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6 May 2009, 9:54 pm



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May 7, 2009

Start time 16.30 local, (14:30 GMT)

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MS Dhoni's Chennai will need to rope in Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh in their attempt to move further up the  points table

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Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab have both recovered well after indifferent starts to the tournament and the outcome of their clash will yet again have a significant impact on what has become an intensely fluid points table. Chennai, though, have fewer worries.

Chennai, by way of three consecutive wins, have jumped to second spot but will be keen to consolidate their position against a team they are facing for the first time this season. Each of those wins have come after batting first, with their bowlers stepping up to successfully defend competitive scores. Two players have stood out: Suresh Raina has been consistent with scores of 98, 32 and 32 in his last three appearances, and the left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati has proved a revelation spinning his team to victory with four-wicket hauls against Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers. And with their new opening combination of M Vijay and Matthew Hayden coming good in their previous game, Chennai, as a result of their impressive run, have the edge going into Thursday.

Punjab suffered a big setback against Rajasthan Royals, and it was a timely disappointment, as their bowlers, who had been their main strength through the tournament, let them down at a crucial phase where the difference between teams in the points table is diminishing with every game. Yusuf Abdulla, the highest-wicket taker in the competition, was carted around the park, Irfan Pathan went for ten an over, and Sreesanth made an inauspicious debut this season, bleeding too many runs at the death including 23 in an over. Given the equally worrying problems with their batting, especially at the top of the order, Punjab will be presumably down on confidence, but they'll know that a win in the upcoming game will propel them to the top three, above Chennai.

Form guide (completed matches, most recent first)

Chennai Super Kings: WWWLL

Apart from Raina and Jakati, Chennai's form has also been boosted by important contributions from their captain MS Dhoni, who made a quickfire 58 against Deccan, and impressive spells from Muttiah Muralitharan, Albie Morkel, L Balaji, and Sudeep Tyagi, who has been economical in each of the last three games.

Kings XI Punjab: LWLWW

Punjab appeared to have tackled the problems with their top-order by inducting Sunny Sohal, but his first-ball dismissal against Rajasthan meant the woes had resurfaced. Karan Goel was given another go, after being left out against Kolkata Knight Riders, but he squandered that opportunity. Yuvraj Singh made the mistake of coming too low down the order, and needs to push himself up, especially after having scored a half-century in his first stint as opener this season.

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Chennai's batsmen against pace: Pace has been Punjab's main bowling weapon, and though they'll be demoralised by the treatment they received at the hands of Rajasthan's batsmen, they haven't yet been exposed to Hayden, Vijay and Raina. Regaining their confidence against a formidable batting line-up will be a challenge and makes for compelling viewing.

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Sreesanth was included in place of Vikramjeet Malik, and ended up with miserable figures. However, he started well, and damaged his stats in the penultimate over of Rajasthan's innings. He could be another go, but the prospects for Goel's selection don't look encouraging. He threw away his wicket, playing a mindless waft, and Punjab may look to Sahil Kukreja or Ravikant Shukla to fill in. Simon Katich has had three games, but Luke Pomersbach has had none. His impressive strike rate of 144.77 may just merit a look-in.

Punjab: (probable) 1 Sunny Sohal, 2 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 3 Simon Katich/Luke Pomersbach, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Mahela Jayawardene, 6 Irfan Pathan, 7 Ravikant Shukla, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Sreesanth, 10 Ramesh Powar, 11 Yusuf Abdulla.

Chennai could retain the same team which won them their previous two games. Parthiv Patel was replaced by M Vijay as opener, and he and Hayden have added 36 and 61 for the first wicket in quick time in the last two matches. Given the team's strong line-up, and a balanced bowling attack, it is unlikely there'll be any tinkering.

Chennai: (probable) 1 M Vijay, 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Albie Morkel, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 S Badrinath, 8 Sudeep Tyagi, 9 Shadab Jakati, 10 L Balaji, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.

Stats and trivia

Chennai's 92-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore is the biggest in terms of runs this season.

Punjab conceded 211 against Rajasthan, the highest score in the IPL this season.

For Punjab, the opening wicket averages 27.13. They've had five openers in all, namely Goel, Sohal, Kumar Sangakkara, Ravi Bopara and Yuvraj.

Head-to-head record

Chennai were the victors in both their games against Punjab last season. The first of those games was a high-scoring one, with both teams surpassing 200, but it was a merciless 116 from Michael Hussey that helped Chennai home by 33 runs.  The second game was more competitive, but an inspired spell by L Balaji, who took 5 for 24, shut Punjab out by 18 runs.

Siddhartha Talya is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo



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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2009, 03:00:12 PM »

Dhoni wins toss and opts to bat
7 May 2009, 2:38 pm



Toss  Chennai Super Kings opted to bat v Kings XI Punjab

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MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings, by way of three successive wins, are on fourth spot and seeking to grab hold of an opponent they haven't played yet, Dhoni opted to bat.

Chennai made two changes. Manpreet Gony came in for the unfit Jacob Oram and at the top of the order M Vijay, despite contributing to opening stands of 36 and 61, made way for the Australian IPL debutant George Bailey.

