Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s much-awaited promotion in the batting order will be an area of interest when Chennai Super Kings strive to pick up pieces against a confident Delhi Capitals in their third IPL encounter on Friday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The shock defeat against Rajasthan Royals on a batting belter at Sharjah could be primarily attributed to a poor show by their spinners along with a disastrous 20th over but the batsmen can’t absolve themselves completely, especially Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav and the skipper himself.
Dhoni had come in to bat at number seven, promoting the likes of Sam Curran, Jadhav and Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of himself but the ploy backfired badly leaving Faf du Plessis with too much work in too little time. While his fans still swear by his six-hitting ability, a closer look would show that Dhoni is unable to change the gears against express pace and it was only when Tom Curran came with his medium-fast, Dhoni launched an attack. That too when the match as a contest was over.
However on a big Dubai ground with bigger-sized boundaries, the skipper can rotate the strike better unlike Sharjah and also take those extra deliveries to settle down.
For Delhi Capitals, winning a cliffhanger right at the onset would have given them a lot of confidence even though Ravichandran Ashwin’s probable absence after a shoulder injury could force them to reshuffle their bowling line-up. Senior spinner Amit Mishra could be an option to partner Axar Patel in case Ashwin is unable to make it. The cushion of bigger boundaries can always help a wrist spinner attack more by tossing the ball up.
Another aspect will be pacer Mohit Sharma’s performance. While Mohit got KL Rahul at the beginning but his loose deliveries at the back-end made things difficult for the Capitals even as Kagiso Rabada bowled tightly at one end. Against a side like CSK which revels in attacking the last 10 overs, the Capitals might like to try Harshal Patel, who is also a handy batsman at any number having opened in domestic cricket. This is if Ishant Sharma, who is still nursing an ankle injury is available.
Can DC overcome the odds and secure three points against the favourites CSK, or will it be another big upset of Indian Premier League? Interestingly, the stats are in favour of Chennai Super Kings.
Dream 11 IPL 2020 CSK vs DC Head-to-Head:
CSK and DC have locked horns 21 times out of which the MS Dhoni-led side has won 15 times. Shreyas Iyer and side would like to lessen the gap a little by winning at Dubai stadium.
|Played||CSK Won||DC Won||Tie||No Result|
|1||2008||2008 IPL||Chennai||DC||8 wickets||Virender Sehwag – DC – 1/21 and 71 (41)|
|2||2008||2008 IPL||Delhi||CSK||4 wickets||MS Dhoni – CSK – 33 (33)|
|3||2009||2009 IPL||Durban||DC||9 runs||AB de Villiers – DC – 105* (54)|
|4||2009||2009 IPL||Johannesburg||CSK||18 runs||Shadab Jakati – CSK – 13 (8) and 4/24|
|5||2010||2010 IPL||Delhi||CSK||5 wickets||Matthew Hayden – CSK – 93 (43)|
|6||2010||2010 IPL||Chennai||DD||6 wickets||Gautam Gambhir – DC – 57* (56)|
|7||2011||2011 IPL||Chennai||CSK||18 runs||MS Dhoni – CSK – 63* (31)|
|8||2012||2012 IPL||Delhi||DC||8 wickets||Morne Morkel – DC – 2/19|
|9||2012||2012 IPL||Chennai||CSK||9 wickets||Ben Hilfenhaus – CSK – 3/27|
|10||2012||2012 IPL||Chennai||CSK||86 runs||Murali Vijay – CSK – 113 (58)|
|11||2013||2013 IPL||Delhi||CSK||86 runs||Michael Hussey – CSK – 65* (50)|
|12||2013||2013 IPL||Chennai||CSK||33 runs||MS Dhoni – CSK – 58* (35)|
|13||2014||2014 IPL||Abu Dhabi||CSK||93 runs||Suresh Raina – CSK – 56 (41)|
|14||2014||2014 IPL||Delhi||CSK||8 wickets||Dwayne Smith – CSK – 79 (51)|
|15||2015||2015 IPL||Chennai||CSK||1 run||Ashish Nehra – CSK – 3/25|
|16||2015||2015 IPL||Raipur||DC||6 wickets||Zaheer Khan – DC – 2/9|
|17||2018||2018 IPL||Pune||CSK||13 runs||Shane Watson – CSK – 78 (40)|
|18||2018||2018 IPL||Delhi||DC||34 runs||Harshal Patel – DC – 36* (16) and 1/23|
|19||2019||2019 IPL||Delhi||CSK||6 Wickets||S Watson – CSK – 44(26)|
|20||2019||2019 IPL||Chennai||CSK||80 runs||MS Dhoni-CSK- 44*(22)|
|21||2019||2019 IPL||Vizag||CSK||6 Wickets||Faf du Plessis- CSK- 50(39)|
Dream 11 IPL 2020 CSK vs DC Predictions:
Chennai Super Kings Probable XI: Shane Watsoon, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni (c), Kedar Jadhav, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar
Delhi Capitals Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabadda, R Ashwin/ Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Anrich Nortje, Shimron Hetmyer
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