If anyone writing a preview to this match gives the Pune Warriors a chance, I would be surprised. Such was the performance of the CSK team in their two previous matches; they again go into this match as the overwhelming favourites, not just for this match but also for this edition of IPL. In fact, when were they not the favourites? :). Being the Manchester United of IPL, they are always the team to beat. Just being on the winning side in arguably the most exciting & thrilling match in the IPL history, they go into this match with super confidence and playing at home again will make their lives much easier. If you go for a ‘Man to Man’ comparison, then even the PWI skipper & coach will not give their team a chance. And talking about skipper, it would be a blessing in disguise for the Pune team that their skipper Angelo Mathews won’t be playing in this match. Ross Taylor is expected to lead the team and one of the best Pune players from the previous edition, Steve Smith will take his place. Finch & Uthappa played some brilliant shots in their only win so far and a lot will depend on how they will fare against the quicks in yellow. Smith will have a major role to play as Yuvi looks a doubtful starter due to injury. May be Manish Pandey will get a look in.
As far as the Chennai side is concerned, Dhoni might give Albie Morkel his first match of this edition and Hilfenhaus may come in for Nannes. And it should be Jakati or Imtiaz in place of Sharma. The home side should be able to win this match hands down and hence I would not be surprised if Dhoni comes up with some unusual choices in the squad. And even if everyone falls cheaply, you have the superman himself, Sir Ravindra Jadeja. Not sure when was the last time someone was spoken in the same breath as Rajnikanth and that too in the hometown of Rajni Sir.
PWI results so far : 1 win out of 4 & CSK results so far : 2 wins out of 3.
My prediction for today : CSK to crush PWI and move to the top of the table with a better run rate 🙂
My playing eleven for today’s match :
CSK : Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo,Morkel, Ashwin, Hilfenhaus/Nannes,Imtiaz
PWI : Uthappa, Finch, Pandey, Taylor,Suman, Smith,Marsh, Nayar, Bhuvanesh Kumar,Sharma, Dinda