One match is what remains between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Delhi Capitals (DC) and the final of the Indian Premier League 2019 edition. The second qualifier will be played on Friday between CSK and DC at Vizag, with a final place against Mumbai Indians (MI) at stake.
CSK finished second in the group stage, but then lost the first qualifier against MI by six wickets. DC finished third in the group stage and got the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the eliminator.
With an experienced squad CSK are expected to go far once again, but their recent form has been poor. They have lost five of their last seven matches and look to have lost momentum ahead of this crucial fixture.
Batting has faltered for CSK, with only MS Dhoni scoring consistently. Suresh Raina has a great record in the playoffs, but is yet to fire for CSK. Same is the case with Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis, who have been inconsistent. Thankfully, their bowling led by Imran Tahir has been consistently among the wickets.
DC have brought a change of attitude to their game this season. Youngsters Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw have been at the forefront of the change, with Shikhar Dhawan contributing his own. That can be seen in their run of five wins in their last six games.
The absence of ‘Purple Cap’ holder Kagiso Rabada hasn’t affected DC’s plans. Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra have lent their experience, while Keemo Paul has added exuberance. DC will, however, be wary of their recent record of ten losses in the last 12 matches against CSK.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Rishabh Pant’s new-found consistency is a boon for DC. With his ability to find the big strikes consistently, the hard hitting ‘keeper is a must in your fantasy side.
Imran Tahir is another consistent performer, whose ability to pick up wickets makes him a definite for your playing XI.
Shreyas Iyer can be a silent performer in the midst of all strong hitters of DC. His calm ability to accumulate runs could be a blessing for your selection.
CSK: 1 Shane Watson 2 Faf du Plessis 3 Murali Vijay 4 Suresh Raina 5 MS Dhoni (C & WK) 6 Ambati Rayudu 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Dwayne Bravo 9 Deepak Chahar 10 Harbhajan Singh 11 Imran Tahir
DC: 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Prithvi Shaw 3 Shreyas Iyer (C) 4 Rishabh Pant (WK) 5 Colin Munro 6 Sherfane Rutherford 7 Axar Patel 8 Keemo Paul 9 Amit Mishra 10 Trent Boult 11 Ishant SharmaJoin Dream11 today and compete in real money fantasy cricket contests for the Indian Premier League! Click the banner below for more details!