The old Chennai Super Kings players, with their uncanny ability to own the big stage at the right time, will start off as favorites against a strong line-up of Delhi Capitals. ‘Young contender’ Rishabh Pant Sunday promises to be the first exciting IPL qualifier here.
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.
Ahead of IPL 2021 Qualifier 1, let’s look at DC vs CSK key figures and numbers:
CSK is ahead of DC Delhi in terms of one-on-one records in IPL. In 25 clashes, CSK have won 15 games while DC have emerged victorious 10 times.
However, the tables have changed a lot in the recent season of IPL. In the last five matches played between the two sides, DC lead four games to one.
At the Dubai International Stadium, DC are 2-0 up in the face-off as CSK will aim to close that gap after today’s clash.
DC emerged victorious on both the occasions in IPL 2021. They won the first match by seven wickets and recently went on to win the last ball by three wickets.
Close to Milestone:
- CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo needs just one wicket to become the first bowler to take 550 wickets in T20 cricket.
- Bravo is also 2 wickets away from overtaking Amit Mishra to become the second highest wicket-taker in IPL history. Bravo has 165 and Mishra has 166 wickets. Lasith Malinga (170) tops this list.
- DC skipper Rishabh Pant needs 59 runs to complete 2,500 runs in the Indian Premier League.
- DC all-rounder Axar Patel is five wickets away from completing 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League.
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, Anrique Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala Praveen Dubey, Tom