Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 13 - Chennai Super Kings vs Brisbane Heat
Ranchi set to host battle of Group B extremes
The Chennai Super Kings and Brisbane Heat clash in Match 13 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013. Both teams will be desperate to get a win under their belt, albeit for different reasons. A win for CSK will confirm their progression to the knockout stage, while Brisbane Heat will need a win to stay alive in the tournament.
The Chennai Super Kings will be brimming with confidence after their superlative showing in their previous match, though the Sunrisers Hyderabad ran them close in their high-scoring contest.
Brisbane Heat have no points on the board after two outings. The team from Down Under has been there or thereabouts, but has not been able to get over the line. In their opening fixture, they did well to restrict Trinidad & Tobago to 135, before they were bowled out for 110. In their next fixture, the bowlers did well to dismiss the Titans for 123, before getting bowled out for 119.
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 8 pm IST
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
The reason the Chennai Super Kings are such a successful side is because they are packed with match-winners. Almost every player in their playing XI is capable of winning matches single-handedly on his day. Apart from MS Dhoni, who will be the cynosure of all eyes at the stadium, the other dangerous performers in the team are the consistent left-handers, Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina. The onset of dew later in the evening has made life difficult for spinners, and as a result R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be expected to ensure that they try and keep things as tight as possible. The ploy of getting Dwayne Bravo to bowl in the second half of the innings has reaped rich rewards with the Trinidadian picking up wickets almost every match.
Brisbane Heat will need a much improved performance from their batsmen. No Heat batsman has so far managed to score a half-century in the competition. Joe Burns’ 45 is the highest score by a Heat batsman, while James Hopes’ 37 against the Titans is the only other respectable individual score. The team will need the experienced trio of Hopes, Peter Forrest and Daniel Christian to shine with the bat and hope the rest of the batsmen can chip in with meaningful contributions.
The Chennai Super Kings fielded 11 international cricketers (players who have represented their respective national sides) in their team in the previous match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Chennai Super Kings batsmen have hit 31 fours and 16 sixes so far in the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013, while their bowlers have conceded 31 fours and 18 sixes.
Brisbane Heat have the lowest boundary percentage of all teams competing in the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013; only 39.3 percent of their runs have come through hits to or over the fence.
Brisbane Heat will wind up their Group fixtures with a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Ahmedabad on September 30. Chennai Super Kings meanwhile will take a three-day break before their final Group game against Trinidad & Tobago, scheduled to be played at Delhi on October 2.