The old guard of Chennai Super Kings with an uncanny ability to own the big stage at the right time, will start as the favorites against a solid Delhi Capitals led by ‘young contender’ Rishabh Pant in a thrilling maiden IPL 2021 qualifier. promises to be. on Sunday.
The Capitals were the best team in the league and their 20-point finish on the group stage was a sign of their consistent performance, which did not diminish due to the forced break of COVID-19.
Similarly, CSK are now back in the familiar setting of the play-off round, something they have done 11 out of 12 times, although losing three matches on the bounce does not please their almighty captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
DC, on the other hand, suffered a setback in their last group league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by hitting a six off the last ball of Kona Bharat. It didn’t change his pole position, but it did enough to shake him with his stunner.
CSK, over the years, have been in the last eight times and won on three occasions which speaks volumes about the team’s ability to lift its game when it is needed the most.
This is the reason why CSK is not one of those franchises that brings in dozens of new talent like other franchises. Ruturaj Gaikwad is an exception as he can be called a pure CSK product after more than a decade.
Dhoni has a simple cricketing philosophy — relying on tried and tested individuals who are battle-hardened and thus has always looked to the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis Is.
These are players who have been there and done that. Those who can control the stages and conquer pressure situations that often do not result in victory.
Add Josh Hazlewood or Moeen Ali, who are international regulars in that mix and the former India captain knows what kind of combination to park him.
As much is said about the team effort, no one knows more than Dhoni that T20 is perhaps a form of cricket where individuals win matches.
Dhoni knows that even though his batting form (96 runs in 14 matches) has deserted him years ago (since 2015-16) and IPL legends like Raina (160 in 12 matches) his once-destructive self is a testament to him. There is a hazy shadow, yet it is Gaikwad (533 runs) and du Plessis (546) who have not given solid starts more often than not and Jadeja (227 runs) providing the final flourish.
Similarly, Shardul Thakur (18 wickets in 14 matches) has conceded runs at an expensive economy rate of 8.57 but still the successes are significant. No one knows more than Dwayne Bravo (12 wickets) how batsmen can be fooled by changing the speed of their balls at death.
Hazlewood hasn’t found form but Dhoni has a lot of patience in the players he believes in and is relying on that devastating first spell from the Aussie which can wreak havoc.
It could be against Delhi Capitals, as despite 10 wins their batting hasn’t exactly inspired the highest level of confidence. Prithvi Shaw (401 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (544 runs) have started their share, but they have not dominated the UAE leg.
Captain Pant (362 runs) has been the best and Marcus Stoinis’ absence due to injury affected his balance as he lacked big hitters except Shimron Hetmyer.
DC’s strength has been their bowling attack – Avesh Khan (22 wickets), Axar Patel (15 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (13 wickets) and Enrique Nortje, who have taken nine wickets but have an economy rate of 5.59 in six matches.
DC’s bowling attack has been right on the money without going to the cleaners but Pant will hope that the rule of average does not hold them in place and Nortje and Rabada are able to trouble Gaikwad with short deliveries, the weak point of the Maharashtra batsman. Used to be.
But yes, Dhoni will also admit that his last season for CSK along with Raina and Rayudu Willow would like to make some tangible contributions.
Even the captain needs to put his hand up as he is no longer able to handle the raw pace.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur. R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gautam, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagat Verma, C Hari Nishant.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripple Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Enrique Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala , Praveen Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
When will the IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings start?
IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings is going to start at 07:30 PM. The toss will take place on Sunday (October 10) at 07:00 PM.
Where is the IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings being held?
The IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Which TV channel will broadcast IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings?
The IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will be broadcast live on Star Sports 2/HD.
Where can I watch the live streaming of IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings?
The live streaming of IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will be available on Hotstar app and website. You can also watch live commentary/scorecard and latest match updates here on zeenews.india.com.