Saturday, 16 May 2009

Will CSK end Mumbai Indians' Semifinal Hopes?

Mumbai Indians need to win the rest two matches; But if Chennai Super Kings lose today's match, Chennai Super Kings will have to win all the other matches.

So expect another match with a lot of sub-texts and emotions. Will Dhoni be the one who ends the master blasters' dreams of taking his team into semifinal once? Will Jayasuria annihilate his partner - Murali, the lynchpin ofCSK Bowling? How Duminy will react when he comes against his counterpart - Morkel? How will Hayden, the best batsman of IPL - Season 2 handle Malinga, the best bowler of IPL - Season 2?

CSK Playing XI: With such an important match, I don't expect Dhoni to tinker with his playing XI. But I am confident with each passing game Dhoni is getting tempted to play Ntini ahead of Oram.

MI Playing XI: If Zaheer is still not fit, I don't expect any changes to the squad. But expect changes in the batting order, Jayasuria and Tendulkar might again form the destructive opening order for this crucial match.

Most Dangerous Players:
  1. Tendulkar: Tendulkar won the last match for Mumbai Indians when they played against Chennai Super Kings. So I am sure CSK's coaching staff are working out special plans to contain this esteemed player
  2. Malinga: On his day, he can destroy any batting order. Hope Hayden doesn't lose his wicket to this slinger
  3. Jayasuria: Any doubts about his ability to annihilate the opposition with his batting or bowling or fielding?
Royal Contests:
  1. Murali Vs Tendulkar: If Tendulkar comes in the middle order, it would be great to see the contest between Murali and Tendulkar. I am sure Dhoni has already given the responsibility of taking Tendulkar's wicket to Murali. Hope Murali wins this battle.
  2. Nayar Vs Balaji: In the last match betwen both the teams, Nayar's death overs cameo took them to a respectable total. I am sure Balaji would be looking for revenge today
  3. Hayden Vs Malinga
  • Chennai Super Kings: Though both the team look the same on paper, I am confident about Chennai Super Kings winning this match.
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