IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 Preview: CSK v/s DC

Written by bms

Venue: Visakhapatnam

Date: May 10, 2019

Head-to-head record:
Played: 20
CSK won: 14
DC won: 6

IPL 2019 History:

CSK has won both games against Delhi Capitals in this year’s Indian Premier League. The most recent was at the Chepauk on May 2nd, where DC were bowled out for a paltry 99 while chasing 179. It is the only game DC has lost in their previous 6 IPL outings.

Old v/s young. Experience v/s promise. Both the polar-opposite teams won 9 out of 14 games in the group stages, but were separated by their net run-rate. DC, the in-form team in the IPL right now, had to beat SRH on Wednesday night in an Eliminator to reach this Qualifier. CSK, on the other hand, lost their second match in a row – and third to rival Mumbai this season alone – by going down to MI in Qualifier 1 at the Chepauk in a low-scoring game. But Dhoni’s men have another chance to roar back into form at the right time against Iyer’s boys.

Captain: MS Dhoni
Titles: 3

CSK is in danger of crashing out of the IPL after winning 7 of their first 8 games. They have won just 2 of their next 7 matches, losing 5 in a campaign whose wheels are coming off fast after a bright start. CSK is currently the best IPL team in its 12-year history (10 seasons, 10 playoffs), but their arch-rivals Mumbai Indians are in the final again, and are in a position to become the first IPL team to win 4 titles. Against MI on Tuesday night, CSK huffed and puffed with the bat to score 132; the top order again let them down before a Dhoni rescue job. Shane Watson has been a disappointment this season, while Murali Vijay has been brought in to replace the injured Kedar Jadhav. Against Delhi, CSK has its task cut out: The pitch is tough, as demonstrated by the batsmen (except Pant) in the eliminator, and DC already has a measure of the conditions. There is nobody on the CSK team as hungry as the youngsters of DC, but CSK have the kind of experience that can tide them over in pressure situations. For example, they would have closed out the SRH game with a lot less fuss than DC did in the eliminator. There will definitely be no changes to the team that lost to MI, though. Dhoni doesn’t believe in change.

Likely XI:
Du Plessis, Watson, Raina, Vijay, Rayadu, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Chahar, Harbhajan, Tahir

Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Titles: 0

Wednesday night was the first ever playoff game (out of 5) that Delhi won in IPL history. DC has never reached a final, and have progressed beyond the group stages only thrice. They almost choked against SRH in the Eliminator before Keemo Paul relieved them with a boundary off the penultimate ball. Most striking was the way the two young Indian test players – Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant – batted on a difficult pitch against the best bowling line-up in the league. Shaw rode his luck despite being low on confidence and scored the only half-century of the game, while Pant was a brilliant almost-finisher once again, with a violent 49 that snatched away the game from a Rashid-led SRH comeback. Delhi is unpredictable but exciting to watch, and all of this will come to the fore against the calm, cool CSK team in this knockout game.

Likely XI:
Shaw, Dhawan, Iyer, Pant, Munro, Axar, Rutherford, Paul, Mishra, Boult, Ishant

Delhi to reach their first IPL final. The team is loaded with talent, and will best expose CSK’s lack of form/legs.

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