Having faltered in their opening tie against Mumbai Indians, Dhoni & would be keen to get their act together and tame the Cape Cobras in their encounter on Wednesday.
Super Kings batsman S Badrinath said the side would focus on bowling well in the final few overs. “It’s important to bowl well in the last leg. That’s when the new ball comes on well to the bat and if we can restrict them in the Powerplay overs, it would be tough to get our bowlers away after that, considering the quality of our attack.”
With Doug Bollinger milked for 37 runs off a crucial 3.5 overs by Mumbai, Dhoni is left with a lot of thinking to do over his bowling options. Murali Vijay, who looked almost helplessness against Malinga, would also have to rediscover his touch.
Suresh Raina, in contrast, typified economy and lethality scalping two wickets, while giving away a stingy six runs off two overs. The skipper could also draw some solace from the crackling form that Aussie teammate Michael Hussey has been in. Proving to be the lone warhorse as wickets fell around him, Hussey battled to anchor the side to a respectable total against Mumbai.
New South Wales Blues will be looking to capitalise on the absence of Trinidad & Tobago’s Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo to do a re-run of the 2009 CLT20 final when the two sides face off on Wednesday.
Pollard and Bravo were part of the West Indian outfit two seasons ago when T&T finished runners-up. Both sides are placed on an even keeling, having lost their respective opening encounters. While T&T will be keen to make amends for their narrow defeat to Mumbai Indians in a last-ball thriller, the Australian side would want to bury the ghosts of their last match, having slumped to a seven-wicket defeat against Cape Cobras.
NSW are a superior side on paper – boasting of a robust batting line-up with the likes of Shane Watson and David Warner – but have not quite played to their potential yet. Inability to build on a good start made by the openers cost the Aussie side dearly.