has been unable to lead the team to the victory with little to no support from his fellow batsmen. Chris Gayle started off the season with a vengeance for being one of the lowest auctioned players and partnered with Rahul to form a torpedo-like duo but has been inconsistent lately. Among the remaining, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair have failed to perform when the team needed them the most.

In case of bowling, Andrew Tye is the leading wicket-taker not only in the team but also in the tournament with 24 wickets from 13 matches. Without the injured Mujeeb ur Rahman, however, even his bowling does not have the required impact and against the star-studded batting line-up that is CSK, more than Tye is required for a win. Ravichandran Ashwin will need to put his wide assortment of pacers and spinners to use tonight and he himself will have to step up.

CSK, on the other hand, have already qualified for the playoffs and they sit in second place with 16 points. A win will place them at par with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and directly into the first Qualifiers on May 22nd. However, they recently tasted defeat in the hands of bottom-of-the-table Delhi Daredevils which has exposed their weaknesses and they will need to gain footing again.

For the Yellow Brigade, Ambati Rayudu has been brilliant throughout both as an opener and at number four position. He will be expected to give a flying start to the team with Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. MS Dhoni himself has proved himself to be one of the best captains the world has seen and has taken it upon himself to take the team to victory after the two-year hiatus. Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, and Ravindra Jadeja will also need to make an impact tonight.

Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur will take care of the bowling department along with the veteran spinner duo of Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. Bravo will need to gather himself as he found himself hammered for 26 runs off the final over in the last match.

The temperatures have been going to a maximum of 37 degrees during the day in Pune but thunderstorms are a possibility in the evening.

CSK will most probably stick with the same line-up. In case of KXIP, Yuvraj Singh may face replacement by Karun Nair and Mujeeb ur Rahman was seen at the try-outs but it is still not confirmed as to whether he’d make it for the game tonight.

The two teams have clashed seventeen times previously and CSK leads with three wins over KXIP. Pune hasn’t been that lucky for the team either as KXIP has managed only one win of six games in this venue. CSK has the upper hand regarding batting and the least wickets lost and are therefore the more probable winners of tonight’s match.

Brad Hodge, the head coach of KXIP, expressed his nervousness regarding tonight’s game – “I just hope we are in a position tomorrow where we can give an entertaining performance and try and make the playoffs.”

A season that has seen major comebacks, will KXIP be able to finally get it together and bring back the grandeur their team held at the beginning of the season? Watch tonight to find out.

IPL 2018, Post-Match Analysis: CSK face unexpected defeat by DD


IPL 2018 | Match 52 | DD vs CSK: Delhi Daredevils defeated the Chennai Super Kings last night by 34 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Although this win has come too late for the Delhi boys, they can live with the satisfaction of playing a fantastic game and having a hand in postponing CSK’s assured finish in the top two.

CSK won the toss and chose to bowl. They started the innings at a slow rate with openers, Prithvi Shaw (17) and Shreyas Iyer (19). DD lost Shaw cheaply to Deepak Chahar in the fifth over. They managed only 39 runs in power-play. Rishabh Pant (38) partnered with the captain for 54 runs before both were taken out in the same over by Lungi Ngidi. The two major wickets left the field right after Pant scored two sixes and a boundary resulting in 17 runs off Harbhajan Singh‘s over. Glenn Maxwell remained out-of-form as he took a ball to the stumps from Ravindra Jadeja. Vijay Shankar‘s undefeated run added 36 runs to the scoreboard. He partnered with Harshal Patel (36) to finish the last five overs with another fifty runs. The innings ended with a respectable total of 162 for five.

Harshal Patel went on to be titled “Man of the Match” for his spectacular addition to the score – a whopping 36 off 16, including four sixes and one four.

CSK seemed out of touch with the game from the first innings. Dwayne Bravo, their star player, himself was hammered for 52 runs off his four overs, including four sixes in the final over. Even veteran Harbhajan was taken to the cleaners by the DD batsmen. Jadeja, SN Thakur, and Chahar took a wicket each leaving 20 or so runs. Only Lungi Ngidi had a good run of four overs as he took two crucial wickets and conceded only 14 runs.

