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IPL 2020 Preview: All you need to know about CSK vs DC

Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals (CSK vs DC) is one of those fixtures in the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is as one-sided as a matchup could be. In the 21 matches these two teams have played against each other, Chennai have won on fifteen occasions while the Capitals have managed to get the better of the Super Kings only six times.

Delhi fans would want to look away from yet another stat. The previous five encounters in CSK vs DC too have been dominated by the Super Kings. CSK have won four out of the five, that too comprehensively on most occasions.

However, coming into this fixture, Delhi Capitals will be flying high on confidence as they managed to win their opening match in the Super Over against Kings XI Punjab, while on the other hand, CSK looked lacklustre in their second match at Sharjah against Rajasthan Royals and will look to bounce back instantly.

 

KEY BATTLES

MS Dhoni vs Shreyas Iyer

The battle of the captains can decide the outcome of CSK vs DC this time around. Both these stalwarts will be looking to lead from the front and hope to be amongst the big runs for their team.

Shreyas Iyer has been regularly batting for DC as well as the national team at number four and looks all set to continue doing that throughout this IPL as well. He looked in super form in the first match and will look to take it one step further against CSK and score a half-century.

MS Dhoni has continued to surprise one and all with his batting position in their first two matches. He batted at number seven in these two matches and wasn’t as effective as you’d want him to be.

In the IPL, any time Dhoni bats at No. 5 or above, his team has a win percentage of at least 57. When he comes in at No. 6 and below, that figure drops to 37 or worse.

 

PLAYERS TO LOOKOUT FOR

Faf du Plessis

Du Plessis has started IPL 2020 in fine form, scoring two half-centuries in two matches. It was the first time since 2016 that Du Plessis has scored back-to-back fifties in the IPL. Du Plessis has played as an opener majorly in IPL, but CSK have played him at No. 3 this year and he has excelled so far. He averages 51.8 at number three and can continue his good form in the match against the Delhi Capitals.

 

Shane Watson

Shane Watson very rarely gets going in the first half of the tournament but when he does, it can be frightening for any bowling line-up. Since IPL 2018, he has a strike rate of 185 and hits a boundary every 3.8 balls – and that’s between overs seven and fifteen when fielding restrictions are relaxed.

 

Rishabh Pant

Since IPL 2018, Rishabh Pant has an average of over 40 and a strike rate above 150. Only four other men are in the same bracket. He loves scoring against spin and considering CSK’s attack, he’d relish playing against them.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

CSK: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni (WK) (C), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi

DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje

 

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