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Chennai looking for the right formula

Twenty20 cricket is about experiments. If they pay off, it is great but in case they don't it makes the moves look stupid. Shalabh Manocha reports.Face off | Points table

india Updated: Apr 30, 2012 01:41 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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Twenty20 cricket is about experiments. If they pay off, it is great but in case they don't it makes the moves look stupid.

That's what happened with defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the game against Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday in Chennai where the former fell short by 7 runs chasing 156.

The franchise owners will hope that their skipper MS Dhoni doesn't repeat those tactical mistakes against an in form Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.

The area where Dhoni really needs to get it right is his batting order. Even on Saturday had he come in to bat before Wrridhiman Saha the result could have gone in his favour, as that would have given him more time to settle down especially with his ability to finish tight games.

"We made some mistakes in the batting order especially on this slow wicket," the CSK skipper had accepted after the game.

What makes the move questionable is what the teams that have do well in the tournament so far have done.

One common thing what teams like Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have done is that they have sent their best batsmen up the order and reaped the benefits.

Where to fit in Hussey?
A reason, why the CSK camp shouldn't still press the panic button is because their one of the most successful batsman Michel Hussey could play against KKR.

Hussey was expected to join the team on Sunday, as both teams took a break from practice as having played a game a day ago. The issue which the think tank will discuss a lot is where to accommodate the Aussie left-hander as only four overseas can be a part the eleven.

"He has been a match winner for us and will surely be accommodated," said Faf du Plessis.

The opener filled well in Hussey's shoes also added that he was ready to bat down the order if the team requires him to. If Hussey plays which also given another spin bowling option, the player most likely to lose his place is Albie Morkel but he has performed well.

Meanwhile Gautam Gambhir's team who are second in the table have improved with every outing.

First Published: Apr 30, 2012 00:05 IST

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