Will a change in name would really bring a change in their fate, would remain to see in this 12th edition on the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019). Delhi Capitals hosting the invincible Chennai Super Kings (DC vs CSK IPL) at home after defeating the Mumbai Indians in their opening game. Wicket Keeper Rishabh Pant outshone all other batsmen as he went on to his unbeaten 78 off just 27 balls which included 7 sixes and 7 fours. His ballistic innings coupled with Dhawan’s 43 and Ingram’s 47 runs helped Delhi Capitals to put up a massive score of 213 runs in 20 overs. It was certain Mumbai Indians would not have enough batting power to chase down that score. Kagiso Rabada remained the only bowler to have an economy rate of less than 6 in his 4 overs.
For Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his brigade, victory has never been that difficult. After being banned for two years, they went on winning the last edition of the Indian Premier League with a highly criticized team. This only proves the professionalism of those players on the ground. Their win against Royal Challenger’s Bangalore might not give them the credit they deserve but Chennai Super Kings will continue to be one of the favourites to lift the trophy again. Harbhajan Singh might have found his form back in the yellow kit as he went on taking 3 wickets, one which was of Virat Kohli’s wicket in his 4 overs. He was accompanied by Imran Tahir as Chennai successfully managed to restrict RCB at 70 runs in 20 overs. The score was easily chased in 17.4 overs for the loss of 3 wickets by CSK.
This game would be a clash in more than one aspect as both the wicket keeper batsmen of the teams would want to destroy each other’s bowling attack and both these teams would be pushing for another win in this game.
Feroz Shah Kotla has always been a moderate pitch to bat on as the ball would come swiftly to the bat. However, the pitch can often get uneven bounce as there would be irregular grass. If the batters are in form this pitch can give them a lot of opportunities to hit big and bold. Batting first should be the preferred choice for the captains as pitches often lose that shine in the course of the game.
It is going to be a hot sunny day in the Capitol with a temperature of 31 degrees Celsius, Humidity at 35% and no chances of rainfall.
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Our pick for this game is Delhi Capitals because the last time both these teams played in Feroz Shah Kotla didn’t go well for Chennai Super Kings. Given, Delhi would want to take control of the game from the start and if Rishabh Pant continues his destructive form from the last game, it would be an easy guess about who’s going to come out on top.
Though Chennai Super Kings should not be underestimated but it looks all good for Delhi.
bet365: Chennai Super Kings – 4/5, Delhi Capitals – 1
Skybet: Chennai Super Kings – 10/11, Delhi Capitals – 10/11
betfair: Chennai Super Kings – 10/11, Delhi Capitals – 10/11
The books are predicting Delhi Capitals’ WIN.
Top Delhi Capitals batsmen – S Dhawan, S Iyer, C Munro, R Pant
Top Chennai Super Kings batsmen – A Raydu, SR Watson
Top Delhi Capitals bowlers – TA Boult, S Lamichhane, K Rabada
Top Chennai Super Kings bowler – Dwayne Bravo,I Tahir, Harbhajan Singh
Delhi Capitals Playing 11: Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult, Rahul Tewatia, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul/S Lamichhane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan
Chennai Super Kings Playing 11: Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C&wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson