Super Kings target Daredevils' openers in attempt to equal scores

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New Delhi, May 7 (UNI) In an attempt to get back to winning ways after three successive losses, Chennai Super Kings will look to target the Delhi Daredevils' top order when they take on the home team at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, asserted their coach Kepler Wessels here today.

''The Daredevils' opening combination, both with the bowl and bat, is pretty good but we will have to overcome that and hopefully things will turn out to be in our favour tomorrow,'' Wessels said.

Delhi Daredevils' bowling attack is led by Glen McGrath and Mohammad Asif and the teams in the tournament have found it difficult to negotiate the two world class pacers. Their batsmen too, have produced some exceptional performances with captain Verender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir leading the way.

The absence of opener Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey have further dented the Super Kings' batting which even Wessels accepted but said there are some surprises in form of local players.

''Hayden and Hussey are two world class batsmen and obviously every team will miss the players of such great calibure.

''After losing three matches in a row there are a few things that needs to be worked upon, pressure is not much on us and we are keen to do well from now on.

''But we have a few new players coming in to the side and hopefully they will perform tomorrow,'' Wessels said hinting that there could be a cpouple of changes in Super Kings' playing XI tomorrow.

The Chennai Super Kings' started the tournament on a high and won four matches consecutively but from then on have slid down the table 1losing three matches one after the other.

The former South African captain, however, said it will be a tough task for any team to maintain consistency but seemed optimistic to come up the ladder.

''For any team momentum is very important. Since this is a long tournament with each side playing 14 matches in the league phase, so to remain consistent for 14 matches is a really tough job.

''We will try and play well. If you look at the points table, we are still in a strong position after seven matches,'' Wessels added.

Wessels outlined the performance of Daredevils' Glen McGrath who has picked up up seven wickets at an average of 21 in the tournament.

''McGrath has bowled exceptionally well in the tournament so far.

You always have to give him some because of his ability with the bowl.

''You have to very clever in order to unsettle him,'' he said.

But the coach said his team just can not afford to go by the names of its opponents.

''He is a tremendous asset to any side but as a batsmn you just can not play a bowler by his name.

''Every team works out a few startegies and even we have a figured out a few as well,'' Wessels said.


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