The Lions , on their part, will seek to continue their winning ways having convincingly beaten champions Mumbai Indians in their opener. But the slower Cape Town is likely to be more to the IPL team’s liking and their spinners, Aswin, Jadeja and Raina, could make the difference in an expectedly low-scoring match.
CSK skipper Dhoni must be justifiable pleased with the batting form of du Plessis giving the edge to a batting line up that is already formidable including the likes of Hussey, Raina and Dhoni himself. In relatively seam-friendly conditions, Morkel and Kulasekara could prove better bets than Bollinger or Hilfenhaus. Jakati could replace Yo Mahesh to give his side an additional spin bowling option.
The Lions have a top heavy batting line up but nobody’s complaining as long as the likes of de Kock, McKenzie, Bodi and Petersen fire which they did and rather effectively against Mumbai indians. CSK will however seek early wickets to get at the weak underbelly that is the Lions’ middle order.
The real strength of the local team, however, lies in its bowling led by Nannes and Tanveer. Phangiso’s slow left armers were very effective and the bowler is unlikely to forget the trouble he gave Sachin Tendulkar who missed getting stumped only to be bowled two balls later.
The local team managed to make a meal of MI but CSK’s depth of winning experience might prove to be one hunt too many for the Lions.
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