Chennai Super Kings got back to winning ways with a comprehensive win in what was essentially a run feast at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangaluru. They face Lahore Lions at the same venue and it will no doubt be another high scoring match. Lahore Lions looked out of touch against KKR and surrendered meekly to the bowling of Narine and company. They have lost the first match in the main round and will be up against formidable opposition in CSK. Their batsmen will have to click in order to challenge the might of the CSK batsmen who are in great form at the moment.
CSK are one of the best teams throughout all the seasons of IPL and Champions League. They showed their batting and bowling depth against Dolphins to come out on top at a batting friendly pitch at the Chinnaswamy stadium. They will relish playing on the same ground again as they have some powerful batsmen in their lineup. McCullum, Raina, Smith and Dhoni will once again be eager to put up a big total and put the Lahore batsmen under pressure. There is no doubt that there will be plenty of fours and sixes from the Chennai side in this match.
Lahore Lions qualified to the group stage but did not show the same energy against KKR. The batsmen will be happier to play at Bangalore as the pitch suits batting. Nasir jamshedand Ahmed Shehzad need to give the team a good start in order to score big runs. Umar Akmal will be the key batsmen for Lahore Lions as he is in good touch currently. Hafeez is one of the best all-rounders in the world so he needs to start delivering with the bat as well for his team. The bowling for Lahore Lions has been one of the highlights. Riaz and Cheema will need to be at their best as spinners do not get a lot of help at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
It should be a good contest as CSK are on a high after a big win against Dolphins while Lahore Lions need to win in order to stay alive in the competition. Two out of two losses for Lahore may almost knock them out of the Champions League T20. Lahore will have to be aggressive from the start and field better if they want to prevail against the in-form Chennai. My money is on Chennai Super Kings in this match.
Chennai Super Kings – 1.40 @ Bet365