CSK vs DC: A week full of drama, exciting sporting action & nail-biting encounters. As a sports fan, there’s nothing more you can ask for. Liverpool came out of nowhere beating Barcelona 4-0 to reach the champions league finals. Delhi Capitals beat the Sunrisers from a very precarious position. Tottenham beat Ajax in the final seconds of the Champions League semi-finals. Hold your breath for yet another cracking encounter. The Chennai Super Kings take on the Delhi Capitals in 2nd qualifier & this for a place in the finals. The winners face Mumbai Indians who have only grown stronger.
Chennai were outclassed yet again by Mumbai Indians in the 1st qualifier. The turf was a rank turner & at their home venue, but CSK finished second best. Rahul Chahar has been mighty impressive with his wrist spinners & on the night of the qualifier 1, the crafty leggie was able to conjure his magic on the batters. He finished with figures of 4-0-14-2. Krunal Pandya conceded only 21 in his full quota of overs as CSK were restricted to a paltry 131. Surya Kumar Yadav’s unbeaten 71 & a timely 28 from Ishan Kishan saw the Mumbai Indians through to yet another IPL finals. Their 5th.
At Visakhapatnam, SRH had a decent record. The batsmen had to put up a decent score which they did. But, the bowling talent, which they rely on abundantly didn’t seem to work. Yes, Rashid Khan rose to the occasion once again, but it certainly wasn’t enough. Prithvi Shaw’s classy 56 off 38 got Delhi off to a flier. But when the batsmen started to depart, Rishab Pant accepted the batting onus & stamped his authority on the game. His 49 off 21 got them closer & Keemo Paul smashed the winning runs.
Appallingly, a win in this game will take Delhi to their first ever IPL finals. CSK, have been there done that numerous times. It’s the battle between the youngsters & the experienced campaigners.
When: 10th May 2019, Friday
Where: Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Match Start-Time: 7:30 PM IST
CSK thrashed Delhi in both the encounters this year. They beat them by 6 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla & at Chepauk, the yellow side won by 80 runs. Delhi have never won a playoff match & to go up against a side who thrives in crunch situations will be a task.
Matches Played: 20
CSK Won: 14
DC Won: 6
It’s pretty apparent as to who the favourites are. But MS Dhoni would be wary of the quality DC brings on to the IPL table. CSK are the favourites to win this fixture, but DC have come so far not to chicken away. They’ll certainly pack a punch.
PITCH CONDITIONS & PREVIOUS RECORDS
The pitch here at the VDCA Stadium plays in unison for both the spinners & the pacers. Rashid Khan was able to extract plenty of bounce & sharp turn from the turf. CSK have in their ranks, the quality of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh & Ravindra Jadeja. To alter their usage will be a test for MS, but the pacers also have to chip in. Variation in pace & certainly the slower bouncer seems to work on this wicket. Trent Boult has been disappointing this year but can he come good when his team needs him the most?
146 is the average 1st innings score on this wicket. The batsmen have to apply themselves & get on with stroke-making. Unless you’re a Prithvi Shaw or a Rishab Pant. Win the toss & field first on this wicket.
Dhruv Shorey for Murali Vijay will be one change they’ll be looking at. Harbhajan Singh has continued his fine form & is expected to feature in the eleven.
Delhi are expected to retain the same playing XI that took the field against the SunRisers. They wouldn’t want to tweak with their winning combination.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Faf Du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey/Murali Vijay, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishab Pant(wk), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma.
THE BATTLE OF THE KEEPERS
Master vs apprentice. Teacher vs student. Ms Dhoni vs Rishab Pant. 37-year-old vs a 21-year-old youngster. These glovemen has been in tremendous form this year. Rishab Pant can win you games out of nowhere & MS Dhoni is a phenom as far as chasing down targets is concerned.
Pant this year has scored 450 runs already. Scored 684 last year & 366 in 2017. How good has the southpaw become?
This year in the matches DC have won, Pant has scored 358 runs at 59.66. His strike-rate in these innings, a colossal 179.
MS Dhoni, on the other hand, has batted in 10 innings, scored 405 runs at 135.00 & has remained unbeaten 7 times. Just when you thought, the wise couldn’t get any wiser, Dhoni does this.
As far as keeping wickets are concerned, Pant has 23 dismissals to his name while the wily old fox has 13. MS has been lightning fast behind the stumps & his reflexes might any youngster to shame. That’s how good he’s become. We’re in for an absolute treat. Fasten your belts & watch these two marauders smash the leather off of the Kookaburra.
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAMS FOR CSK vs DC
Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant & Shikhar Dhawan have all scored 450+ runs this IPL season. For Chennai, only MS Dhoni has breached the 400 run-mark.
Imran Tahir is 2nd on the wicket-taking list with 23 wickets & is only 2 behind Kagiso Rabada’s 25. The pacer, however, managed 25 in 12 games.
CSK’s average age is 30. MS Dhoni(37), Harbhajan Singh(38) & Imran Tahir(39) are the senior pros while Delhi have 12 players who are under the age of 25.
The CSK spinners have taken 55 wickets this season, the most by any team this year. Tahir(23), Harbhajan(14), Jadeja(13), Mitchell Santner(4) & Karn Sharma(1).
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Match Timings – 19:30 IST
The prediction is for CSK to win the match.
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