With a target of 163 to chase, CSK fans were confident that this will be a piece of cake for the Yellow Brigade. CSK also had a slow start as openers Shane Watson (14) and Ambati Rayudu (50) put up a mere 44 runs for power-play. But in the sixth over, the duo gained momentum as Rayudu scored three sixes and one four off of Avesh Khan’s bowling. Just when Watson was gaining his footing, he fell victim to Amit Mishra‘s bowling as Trent Boult sent him home. Rayudu continued his form and went on to score a fifty off 28 balls only to be dismissed by Harshal Patel mid-innings. Suresh Raina (15) came in to replace Watson and scored a run here and there until he was dismissed by newbie Sandeep Lamichhane. Sam Billings (1) also left the field soon enough. It soon came on Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni (17) to carry the team forward to victory. However, even Dhoni with the massive fan following, who has come through always during crucial times for the team, seemed swayed by DD’s impressive fielding. An uncalculated hit in Trent Boult’s over gave Iyer the opportunity to seal his fate. With fifty runs left off of the final five overs, Jadeja’s undefeated cameo of 27 runs and Dwayne Bravo’s almost immediate dismissal did not help their case. The innings ended with a victory for the Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs.

DD showcased some impressive fielding last night as even the death-over champions found themselves trapped. Both Trent Boult and Amit Mishra finished with impressive figures of 2/20 – all four were crucial wickets at crucial times. Sandeep Lamicchane continued impressing with 1/21. Harshal Patel contributed to the bowling side as well with one wicket and conceding only 23 runs off his four overs. Glenn Maxwell (0/14) and Avesh Khan (0/28) were given two overs each.

CSK remains in second place with 16 points but with a significantly lower run rate. A win could have put them on top of the table and at a tie with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, however, their fazed performance last night prevented them from doing so. This has come as a huge disappointment for the loyal CSK fans but maybe it was required to wake the MS Dhoni-led side up before the crucial week starts. DD is already out of the tournament but the team will look to end their appearance this season with a final win.

CSK will clash with Kings XI Punjab tomorrow night for their final home game while DD will be facing the Mumbai Indians for their final game of the season tomorrow as well.


IPL 2018 | Match 52 | DD vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings will be looking to catch up with table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad as they clash against the Delhi Daredevils tonight at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. 

Delhi Daredevils are out of the running for the playoffs as they remain at the bottom of the table with 6 points. With nine losses in the twelve games they’ve played, DD failed to make a comeback like the rest of teams at the bottom did and has now lost its chance this season to make any significant change to its position. 

CSK, on the other hand, have won eight matches of twelve and will look to gain that two more points that would place them at par with the Sunrisers, before they head to the playoffs. With their net run rate, they will replace SRH on top with a victory tonight and will secure a spot in the top two. 

Today’s weather forecast has the warning of probable rain and relatively cooler temperatures. Feroz Shah Kotla has always been known to be batsman-friendly. 

A win for the Delhi Daredevils will not do much good as they are six points behind Kings XI Punjab, who are placed seventh. However, with young and ambitious Shreyas Iyer as the captain, they will play for the sake of their dignity and self-respect. CSK is the more probable, some might say definite, winners tonight. 

Head-to-head, DD has clashed with CSK seventeen times previously, of which they have won only five times. Even at Kotla, DD’s home base, CSK has had a better running. 

CSK has had a good season after the two years ban from the IPL. With the change of venue from Chennai to Pune, they have still managed to gain footing. They have had consistent performances and have provided entertaining matches for all cricket fans to enjoy. They have also been the only team to have defended themselves against SRH’s bowling attack both matches this season. 

With their deadly opener duo of Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson, the team has chased high totals and emerged victoriously. Especially Rayudu’s performance this season with 535 runs across twelve matches, he is a contender for the orange cap. Even MS Dhoni was found to only have words of praise after his unbeaten century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match.

“Even before IPL started I had to make space for Rayudu because he is somebody I rate very highly. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. Most teams look to exploit the opener with spin bowling. He is someone who does not look like a big hitter but almost clears the field every time he plays the big shot.”, Dhoni was stated as saying. 

Watson has also had an exceptional performance with 424 runs in his pocket. 

Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja will take care of the bowling front with Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo at the head.

DD, on the other hand, lies on the opposite side of the spectrum with their issue being inconsistency and lack of coordination. With big names like Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, they were unable to bring them all together and form a solid wall against any team. With the change in captaincy, they seemed to be doing well as they won three matches back to back, but as soon as they tasted defeat again, they found themselves unable to stand back up. 

Sandeep Lamichhane, Abhishek Sharma, and Junior Dala made their IPL debuts in DD’s last match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and will be expected to make an appearance again. Spinner Sandeep opened the bowling debut for the Delhi boys last time while Sharma impressed with his unbeaten 46 off 19 balls. Dala, however, was unable to make an impression as he conceded 34 runs in 3 overs with no wickets. CSK will mostly stick with the same lineup with a position in the top two on the line. 

This game may be a dead end but with ferocious CSK supporters and loyal DD fans in the stadium, this may just turn out to be a match for respect rather than the points.