It is the major Semi final between the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Daredevils. Chennai have the home advantage and after their previous match against Mumbai they looked like the Chennai of old that dominated and that could be a big danger sign for Delhi who lost to Kolkata in the qualifying final. It will be the battle of the batsmen as both teams hold big names.
Match Information :
May 25, Chennai
Starting Time: 2000 Local Time (1430 GMT Time)
How the Teams Stand:
It is the major semi final where the winner of this match between Delhi and Chennai will qualify for the final of IPL 2012 against the in-form team of Kolkata. Chennai have been in form just recently and if they can play like they did against Mumbai Delhi will have their hands full and will struggle. Delhi have had a run of form where they have lacked a bit and they need to get back in their stride ahead of the final. Chennai’s strength is their batting as it is a very long list so wickets every few overs is important for Delhi. Delhi’s strength is their top 3 so Chennai will be eyeing early wickets.
Ben Hilfenhaus vs David Warner
Ben Hilfenhaus and David Warner are Australian compatriots so they know each others game quite well. Ben Hilfenhaus has been Chennai’s best bowler consistently over this IPL with 11 wickets at 7.07 runs per over which is good. Chennai has had a problem with keeping runs down while it seems they spread the wickets amongst all bowlers. Chennai need early wickets and especially the wickets of Warner and Sehwag. Warner is fully fit unlike Sehwag, Warner has the 2nd highest average behind KP so he has been very dangerous. The first 6 overs of the Delhi innings could decide the match with the powerplay.
Murali Vijay has been very poor for Chennai with 181 runs from 12 matches so a change defiantly should be made. Ben Hilfenhaus was expensive in the previous match but he should hold his place as he has been fantastic for Chennai in IPL 2012.
Varun Aaron was poor with the ball against Kolkata so that could mean Nadeem should return and take his spot.