CSK CLT20 News: Do Or Die Situation At Their First Match In CLT20
In this Season of CLT20, CSK will stand as the Defending Champions.
It’s a three-way battle for the two semi-final spots from Group A of the CL T20 as IPL champions Chennai Super Kings take on South Africa T20 champions Warriors in a must-win game here on Wednesday.
The Warriors with three wins from three matches are atop the points table with a Net Run Rate of +0.975, while the Bushrangers with three wins from four games are in second with a NRR of +0.366. Chennai with two wins from three games are placed third, but they have an enviable NRR of +2.567.
The equation is pretty clear. A win will take Chennai through to the semis, while the Warriors and Bushrangers will battle it out on the NRR depending on how close the game is. However, if the Warriors beat Chennai, they will take the Bushrangers along with them to the last four stage.
Chennai cannot afford to make any mistakes. The loss in the super over in their previous game on Saturday would surely have pushed them on the backfoot, but skipper MS Dhoni’s boys will back themselves to come good in Wednesday’s game.
Both their batting and bowling have shown their potential in the tournament. Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Anirudha Srikkanth and S Badrinath have all found the sweet spot on their bats. The bowling too has been spot on with Doug Bollinger, Albie Morkel, L Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan and R Ashwin containing runs as well as picking wickets at regular intervals.
Ashwin had an off-day in the last game when he was hit for 23 runs in the super over, but he has been by far among the best performers in this edition of the tournament having taken seven wickets from three games at an economy rate of 6.67.
CSK in CLT20 won’t want to change their combination ahead of the Wednesday’s game, except that they will like Morkel to retain full fitness and play ahead of Justin Kemp.
The Warriors, who have won all their three games, will hope that the law of averages does not catch up with them. It surely will be heartbreaking for them to be knocked out of the tournament because of a lesser Net Run Rate.
Skipper Davey Jacobs will again hold the key for the team’s batting that has been over-reliant on him. He’s played the sheet anchor role to perfection, while Mark Boucher and Ashwell Prince are the other two batsmen who have been among the runs.
Their bowling though is stronger and Chennai’s batsmen will have to deal with some serious pace and bounce with the likes of Rusty Theron, Makhya Ntiniand Lonwabo Tsotsobe all in good touch. Their spinners, Johan Botha and Nicky Boje have also been in good form and can slow down the proceedings at will.
This is too close a game to call, but it will go down to the wire for sure.