The top two teams Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals will have a clash tonight at Chepauk. Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs in VIVO IPL 2019. The two teams have 16 points from 12 matches, and DC is sitting above CSK just because of its better NRR. In today’s match, the winner will secure the top two spot for sure.
In VIVO IPL 2019, CSK is the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Unfortunately, they have lost the momentum last few matches. CSK has the best start among all teams in this season. They have won seven matches on first eight matches. But in the last four games, they have won only one match. In their last encounter with Mumbai Indians, they suffered a loss without Dhoni and Jadeja due to illness. They have restricted MI in 155/4, but they failed to chase as they got all out in 109 runs.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals are the 2nd team to qualify for the playoffs. They are the table topper at the current scenario. The team has won six matches on their last seven matches. Out of six wins, four wins were in away fields. Finally, the management could get the right combination on their team. As a result, DC has qualified for the playoffs after six years. The team has different match winners, which you must have noticed, five different players have won the man of the match prize in last six wins.
CSK vs DC Rivalry
Chennai Super Kings have hosted Delhi Capitals seven times at Chepauk. They have a good track record with five wins, whereas DC has won only two matches. CSK has the supremacy in the overall head to head stats also. They have met each other 19 times in IPL. CSK has demolished DC 13 times, whereas DC could win only six times so far.
On their last encounter at Kotla stadium, CSK had a comfortable victory by six wickets. Except for Rayudu, all batsmen of CSK have contributed well to win the match.
Players to watch
The main worry of CSK is Suresh Raina. The veteran left handing batsmen to have 350+ scores in last 11 seasons, but in this season he could score only 247 runs with only two remaining league matches. Raina comes in no.3 position in batting. 1st down batsman plays a vital role as it is a crucial position. Raina has to recover from his poor form as soon as possible. Kedar Jadhav has scored only 56 runs in last seven innings. The team management should focus on the middle order batting line up.
Shikhar Dhawan is a constant run scorer. On first six matches, he has scored at a strike rate of 116.03. Then he has changed his gear to make runs quickly with the strike rate of 151.05. Skipper Shreyas Iyer has taken the burden on his shoulder by batting at no.3. He has played many match winning knocks in this season, but in last few games, he couldn’t score a two digits score. DC should focus on the team’s consistency.
In bowling, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir are leading the attack for CSK, whereas Kagiso Rabada is a dangerous bowler in death overs for DC. Amit Mishra can take advantages of tonight’s match due to pitch condition.
CSK vs DC Dream 11 Predictions
Here are the most updated probable playing 11 of both CSK and DC teams. You can choose your players to make the Dream 11 team.
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis/Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina (c), Ambati Rayudu (w), Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner/DJ Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma
VIVO IPL 2019 CSK vs DC
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar