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DC vs CSK | Match 5 | IPL 2019 | FanFight Fantasy Cricket Preview | The Kings travel to the Capital

DC vs CSK | Match 5 | IPL 2019 | FanFight Fantasy Cricket Preview | The Kings travel to the Capital

DC vs CSK: Two contrasting starts, a win each for both the teams and two crucial points earned. The Capitals host the Kings in the 5th game of the Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Chennai hosted the season’s opener and what a shocking start it turned out to be. 9 RCB batsmen couldn’t enter double figures & the CSK run-makers took 17.1 overs to chase down a measly 71. Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja & Imran Tahir were impossible to handle while Ambati Rayudu did the job, yet again, for the defending champions. The Super Kings have every department heavily loaded and they certainly are the favourites for this fixture.

The Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, put up 213 runs on the board in their 20 overs against the tentative beginners, Mumbai Indians. Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram got Delhi off to a decent start but it was the young Rishab Pant again, who went berserk, again. An unbeaten 77* of 27 helped Delhi beat MI by a massive 37 runs. How will the young Delhi squad fare against an experienced CSK unit?

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MATCH DETAILS

Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

When: 26th March 2019, Tuesday

Kick-Off Time: 8:00 PM IST

HEAD-TO-HEAD DC vs CSK

The Chennai Super Kings have won 66.33% of the games played between the two teams. To be more precise, they lead the head-to-head battle, 12-6. At Delhi’s home ground, CSK’s win % remains the same. They’ve won 4 games out of 6. However, the last time these two teams met at the Kotla, the yellow army were beaten by 34 runs.

PITCH CONDITIONS

The average first innings at the Kotla is a high 163. The turf here is batting friendly & the dimensions of the ground make boundary-hitting relatively easy. 67 IPL games have been played at this venue. The team batting first have won 32, while the team batting second have won 34.

The highest score at this venue: 231/4 by DC vs KXIP

The Lowest score at the Kotla: 66/10 by DC vs MI

TEAM NEWS

Both teams are expected to remain unchanged for this fixture. CSK played 3 spinners at Chepauk. The only replacement might be the introduction of David Willey for a spinner. Imran Tahir, (who played for Delhi Daredevils)has a phenomenal record at this venue. He’s picked 17 wickets in 11 games averaging 15.4 at 6.9 runs per over.

EXPECTED PLAYING XI (DC vs CSK)

Delhi Capitals

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma.

Chennai Super Kings

Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh/Imran Tahir, David Willey.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR DC vs CSK

Rishab Pant is the next big thing in Indian cricket. His ball-striking ability has only gotten better with time & at the Kotla, with shorter boundaries, anything around the middle-stump will be deposited over the mid-wicket boundary. Pant finished 2nd on the table for the highest run-getters in IPL 2018 & since then the dashing southpaw hasn’t stopped scoring. His contribution in Australia helped India win a test series & on current form he’s right up there with the absolute best ball-strikers. Pant scored a 27-ball 77* smashing 7 hits over the boundary. How many will he score at his home ground?

Rishab Pant in IPL 2018
Matches 14
Runs 684
Average 52.61
S/R 173. 60
Highest Score 128*
6’s  37
Balls/Boundary 3.7

He’s not flashy, doesn’t play boisterous strokes, but calmly does his job. Ambati Rayudu is as versatile as a player can get. Even when he’s going hammer & tongs, Rayudu doesn’t lose his shape. His strike-rate last year was an impressive 149.75. Well, I might need to reiterate on my “does his job calmly” bit. But, that’s how good Ambati Rayudu is. At Chepauk, where the batsmen struggled to find the meat of the bat, Rayudu drove on the rise & did it ever so effortlessly. How many runs will this talented Hyderabadi score against Delhi? Will he be the game changer tomorrow?

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