Kolkata, May 16 (UNI) Mahinder a Singh Dhoni today led his Chennai Super King to a gruelling practice schedule aiming to repeat result of home match when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens in a day-night play on Sunday.
With bitter memory of getting hammered by Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya, who single handedly steered struggling Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians to victory on Wednesday, Chennai boys had useful practice session under watchful eyes of coach Kepler Wessels at Eden.
With massive crowd support, the multi-billion dollars maiden eight-team DLF's Indian Premier League has come to a very interesting stage to almost third quarter of the 56 home-and-away league cricket among six contenders.
With two star studded sides -Bangalore and Hyderabad- are now virtually out of reckoning, contest among Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai for a semifinal berth is expected to be a close finish.
Jaipur and Mohali with 14 and 12 points respectively from nine outings each, Chennai have rated Kolkata match on a high priority list.
After three consecutive defeats, favourites Chennai came down to a tricky third in pole position with 12 points from ten matches and take seriously Kolkata, who are arguably best bowling squad after Shoaib Akhtar's entry.
Two practice sessions-today and tomorrow and getting acclimatise with local weather condition before showdown were very useful, Dhoni said on the sidelines in between practice.
M Goni, M Ntini. M Muralitharan, J Sharma and others had useful net practice bowling their batsmen- Vidyut, Fleming, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni and others during 120 minutes at Eden.
Chennai Super King arrived here yesterday.
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