The last time Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings met this IPL season, the outcome was a one sided one with CSK winning by 93 runs in Sharjah. The win at Sharjah was the CSK’s fifth consecutive one over Delhi and when they play each other for the second time at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium on Monday, it seems unlikely that the home side will be able to turn things in their favour.
Of the six games they have played this season, Delhi have lost four to lie second from bottom on the points table. On the other hand, Chennai, after losing their first game of the season, won the next five to be top of the table. Key to the Super Kings success has been their batting. Openers Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith have consistently got the side off to strong starts. The two batsmen currently occupy second and third spots respectively on the top run-scorers list. Indeed, in the optional practice session before their game on Monday, Mohit Sharma took the chance to get some batting practice at the nets. Such has CSK’s top orders batting consistency been that Sharma has never had to pad up in a match this season.
Sharma has made his mark with the ball, however. He leads the bowling charts with 11 wickets in six games. Teammate Ravindra Jadeja is in joint second with 10 wickets. Delhi, meanwhile, with the exception of JP Duminy have been inconsistent, with captain Kevin Pietersen due a big score.