Kings XI Punjab dropped Ramesh Powar and called back VRV Singh, swapping slow bowler for fast bowler in an attempt to try and curb a lethal batting line-up.

Pace has been Punjab's main bowling weapon, but the bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Rajasthan Royals last game. Punjab's bowlers will be up against a strong batting order which includes the two highest run-getters this season, Matthew Hayden and Suresh Raina.

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Chennai: 1 George Bailey, 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Albie Morkel, 6 S Badrinath, 7 Sudeep Tyagi, 8 Shadab Jakati, 9 L Balaji, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Manpreet Gony.

Punjab: 1 Sunny Sohal, 2 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 3 Simon Katich, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Mahela Jayawardene, 6 Irfan Pathan, 7 Ravikant Shukla, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Sreesanth, 10 VRV Singh, 11 Yusuf Abdulla.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo



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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009, 03:05:02 PM »

chennai off to a good start after losing Badri first ball.
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 03:08:48 PM »

Good thing so far has been MSD did not come before Raina  ;D
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009, 03:11:20 PM »

rain  :(
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2009, 03:11:55 PM »

Shoot ....
There comes the spoilsport , Just when  I started to watch.  :P
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2009, 03:12:52 PM »

Even with a 7 over game Chennai are well placed.
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2009, 03:14:37 PM »

damn rain.

hayden and raina were in awe inspiring form
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2009, 03:47:31 PM »

Yeah was hoping for KXIP to be crushed like BRC was crushed earlier - that would have given us a game in hand and a better NRR vis-a-vis them!
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2009, 04:08:10 PM »

Rain has stopped. No strategy break in the first innings.
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2009, 04:08:35 PM »

thats good strategy ! in the break !
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2009, 04:37:58 PM »

damn rain.

hayden and raina were in awe inspiring form
stumping missed off Hayden by Sangakkara !
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2009, 05:13:33 PM »

this is the real dhoni !!!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2009, 05:13:45 PM »

dhoni and haydos plundering Punjab
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009, 05:14:50 PM »

we should thrash punjab black and blue. they are our bunnies after all  ::zzz::
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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2009, 05:26:17 PM »

200 come on come on
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2009, 05:27:06 PM »

its ok ... i doubt punjab will manage even 100 ...
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2009, 05:27:51 PM »

MSD must have made KKK proud today  ;D ;D
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2009, 05:52:48 PM »

MSD should get Jakati and Murali to bowl now and finish off 5 overs before rain stops play, so that they have a match. You can't afford with come back with just 1 pt after dominating the game.
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2009, 05:55:51 PM »

Viroo tried that last IPL with KXIP and lost the match - coz they hammered the bowlers in the first 5 overs despite losing 2-3 wickets. It is a high risk gamble - coz reaching the D/L score in 5 overs could be easier than reaching 187 in 18
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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2009, 05:58:37 PM »

its ok ... 4 overs already gone ... only one to go ..
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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2009, 06:02:44 PM »

damn ! katich is going to make a game out of it !
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« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2009, 06:03:23 PM »

See. Now what is the D/L par score at end of 5th over with 1 wicket down?

Siva says they should be 52. They are at 47. If they had got just 5 more runs or not lost a wicket and the match halted, KXIP would have won :D
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« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2009, 06:03:37 PM »

Did not know Katich had this kind of a range.

3 sixes in a row.
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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2009, 06:06:47 PM »

i think yuvi will bat at 7 in this game. he keeps hiding himself.
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i think yuvi will bat at 7 in this game. he keeps hiding himself.
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« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2009, 06:11:38 PM »

btw, some good news - Monkey scores a 1st ball DUCK in the T20 game vs. Pak  ::cheers:: ::cheers::
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Re: IPL 009 - Match 34 (CSK vs KXIP) : Chennai keen to consolidate
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2009, 06:13:35 PM »

What a hit by YS off Murali.  Absolutely stunning!!!!
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« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2009, 06:15:42 PM »

What a hit by YS off Murali.  Absolutely stunning!!!!
YS shows his class here!!!!
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« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2009, 06:16:49 PM »

hehe, for a change a player who i picked is getting me points ;)
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« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2009, 06:17:00 PM »

Now laying the wood to Jakati here.
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« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2009, 06:18:34 PM »

This is some spirited chase from KXIP !!!!
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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2009, 06:20:20 PM »

Katich goes after a very good 50.   Poor shot that.  Rank long hop.
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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2009, 06:24:24 PM »

Balaji somehow manages to get wickets  ;D ;D

Balaji has the funniest run up ever ;)
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« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2009, 06:37:05 PM »

Grest inside out six over extracover by Mahela off Murali.  Grand stroke that.
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2009, 06:38:34 PM »

with these 2 at the crease Punjab are the favorites. They are making it look easy..
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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2009, 06:39:45 PM »

What shots by YS. :notworthy: :notworthy:
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« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2009, 06:41:47 PM »

What SIX by YS. WOWWWWWWWWWW. :o :o :o :o
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« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2009, 06:44:25 PM »

Dot ball by Raina.  Great over by him.
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« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2009, 06:45:57 PM »

Dot ball by Raina.  Great over by him.
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