Monday, May 26, 2008

Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings

IPL, HyderabadTuesday, May 27

Start time 20.00 (local), 14.30 (GMT)

Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni will be banking on Muttiah Muralitharan to come good in the crucial match against Deccan Chargers.

Chennai's chance to book semi-final berthKanishkaa Balachandran


Breaking the hoodoo of home-ground defeats will be the lone point left to prove for Deccan Chargers when it takes on Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Tuesday. Banished as it has been to the base of the DLF-Indian Premier League pyramid, the Hyderabad side will strain every sinew for a victory in its last outing, at least for the sake of its fans.
Not unduly depressed by the performance of their side, their most raucous cheers are invariably reserved for feats, minor and major, by the home side’s players.

Promotional material, be it stickers on car doors, wall-papers on mobile phones, caps or T-shirts, the raging red-eyed bull is still quite visible, evidence of pride fans still take in their side.

Loyal fans

Sick jokes of Deccan being discharged continue to do the rounds, but the queues to gain entry to the arena reveal a loyalty hard to displace.

That their star-studded side ended up being the proverbial paper tiger doesn’t deter the followers.
“It’s not what we set out to do,” said skipper Adam Gilchrist after the latest defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers on Sunday night and looking back at the long line of losses. The two wins that his men could muster along the way, appeared to be distant memories.

An integral part of an Australian team quite alien to losing, the swashbuckling opener seemed resigned to his fate of being saddled with a side struggling to snatch a win.

To cement a place in the semifinals will be Super Kings’ avowed objective. The confidence from chasing 212 in the last match against Rajasthan Royals, even if it fell short by 10 runs, will without doubt be carried over into this contest.

Doughty customer

The hunger to win, amply illustrated by that counter-attack against Royals, will be so much stronger, a seat in the last four club an attraction too hard to resist.

On just that count, the Chennai squad will be a doughty customer to deal with and quite hard to toss, when battle lines are drawn on Tuesday.

The teams (from):

Chennai Super Kings:

M.S. Dhoni (capt.), Stephen Fleming, Muttiah Muralitharan, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, L. Balaji, Parthiv Patel, Makhaya Ntini, Joginder Sharma, S. Badrinath, S. Vidyut, Manpreet Gony, S. Anirudha, P. Amarnath, Chamara Kapugedera, Arun Karthick, Abhinav Mukund.

Deccan Chargers:

Adam Gilchrist (capt.), Chaminda Vaas, Herschelle Gibbs, Scott Styris, Rohit Sharma, Shahid Afridi, R.P. Singh, Sanjay Bangar, Pragyan Ojha, Y. Venugopala Rao, Chamara Silva, P. Vijay Kumar, D. Ravi Teja, Nuwan Zoysa, Sarvesh Kumar, D. Kalyanakrishna, N. Arjun Yadav.

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