Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chennai Super Kings VS Pune Warriors IPL - Today at Eden Garden

The Indian Premier League (IPL) : Today the match begins with Chennai Super Kings clashing with Pune Warriors at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. Chennai Super Kings have got off to a slow start in the competition. They have three defeats from five games. Warriors have injury worries of their own. Ashok Dinda  impressed with his economical last over in their last game.

Chennai Super Kings : Chennai Super Kings have got off to a slow start in the competition. They have three defeats from five games, with their two victories coming against teams placed lower than them in the points table. It could have been worse though. They are back at home in the return match against Pune Warriors, their previous opponents. 

However, a hamstring niggle for captain MS Dhoni, which makes him a doubtful starter, and Albie Morkel's return to South Africa after the death of a friend, will have them worried ahead of the game. With 171 runs in five games, Faf du Plessis, is the leading run-scorer for Super Kings. He has been solid at the top of the order and was the Man of the Match against Royal Challengers, with his 71 off 46 balls keeping his team in the hunt in their tall chase of 206.

Chennai Super Kings squad : MS Dhoni(C), S Anirudha, R Ashwin, S Badrinath, GJ Bailey, DE Bollinger, DJ Bravo, F du Plessis, BW Hilfenhaus, MEK Hussey, RA Jadeja, SB Jakati, Joginder Sharma, S Randiv, KMDN Kulasekara, VY Mahesh, JA Morkel, A Mukund, SK Raina, WP Saha†, SB Styris, S Tyagi, K Vasudevadas, G Vignesh, M Vijay

Pune Warriors : Warriors have injury worries of their own. Ashok Dinda impressed with his economical last over in their last game against Royal Challengers but, on the down side, also picked up a side strain in the match. That means he could miss this game. Also, Warriors have had only a day to recover from that loss.

Warriors' batting looks settled, with their openers Jesse Ryder and Robin Uthappa scoring a fifty each. However, Sourav Ganguly is due for a bigger score, with an average of 12.20 in five games. The match will be Sourav Ganguly's 50th appearance in the IPL. Ganguly has scored 1142 runs in the tournament so far. However, only 111 have come till now in this season. Amid questions over his fitness and form, Ganguly could find Super Kings' spin-heavy bowling attack to his liking.

Pune Warriors squad : SC Ganguly(C), ER Dwivedi, MJ Clarke, AB Dinda, CJ Ferguson, RV Gomez, Harpreet Singh, DS Jadhav, Kamran Khan, M Kartik, HH Khadiwale, B Kumar, NL McCullum, AP Majumdar, M Manhas, AD Mathews, MD Mishra, AG Murtaza, A Nehra, MK Pandey, WD Parnell, S Rana, JD Ryder, MN Samuels, R Sharma, GC Smith, SPD Smith, Tamim Iqbal, AC Thomas, K Upadhyay, RV Uthappa, SB Wagh, LJ Wright

The match will be starting at 8.00pm local time.

IP Chennai won by 13 runs.

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