Delhi to take on Chennai today
March 19, 2010
Delhi won both their away matches, against Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, but faltered at home, losing by a whopping 98 runs to Mumbai Indians.
Adding to their woes is the hamstring injury to captain Gautam Gambhir, making him a doubtful starter for Friday's match. Gambhir had been on field for barely 10 minutes before the hamstring injury forced him out.
Chennai, on the other hand, have played just two matches, winning the opener against Kolkata Knight Riders before losing at home to defending champions Deccan Chargers.
Chennai will be without talismanic skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who injured his elbow during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Delhi's campaign had been going perfectly with convincing triumphs over Punjab and Rajasthan until they were blown away by Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai.
Chennai suffered a similar fate against Deccan Chargers in their last match. Their bowlers failed to impress as Deccan posted 190 on the board and chasing the difficult target, the batting also failed to come good.
In the absence of Dhoni, Suresh Raina has been appointed the stand-in skipper of the team and it remains to be seen how the youngster responds to the responsibility that has landed on his shoulders.