All conquering Deccan starting to roll
Depleted by star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's pull-out due to injury and struggling with poor form, last year's runners-up Chennai Super Kings start unlikely underdogs against rampaging table-toppers Deccan Chargers.
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai side have won just one of their four matches so far, losing two while splitting points in their fourth game against Kolkata Knight Riders following a wash-out.
Deccan, on the other hand, have been simply unstoppable winning all three of their matches, riding mostly on their good batting led by in-form skipper Adam Gilchrist.
In contrast, Chennai have been surprisingly off-colour and the only win they have managed so far came against bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The pullout by Flintoff, costliest player on the IPL roster along with Kevin Pietersen, has only added to their woes.
Opener Matthew Hayden's good form and the fact that he is available for the entire tournament seems to be the lone highlight of Chennai's campaign so far.
The burly Australian, who retired from international cricket last year, is the leading scorer of the tournament having accumulated 166 runs in three matches, including two fifties, at a strike rate of over 171.