Delhi Capitals (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will clash in Sharjah. The Match 31 will be a close contest between the first and the sixth spot holders of the points table. While CSK would like to avoid their sixth defeat, DC would aim for the top spot.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is in its second leg. Continuing on the fixtures set, Match 34 is scheduled between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Sharjah on Saturday.
DC look to eye a place in the playoffs, taking into account their current pace, while CSK are trying to come out of shackles of poor performance that have gripped the franchise this season.
DC were fairly balanced till now and we will have to look at how the team makes replacements for the players, following Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant’s injury. CSK, on the other hand, have decided upon their players and are equally balanced.
The young guns of DC were fiery in the season, while CSK’s experienced brigade did not take off well. DC have exactly double the points of CSK and are first on the table, whereas CSK sit at the sixth spot. In their previous clash of the season, DC had defeated CSK by 44 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.
Of the 22 clashes that have happened, CSK have won 15, while DC have won just seven. CSK will try treading their dominating glory.
Weather and pitch report
Weather in Sharjah is likely to be around 36 degrees. As far as the pitch is concerned, it has slightly slowed down, taking into account the initial IPL matches, which saw 400-plus runs in 40 overs. However, the short boundaries still favour the batsman and a score around ,190 with a few economical spells, can bring the winning glory.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk & c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma.
Batsmen: Prithvi Shaw, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer (vc), Shikhar Dhawan- The opening consisting of Shaw and Watson can give the thrust required in the start. Rayudu can contribute decently with the bat, Iyer and Dhawan can be power hitters of the ball. Iyer's reliability makes him the vice-captain.
Wicketkeeper: MS Dhoni (c)- The wicketkeeper-batsman is quite versatile and accommodates well as per the situation. His experience makes him the captain of the side.
All-rounder: Sam Curran- The youngster is a perfect all-rounder who can smash the runs and be economical with the ball.
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur- The blend of bowling comprising Ashwin's spin and Rabada, Nortje, Thakur as pacers, can restrict the opposition to a chasable total.
Players to look out for
Alex Carey: The replacement for Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman will have to put his best to prove that he is worth giving a chance. Management will eye him closely.
Dwyane Bravo: The all-rounder for CSK has presented his ball magic in the death overs. However, his power of the willow is yet to be seen. Fans are excited to see his performance with the bat, which might even escalate CSK’s position in the table as well.
Last Updated 16, Oct 2020, 9:42 PM