|Finished.188/7 (20) - 190/3 (18.4)|
With one team not qualifying for the only time in their history and the other reaching their inaugural final, last year was a year of firsts for both the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Capitals. Now, they get to start anew. CSK will be eager to both compensate for last year’s mishap and close in on Mumbai Indians’ trophy count, while DC will look to have a league stage similar to last year and qualify for the playoffs once again - just in a less nerve-wracking way. CSK’s fight will be against a seemingly fading legacy of supremacy, while DC’s will be against a curse which they half-broke after 12 years of torment. Before the two teams face off, let’s take a look at how they stand.
Chennai Super Kings
Full IPL squad
MS Dhoni (c/wk), Narayan Jagadeesan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Suresh Raina, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harisankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore.
Chennai Super Kings predicted XI vs Delhi Capitals
MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Krishnappa Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara.
Chennai Super Kings preview and form
Into potentially his final year of IPLs, captaincy, and perhaps cricket itself, the aging patriarch of CSK will still be leading his team.
CSK as a team has a sharp contrast between its players, with two sets in the opposite twilights of their playing years.
The batting lineup consists of plenty of old faces, such as MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, and Cheteshwar Pujara, and a few that only regular IPL watches will know.
The Super Kings boast a number of solid all-rounders - Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, and Krishnappa Gowtham.
With Lungi Ngidi still in quarantine, it will be up to Shardul Thakur and/or Deepak Chahar and the all-rounders to pitch in with pace, while Krishnappa Gowtham, Karn Sharma, and/or Mitchell Santner work their spin magic.
After losing the final in 2019 by a narrow margin, CSK narrowly avoided the biggest of humiliations by coming in 2nd last year. Not the best of form for a team of such stature.
Chennai Super Kings key players vs Delhi Capitals
Faf du Plessis: Considering his form last year, du Plessis will be extremely important for CSK’s success.
Suresh Raina: Back in the side after a yearlong hiatus, Raina’s aim will be to restore CSK to its former glory.
Shardul Thakur: After a spectacular performance for India in Australia, Thakur will be eager to improve his IPL stats.
Krishnappa Gowtham: This might easily be Karn Sharma instead, but we expect either spinner to do well.
Full IPL squad
Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Anrich Nortje, Steven Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings (wk), Pravin Dubey, Vishnu Vinod (wk).
Delhi Capitals predicted XI vs Chennai Super Kings
Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Chris Woakes, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Curran, Steven Smith.
Delhi Capitals Preview and form
Shreyas Iyer’s unfortunate injury has put DC’s reins in the hands of young Rishabh Pant.
Pant will have plenty of strong batting support, with Prithvi Shaw seemingly back in form, and Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, and Steven Smith all there with tons of experience and skills, and Sam Billings and Shimron Hetmyer there to hit a few long ones if selected.
Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, and Axar Patel are all excellent all-rounders, but with Patel out with Covid-19, and South African quicks Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada still in quarantine, the other two will most likely make the team.
The absence of the aforementioned quicks will affect DC’s chances, and Ishant Sharma and/or Umesh Yadav will have plenty of pressure on them.
After reaching the final last year at long last, the Capitals will be keen on not only repeating the feat, but going one step further.
Delhi Capitals key players vs Chennai Super Kings
Rishabh Pant: The fearless young man will swipe at anything that he can send past the ropes.
Prithvi Shaw: Shaw has been in terrific touch in domestic matches, and with this match being in India, it’s his time to shine.
Ishant Sharma: Speaking of time to shine, an aging Ishant must play his best game to keep himself viable and relevant.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin has proven time and again that he is a dangerous adversary for any batsman.
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals pitch report and weather conditions
The Wankhede Stadium pitch will offer uncharacteristic pace and bounce for an Indian pitch, and allow for lots of runs to be made. The team winning the toss will probably prefer to chase, but either option is equally viable here. Whoever bats first should aim for 190+ to feel safe.
The weather in Mumbai couldn’t be any better for cricket, with the air not too hot, the winds not too harsh, and virtually no rain predicted. Expect uninterrupted play.
Can the Super Kings begin a journey of redemption after last year’s failure? Or will the Capitals resume their good form from yesteryear? Find out if our CSK vs DC predictions come true on Saturday!
|CSK Top Batsman:|
|F du Plessis|
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|Players to score a fifty:|
|F du Plessis/S Raina (CSK), R Pant/P Shaw (DC)|