Preview: After stunning losses for both, Chennai Super Kings start favourites against Dolphins
Bangalore – Without a point in their respective opening matches, Chennai Super Kings and South African champions Dolphins will be keen to get their campaigns going when they face each other here under lights on Monday in a Group A game of the Champions League Twenty20.
Coincidentally, both the teams lost matches from seemingly winning positions as the Super Kings were let down by their bowlers at the death which allowed Kolkata Knight Riders to scramble home by three wickets in Hyderabad, while Dolphins conceded two sixes off the last two deliveries and lost to Perth Scorchers by six wickets at Mohali.
Super Kings might be suffering from embarrassment of riches in their batting that fetched them two Indian Premier League (IPL) crowns besides a Champions League T20 title but as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has repeatedly said, it is their bowling at the death that has been a cause for concern.
As for Dolphins, their chances Monday would depend much on how fast they will recover from the body-blows they suffered at Mohali where paceman Robbie Frylinck sinned by sending down two full tosses that were smashed for sixes by Mitchell Marsh in the final over.
Thus, the onus will be on skipper Morne van Wyk to get his troops together for a particularly difficult game against the Super Kings.
Dhoni's men in yellow would have had enough time to mull over their defeat in Hyderabad and the Super Kings, who appeared out of sorts, have shown in the past their envious ability to bounce back. At least, they have the pedigree to notch a win on Monday when they will start odds-on favourites.
While the Super Kings will be counting on their batting might to pull them through, the Dolphins have much work to do. Khaya Zondo, who struck a 50-ball 63 not out saved the South African outfit from sinking without a trace while their bowling left a lot to be desired as they could not defend 15 runs in the last over that Frylinck bowled.
With both Super Kings and Dolphins having just two more games, including Monday's, neither team can afford to drop any more points, and if anything, they will be looking heavenwards as evening showers, quite common in these parts at this time of the year, are forecast.
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Time: 8:00 PM IST