New look Delhi Capitals take on Defending champions Chennai
Our prediction is Chennai Super Kings will Win the Match!
Delhi Capitals won their inaugural game after their name change in a grand fashion. They posted a mammoth score of 213 runs against a strong Mumbai Indians bowling attack. Rishab Pant led the charge by scoring 78 runs in just 27 balls. He took apart all the bowlers including Jasprit Bumrah in the opening match. Colin Ingram and Skihar Dhawan scored 40+ scores to provide good support to the team`s total.
There bowlers did well to bowl out Mumbai Indians for 176 runs. Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma bowled well and picked up couple of wickets each. Axar Patel and Trent Boult were taken for runs in the last match. They might add an extra spinner in this match`s playing XI.
Chennai Super Kings had a quite opposite start to Delhi team in a low scoring sluggish pitch. They came out victories against the Bangalore team on a turning track in their backyard. Their spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja captured 8 wickets among themselves and bowled out Bangalore for 70 runs. Deepak Chahar bowled an economical spell of 4-0-17-0 in the powerplays and the rest of the bowling line up was untested last match.
Their batsmen crawled their way to the chase taking around 18 overs to chase down the target of 71 runs. Ambati Rayudu top scored by scoring 28 runs. Shane Watson struggled big time and was dismissed for a duck of 10 balls. They might be tempted to add Sam Billings or David Willey to provide more firepower to their batting line-up.
Rishab Pant – Pant smashed 7 sixes and 7 boundaries and scored at a strike rate of almost 300. Pant once gets set can take away the match in just a matter of minutes. Look out of Pant`s wielding willow once again.
Ishant Sharma – Ishant Sharma dismissed Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma early in the chase which halted the Mumbai`s momentum. But he has the knack of leaking runs at the back end of the match.
Stats from the season:
Rishab Pant -78 runs (27 balls) (7X4s, 7X6s)
Kagiso Rabada - bowling figures of 4-0-23-2
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichchame, Ishant Sharma.
Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Shreyas Iyer, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, R Tewatia, Ishant Sharma
Suresh Raina – Raina became the first batsmen to score 5000 runs in the IPL last match. Raina looks to be getting back to good rhythm with the bat. His form with the bat is crucial to Chennai’s batting order.
Harbhajan Singh – Bhajji started the tournament in grand fashion with his MoM performance last match. He dismissed Kohli, Ab de Villiers and Moeen Ali with his impeccable bowling in favorable conditions.
Stats from the season:
Ambati Rayudu -28 runs (42 balls) (2X4s, 1X6s)
Imran Tahir - bowling figures of 4-1-9-3
Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur/David Willey.
Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Ambati Rayudu, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni
Feroz Shah Kotla is one of the pitches that offer good balance with the bat and ball. Batsmen find it bit easier to score runs and the pitch favors slower bowlers to certain extent. The average score in this pitch is around 160-180 runs.
Teams are much more confident chasing the target than setting one nowadays. And being the first match played at Feroz shah kotla both teams will look to chase down the target set by opposition.
Delhi team is in red hot form with their batting being their strongest suit. But Chennai team has the experience of playing in different conditions and team arsenal to back them up. Chennai has a long batting order capable of chasing down any target, so we expect them to win this match!
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