Having run into each other early in the season, the paths of both Team Delhi and Chennai have been contrasting so far in the tournament. The DC vs CSK match earlier in the season ended in a defeat for Chennai by 44 runs.
Delhi have double the points that Chennai has in as many matches and are eyeing a spot in the play-offs, which Chennai is in danger of missing out if they continue to slip further. Both teams come into this match on the back of wins for them and will look to keep the winning streak going.
When it comes to the head to head battle between these two teams then Chennai can boast their record over the Capitals. Chennai have managed to win 15 matches against Delhi with a massive win percentage of 68.18 in the Indian T20 League. Here’s how DC vs CSK will fare.
Prithvi Shaw vs Faf du Plessis
The two players who got golden ducks in their previous matches will look to make it count in the upcoming match. Both are going to open the innings for their respective teams and as we’ve seen in the recent games at Sharjah, teams have to cash in at the powerplay overs.
Prithvi Shaw was the star and the man of the match the last time these two teams met in the tournament. He’ll look to make amends after the previous match against Rajasthan and would love the opportunity to bat at Sharjah.
Faf du Plessis has been the best batsman for Chennai this year. They need him to get his team off to another blistering start in this match. He’ll have to face the lethal duo of his countrymen of Nortje and Rabada in this match.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Marcus Stoinis has been Delhi’s unsung hero with both bat and ball. Stoinis has scored 193 runs at an average of 32.16, despite batting at number five or below he has two half-centuries joint-most by a Delhi player.
We got a surprise last game when Sam Curran opened the innings for Chennai in their last game. Given that the match is in Sharjah expect him to continue serving the role of the opener in this match. Sam Curran has a strike rate of 190.38, the best by a Chennai player.
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande, Anrich Nortje
CSK: Shane Watson, Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK) (C), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma
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