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Face to face within two days

india Updated: Apr 27, 2011 07:56 IST
Amol Karhadkar

The Indian Premier League is more than 200 matches old. Yet, never in its history have two teams clashed against each other in less than 48 hours.

But Wednesday will see a first when the Pune Warriors India take on the Chennai Super Kings at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium.

After the face-off in the Super Kings' bastion on Monday, the teams are set to lock horns in the first of Wednesday's two matches.

Tight schedule
As both the teams flew down in on Tuesday, cricket was the last thing on the players' minds. "Forget about playing against each other, we don't even feel like looking at each other," joked a young Warrior. "But honestly, it's quite strange to play a team, travel the next day and again face the same opponents the day after."

Obviously, the junior didn't know the reason behind the strange schedule. Thanks to the elections in West Bengal and counting of votes in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the original fixtures had to be tweaked. As a result, the world will see Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh walking out for toss twice in less than two days.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/27_04_pg18a.jpg

Even-paced wicket
Despite the short gap, Pune's defeat on Monday will hardly have a bearing on Wednesday's game, thanks to the conditions. While the Chennai wicket was two-paced, having a lot in it for the spinners, the DY Patil track is tailormade for fast bowlers and batsmen who like the ball coming on to the bat.

As a result, Yuvraj's bunch will take heart from the fact that the defending champions had succumbed to the Mumbai Indians in similar conditions at the Wankhede Stadium last week.

More than thinking of CSK's strengths and weaknesses, Yuvraj and coach Geoff Marsh have to get the team's act together.

After starting with two successive victories, Pune seem to have forgotten how to win. And if they don't find the winning ways on Wednesday, it could well be too late for them.