Our Prediction is Chennai Super Kings to win!
|Chennai Super Kings||14||9||5||0||0||18||0.131|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||14||6||8||0||0||12||0.028|
|Kings XI Punjab||14||6||8||0||0||12||-0.251|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||14||5||8||0||1||11||-0.607|
MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings is set to take on in-form Delhi Capitals in the 50th game of Indian Premier League (IPL) at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.
Both the teams have already sealed their place in the playoffs of the competition. In a game played earlier this season, Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets at Feroz Shah Kotla.
Stand-in captain Suresh Raina will lead Chennai Super Kings for this game. He will be hoping that the side can put up a good show with bat and ball against Delhi Capitals.
On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer led-unit sealed their place in the playoffs after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in a game played in Delhi on Sunday.
For hosts, there is not much at stake as they have already secured their place in the playoffs of the competition. The side is currently at second place in the league table with 16 points to their name. The Kings may give an opportunity to fringe players, who have yet to make an appearance for the franchise in this year’s competition.
In the batting department, the team will be depending on likes of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu to produce runs with the bat whereas the team management will be hoping that opening batsman Shane Watson will return to form in this dead rubber. Watson has struggled to produce consistent runs for the side at the top of the innings. He has scored 251 runs in 12 innings at an average of 20.91 with one half-century to his name. For Chennai to do well in the knockout stages, Watson will need to find form with the bat in the remaining two round-robin games.
Murali Vijay, who came in place of Faf du Plessis, showed good form with the bat and scored 38 off 35 balls with the help of three fours and a six. He will certainly be looking to make an impression with the bat in the remaining two matches of the preliminary stage.
Middle-order comprising of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Kedhar Jadhav will need to produce runs with the bat in this game. The batting trio perished for low scores in the previous game played against Mumbai Indians.
Dwayne Bravo and Mitchell Santner are quality all-rounders in the Chennai setup for this game. The duo will be determined to do well with bat and ball against Delhi Capitals. There is also a strong case for pacer Shardul Thakur to make a return to the playing XI in this home fixture. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir might be rested for this game
In the bowling department, the team will be depending on pacers Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar to make early inroads with the new-ball, whereas, in the spin department, Raina will be hoping that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will be able to pick wickets in the middle stages of the innings.
Suresh Raina (captain), Faf du Plessis/Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Kedhar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir/Dhruv Shorey, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh
Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni
For the visitors, the match is of significant importance as a win will help them extend their lead at the top of the league table. Delhi Capitals have certainly surprised many with their splendid performances in this year’s competition.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, Dhawan and Shreyas notched up splendid half-centuries to help Delhi Capitals post 187 for 5 in 20 overs. Dhawan scored 50 off 37 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Iyer, who chipped in with 52 off 37 balls.
The match is going to be of greater importance for middle-order batsman Colin Ingram, who scored 171 runs in 10 innings at an average of 21.37 while batting at number five in the order.
The team management might opt to make some changes for this game, which means there is a possibility that left-arm pacer Trent Boult and Kemo Paul might come in place of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris
Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Sandeep Lamichhane
Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Morris, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Jagadeesha Suchith
The pitch is expected to be on the slower side, but it should stay good for batting throughout which means a score in excess of 170 is highly possible. The weather forecast for the game on Wednesday is going to be cloudy skies.
Chennai Super Kings have been a formidable unit in their home conditions and have managed to win five games out of six played at MA Chidambaram Stadium. Chennai Super Kings lost their previous game against Mumbai Indians at this venue. Chennai has an excellent head-to-head record against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.
Due to sluggish nature of the pitch, both teams would be looking to win the toss and bowl first. Batting second at this venue is the certainly best option for both the teams. Spinners will certainly get assistance off the pitch.
Delhi Capitals will need to produce something special with bat and ball in order to upstage Chennai Super Kings in their home conditions. Chennai has shown excellent form in this year’s competition and will be keen to reclaim the top spot in the league table.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals certainly have the firepower and talent to put up a strong fight against Chennai Super Kings. At times, they have looked vulnerable on surfaces that provided a lot of assistance to the spin bowlers.
Expect Chennai Super Kings to eke out a narrow win over Delhi Capitals.
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