The Chennai Super Kings will probably still be wondering just how they managed to come away from their opening Champions League T20 2014 match without a victory, with the Kolkata Knight Riders, seemingly dead and buried in the chase, coming from nowhere to pull off an eventually comfortable victory.
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MS Dhoni will know there is no more room for complacency or taking your eye off the ball in this CLT20 2014, and a victory over Dolphins at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday will be paramount if they are to stay on course for a semifinal place.
CSK put in an underwhelming performance with the bat on Wednesday, managing just 157 for four in their 20 overs on a perfect batting wicket.
Dhoni acknowledged, after the game, that his team had just not got enough runs on the board, as Andre Miller and Ryan Ten Doeschate starred with the bat for the Knight Riders, chasing down the total with an over to spare after Ashish Nehra had done plenty of damage at the top of the innings.
Nehra's form with the ball would have pleased Dhoni, and the CSK skipper will hope for more of the same from his left-arm fast bowler against the Dolphins.
"It was a very good start for me but it makes less sense when the team loses," Nehra told CLT20's official website. "It would have been much better had we won. However, I am in a good rhythm and hopefully I will win the next few games for the team."
Bat or bowl first, Dhoni will know the importance of his star openers – Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum – giving CSK a good start at the top of the innings, a start from which the likes of Suresh Raina, Faf Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and the skipper himself can take advantage of.
Looking to stop CSK from picking up their first win of the CLT20 2014 will be the South African T20 champions the Dolphins, who themselves are desperate for a win, after their last-gasp loss to the Perth Scorchers, when Mitchell Marsh struck two consecutive sixes to give the Australian side a dramatic victory.
"It was always going to be a tight game," said Dolphins batsman Khayelihle Zondo, who scored a brilliant unbeaten 63, about the previous match. "With 164 runs on the board, it is always this way or that way in a Twenty20 game nowadays. It was a tight game but a good game of cricket. We would have loved for it to go our way."