New Delhi: Battered and bruised after five consecutive losses, Delhi Daredevils will look to finally get a win under their belt when they take on the inconsistent Chennai Super Kings in game 24 of IPL 6 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday.
Looking at the points table, curtains are drawing fast on last season's table toppers and after a Super Over loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous encounter, Delhi have to get their act together quickly.
The absence of key foreign players through injuries, especially Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder, has hurt the team's chances badly this season. A big worry for the team has been its batting, which had crumbled under pressure against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad but showed some courage against RCB. Virender Sehwag gave Delhi a decent start and skipper Mahela Jayawardene too played a little cameo in the middle overs. David Warner shone in the matches against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians but failed to contribute in the previous two encounters. Delhi's management will be hoping that their batting line up finally click as a unit against CSK.
The bowlers - Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan and Shahbaz Nadeem - were far from economical in their previous encounter despite being in good form before that. Jayawardene will be hoping that Delhis's bowlers can regain back their confidence and show some consistency against CS, who are having a roller coaster of a tournament.
They have won two and lost two so far and are coming in the match having suffered an upset 24-run defeat at the hands of Pune Warriors. CSK have one of the most frightening batting line-ups but apart from S Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja, their batsmen failed miserably against PWI. With Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay they have a deadly opening pair that is followed by Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo to make it arguably one of the best batting line-up compared to all other franchises. The batting would be waiting to dig deep against this ordinary Delhi side.
As far as Chennai's bowling is concerned, they have both pacers and spinners who can not only take wickets, but also check the flow of runs. Chris Morris and Bravo did a good job against Pune to put the brakes on the run-rate. Dirk Nannes went for a handful of runs and this might tempt Dhoni to swap him with rookie Ankit Rajpoot. And with Albie Morkel also in the ranks, it only adds to Chennai's strengths.
Delhi Daredevils: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 David Warner, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4Manpreet Juneja, 5 Ben Rohrer, 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Shahbaz Nadeem, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Ashish Nehra
Chennai Super Kings: 1 Mike Hussey, 2 Murali Vijay, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 S Badrinath, 5 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Albie Morkel, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Chris Morris, 11 Ankit Rajpoot