The Indian Premier League is hosting its 14th edition in 2021. Chennai Super Kings is a former three-time IPL champion, having finished seventh last season, while Delhi Capitals is yet to win the title and finished as the runner-up in 2020.
The 2021 Indian Premier League once again promises to be a thriller. Meanwhile, Match 2 of IPL 2021 would witness a clash between former champion Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. As the tie promises to be exciting, we present the match preview and what to expect from it.
2020 was not the year for CSK, having managed to finish at the seventh spot, thereby failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time. As for DC, it had its best performance last season, finishing as the runner-up to Mumbai Indians.
Team composition and combination
As for CSK, despite having a balanced side, it is its bowling attack that looks heavy, with ample capped talents. However, that makes its batting vulnerable, which had relatively struggled last season, especially while scoring run in the middle overs, while Dhoni too grappled as a finisher.
Considering DC's side, it is its batting that is slightly heavy considering the same reason. While it had an all-round squad last season, it has decided that it needs runs on the board or enough prowess to chase down any total against any intimidating bowling attack.
As far as injuries are concerned, both sides don't have any fresh concerns. However, CSK would miss the services of pacer Josh Hazlewood, been replaced by Jason Behrendorff. Also, DC would be without regular skipper Shreyas Iyer for the entire season, having suffered a partially dislocated shoulder, as wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant takes up the leadership role.
As per the head-on clashes, both sides have clashed on 23 occasions, with CSK winning 15 and DC winning eight. In India, they have played 18 games against each other, with CSK winning 13 and DC winning just five. It would be their first match at Wankhede.
Weather and pitch report
The weather in Mumbai would be hot, with humidity around 55%, while the temperature would likely be around 33 degrees. The wicket at Wankhede is known to be sport, assisting both pacers and spinners. However, the latter ones would generate more turn as the game progresses.
CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar.
DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.
Batsmen: Raina, Dhawan, de Plessis, Shaw, Gaikwad- Dhawan and Shaw are the right men to open considering their flawless current form, while de Plessis and Raina can consolidate in the middle. Meanwhile, Gaikwad can be the finisher.
Wicketkeepers: Billin, Pant (c)- Billings is being backed to continue his fine form during England T20Is against India, while Pant has been in a free-flowing form of late, thus making him the skipper as well.
All-rounders: Stoinis- He is the only man who fits in the department due to his tendency to fire up in every department format, especially during the IPL.
Bowlers: Tahir (vc), Rabada, Nortje- Tahir is a no-brainer for his deadly spin and is the vice-captain for the same reason. In the pace attack, Twenty20 specialist Rabada makes it along with fierce pacer Noirtje, as the South African duo can terrorise the batsmen.
Date and day: April 10, 2021 (Saturday)
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 7.30 PM (IST)
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Hotstar
Last Updated Apr 9, 2021, 6:27 PM IST