Defending champions Chennai Super Kings look to carry forward momentum from their last win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Game 16 of Indian Premier League V here at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium today.
It also means that Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who first donned India colours under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, will go head-to-head against his former India skipper. While Dhoni’s Super Kings are fresh off a spectacular run-chase against Bangalore, Ganguly pulled up his side for a lacklustre showing in their previous outing against Kings XI Punjab.
“We should have shown a bit more common sense and get to 140, it should have been a good total. We had 115 runs on board and we needed to be a lot more smarter I am disappointed because we have a good bowling attack, every time we get to 160, it would be hard for opposition,” Ganguly said after his team’s loss to Punjab.
Ganguly’s concerns are valid as Pune’s top-order comprising of Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Angelo Mathews is yet to fire. However, Pune’s bowling attack comprising of Ashok Dinda, Ashish Nehra and leg-spinner Rahul Sharma has done a fair job. In stark contrast, the Super Kings have in-form batsmen Faf du Plessis, who cracked 71 off just 46 balls against RCB, skipper Dhoni, Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo in their ranks.
>> Dismiss Faf du Plessis early
>> He gets some runs at the top
>> Angelo Mathews finds form
>> Nehra does well in death overs
>> Rahul Sharma bags wickets
>> Not allow Dinda early wickets
>> Dismiss Robin Uthappa cheaply
>> Albie Morkel produces a cameo
>> Faf du Plessis continues to fire
>> Ashwin bowls economically