CSK vs DC: It is the battle of the biggies where the top two teams of the league are set to lock horns to show their dominance on each other. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face Delhi Capitals (DC) at their home ground in Chennai, in the 50th match of this IPL.
While both the teams have already qualified for the playoffs, this game will certainly determine who is going to top the table by the end of the 1st-leg of the tournament. Delhi Capitals on Sunday had dethroned the Chennai Super Kings from the Number 1 spot in the league standings. It was CSK who has been glued to the Number 1 position in the IPL points table for long but have now slipped to the 2nd spot. CSK also tasted defeat against the Mumbai Indians (MI), taking their run-rate in negative.
THE LEAGUE FOR CSK & DC
CSK, suffering a loss in their previous game will, by all means, look to make a strong comeback in this game. This is also their last home game, which would make it even more important for them to win. However, the big concern for them is the absence of their captain MS Dhoni. MSD is currently down with a fever, which also forced him to sit out of the previous match against the MI. His return back to the squad will surely multiply their energy levels and the team would be hoping for his speedy recovery. Even their star all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja is unwell and might be rested in this fixture too.
Delhi Capitals are coming into this game with their head up-high after registering their entry into the playoffs and by getting on the top of the table. They will be high on their confidence and the team will be eyeing to disappoint the hosts and seal the victory here and avenge their previous defeat at their home ground. Shreyas Iyer has been phenomenal as a captain, leading their team to consecutive victories. He has also been in good touch with the bat and has delivered whenever the team needs him.
The pitch at Chepauk proved to be a great one for the spinners. In CSK’s last game against Mumbai Indians, the pitch turned significantly as the match progressed. Taking a cue from this match, both team may look at bringing in more spinners to the squad. The weather forecasts presence of dew during the match, however, we still recommend the team winning the toss to elect to bat first, from our learning of the pitch from the last encounter. The team batting first, should look to post a total of 160-170.
The temperature in Chennai is expected to hover in the range of 36-38 degree Celsius. The skies will be covered in clouds on the whole of Wednesday. The big cause of concern will be the high humidity in the city. There are minimal chances of rain.
Chennai Super Kings have won the majority of the 19 games they played against Delhi Capitals. CSK have won 13 games, while DC have just 6 wins to their name. The difference in winning ratio is mostly unaffected when comparing the stats specifically at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. CSK have won 5 games, with DC winning the remaining 2 games, out of the total 6 games played in CSK’s home ground.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
The big news for CSK fans is that MS Dhoni will continue to be absent from the side. His place will be taken by Narayan Jagadeesan. However, the possible return of Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis, who were spotted training with the team, might bring some relief to the fans. Their return might cost either of Dhruv Shorey, Mitchell Santner or Murali Vijay, their place in the playing XI. Raina will continue to captain the side.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina (C), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, N Jagadeesan (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
DC are in great form, and their entire team is to credit. Every player has contributed their share, to ensure DC becomes the second team to proceed to playoffs. Hence, there isn’t a major reason for the franchise to look for changes. Fortunately, their team is struggling with any injuries too, hence eliminating every need for replacements. Key players in DC’s side will be the opener: Prithvi Shaw, the consistent ones: Dhawan and Iyer, and the aggressive: Pant.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada.
One DC batsmen is in the list of top 10 contenders of the Orange Cap. Shikhar Dhawan is at number 4 on the list with 451 runs at a strike rate of 137.08. From the other side, CSK, not one batsman could make to the list.
The bowling department is dominated by 2 CSK bowlers. Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar, with 17 and 15 wickets respectively, are at 3rd and 6th spot on the list of highest wicket-takers this season. However, it is DC’s Kagiso Rabada, who sits on the top of this chart, with 25 wickets.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
Faf du Plessis – CSK
Shikhar Dhawan – DC
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for the team batting first to win the game.