IPL Betting: Super Kings need to win
Chennai have won only four of their ten games so far.
The Super Kings look to Tobias Gourlay as though they might be dethroned at home in their next IPL match-up against the Chargers.
The Super Kings are not smoking this season. MS Dhoni's champions might have the nerve to win the final again, but first they must be sure they finish in the top four of the table.
Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara is now ready to lead from the front. After scratching around upon his arrival in India, he dropped himself for a game. That seemed to do the job and he top-scored in Deccan's last match.
Dale Steyn leads the bowlers. He got hit around a bit last time out, but that usually only makes him more dangerous for subsequent opponents.
Venue & conditions
Spinners have liked the MA Chidambaram Stadium ever since a gawky leggie called Naredra Hirwani took 16 wickets on Test debut in 1988. The pitches tend to be a bit better prepared now, but the boundaries are still big.
The teams batting first have only broken 160 twice in six games this season, going on to win only 2/6. Chennai themselves have batted first three times, winning on only one occasion.
Chennai have won only four of their ten games so far. Deccan are the only team to have won a smaller percentage of their matches overall, but they have two wins in three recently and it's not clear that the Super Kings, who have been beaten in each of their two most recent home games, should be 1.65 favourites.
Top Chennai Batsman
Faf du Plessis is the only Super King who can claim to have had an outstanding IPL5 to this point. The local heroes, Raina and Dhoni, are still to break the 200-run barrier, but the South African has competition now. Mike Hussey has arrived from Australia. He opened in his first game and made 18 before getting run out.
Top Deccan Batsman
Sangakkara (82) and White (74) put on 157 together last time out. That was the highest partnership of this year's tournament. Sangakkara's score almost matched the 83 runs he'd accrued in five previous IPL5 innings. White's knock took him closer to Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the Deccan run chart. Both of those two now have two fifties for the season.
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