No Dwayne Bravo, no problem.
The Chennai Super Kings were without the 30-year-old all-rounder on Monday night against the Delhi Daredevils, and as the team's official Twitter feed noted, they will be without him for the rest of the IPL season:
The bad news is that @newbigdog's injury is serious and he is ruled out of IPL.— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 21, 2014
His absence had no ill effect on the club's performance at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, though, as the Super Kings rolled to a clinical 93-run win over Delhi.
Suresh Raina led the way with a transcendent outing, crushing 56 off 41 balls. He also tallied three catches, as the Super Kings posted 177 to the Daredevils' painfully putrid 84 in 15.4 overs.
The IPL's Twitter feed provided a snapshot of Raina celebrating his Man of the Match performance:
It's an important victory for Chennai, who narrowly lost to Kings XI Punjab in their first match, while the Daredevils are in early trouble after a second defeat in a row.
Here's a look at the complete table.
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||2||2||0||0||4|
|Kings XI Punjab||2||2||0||0||4|
|Chennai Super Kings||2||1||1||0||2|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||2||1||1||0||2|
Match 9 Preview: Kings XI Punjab vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Looking to nab two points after an opening-match defeat at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have the unfortunate task of meeting a scorching-hot Kings XI Punjab side.
Behind Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, Kings XI have run rampant through their first two fixtures, tallying 206 against Chennai and 193 against Rajasthan to propel themselves to the top of the table.
Maxwell, the 25-year-old Australian, crushed an absurd 95 off just 43 in the win over Chennai, while Miller smacked 54 off 37 in the same match.
After the superb batting performance, The Big Show talked about the win before confirming what we've all started to suspect—he's not human:
The Kings XI bowlers haven't been nearly as dominant, though, allowing 205 and 191, and that should give the underdogs an opportunity to keep things close. After an average batting night that netted them just 133 in their first match, Hyderabad will have to bounce back with the bats if they want to have a chance of getting two points in this one.
Who will win?
Expect an enthralling match, but as long as the Kings XI continue to play the way they have, they'll extend their rampaging, undefeated start.