It's Dhoni versus Ganguly today!

Apr 14, 2012, 10:27 IST | A Correspondent

Resurgent CSK hope to overpower a demoralised Pune team hurting from their loss to KXIP

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.

Dhoni plays a shot against Delhi Daredevils last Tuesday. Pic/AFP

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.  

Ganguly’s wishlist
>> 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

Dhoni’s wishlist
>>  Not allow Dinda early wickets
>>  Dismiss Robin Uthappa cheaply
>>  Albie Morkel produces a cameo
>>  Faf du Plessis continues to fire
>>  Ashwin bowls economically 

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