Battered and bruised after five consecutive losses, Delhi Daredevils would look to infuse some life into their Pepsi Indian Premier League campaign when they take on an inconsistent but disciplined Chennai Super Kings here on Thursday.
Daredevils, who suffered a morale-shattering loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Super Over in Bangalore Tuesday night, would have to quickly get their act together.
The absence of key foreign players through injuries, especially the big-hitting Englishman Kevin Pietersen and New Zealander Jesse Ryder, has hurt the team's chances badly this season.
Delhi's sorry state of affairs could be gauged from the fact that this was the same franchise which, last season, became the first team to reach the playoffs and was among the title contenders.
Languishing at the bottom of the points table in IPL-6, the Daredevils need nothing less than a miracle to turn things around in their favour and stay afloat in the championship.
On the other hand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings are coming into this game having suffered a shocking 24-run defeat at the hands of laggards Pune Warriors.
Barring S Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja, their batsmen failed miserably against the Warriors as they could only score 135 in 20 overs while chasing 160 to win.
Two-time champions, CSK are placed seventh in the points table with four points from as many games.
But the visitors have resources in abundance and it will be an uphill task for Delhi. It would be interesting to see what strategy the Daredevils employ against a strong CSK. More preview
In 2012, Chennai Super Kings played Delhi Daredevils thrice - two home matches and one away - and won two home matches convincingly with Murali Vijay being the star performer for the team.
May 25, 2012 - CSK v DD - Chennai Super Kings won by 86 runs
In 2011, Chennai Super Kings won their solitary home match by 18 runs. Skipper Dhoni led from the front with a gutsy 63 to post 176. In reply, Delhi team could only muster 158.
In 2010 edition, it was one each for both the teams. In their away match, Chennai's Matthew Hayden went berserk with his blistering 93 while chasing Delhi Daredevils target of 185. Suresh Raina and Badrinath's useful contributions ensured it was an easy five wicket win.
In their home match, Chennai faltered to hand over Delhi an facile victory.