It was whistle-podu galore for the Chennai Super Kings fans after the team registered an emphatic 93-run victory over a hapless Delhi Daredevils unit in Abu Dhabi on Monday. (Photos: CSK register comprehensive against DD)
The Super Kings recovered from their 6-wicket loss against Kings XI Punjab on Friday with a clinical all-round performance that left the Daredevils tottering throughout the course of the match.
On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals would be itching to brush aside their loss against the Kings XI Punjab with a win against two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. (Also Read: Maxwell and Miller keep it sweet for Punjab)
The Royals have their task cut out as they would have to shine with both bat and ball to counter a reinvigorated and victorious Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The game changers
Ishwar Pandey: Ishwar Pandey’s phenomenal surge in the Indian domestic cricket circuit has been nothing less than a fairytale. At a young age of 24, Pandey has amassed 131 wickets in just 31 First-class matches with a striking average of 24.43.
He was the highest wicket-taker in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season with 48 wickets from just 8 matches with 5 five-wicket hauls. In the next season, he took 30 wickets from 8 matches with an average of 24.76.
Blessed with a tall height and robust physique, the young Madhya Pradesh medium-pacer impressed Indian selectors with his prodigious bowling exploits in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Ranji Trophy seasons, and earned a well-deserved call-up for India’s tour of New Zealand in 2013.
Pandey, who had earlier represented the now defunct Pune Warriors in 2013, shone with the ball in his debut match for the Super Kings and finished with impressive figures of 2/23 in his four overs.
“I didn’t do anything special with the ball. It was our fielders who made us bowlers look good”, Pandey told IPL’s official website. (Must Read: Didn’t do anything special with ball, says Ishwar Pandey)
Suresh Raina: Suresh Raina has been a formidable part of the Chennai Super Kings unit since making his IPL debut 2008. The most capped player in the history of IPL, Raina steered his team to an emphatic victory over a listless Delhi Daredevils side on Monday with a brisk half-century, which was his 19th in the League.
Raina later added blitz to his remarkable batting performance with three stunning catches that refreshed memories of Jonty Rhodes in the outfield. Along with Faf du Plessis, Raina was a major difference in the CSK unit which was criticized for its woeful fielding against Kings XI Punjab a few days ago.
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