Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings may have got a much-needed win in their last game but a stern test awaits as they face a dominant Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.
Dhoni’s men put in a solid all-round performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad and they would aim to continue in the same vein as they battle to salvage the season.
Conditions to suit CSK?
Whether it was promoting Sam Curran to the opener’s slot or finishing pacer Deepak Chahar’s quota upfront while using seven bowlers, every move seemed to work against SRH.
Dhoni used leg spinner Piyush Chawla for only one over and that too as late as the 16th over, leaving it largely on Ravindra Jadeja and Karn Sharma, but CSK are likely to continue with three spinners considering that the Sharjah wickets are now getting slower.
That spinners hold the key in Sharjah was evident in the last two games where RCB and Kings XI Punjab’s slow bowlers were instrumental in their respective team’s wins.
DC results in IPL 2020
|DC vs KXIP||20 Sep, Sun (1930)||Dubai||DC won Super Over after match was tied||2|
|CSK vs DC||25 Sep, Fri (1930)||Dubai||DC won by 44 runs||4|
|DC vs SRH||29 Sep, Tue (1930)||Abu Dhabi||DC lost by 15 runs||4|
|DC vs KKR||3 Oct, Sat (1930)||Sharjah||DC won by 18 runs||6|
|RCB vs DC||5 Oct, Mon (1930)||Dubai||DC won by 59 runs||8|
|RR vs DC||9 Oct, Fri (1930)||Sharjah||DC won by 46 runs||10|
|MI vs DC||11 Oct, Sun (1930)||Abu Dhabi||DC lost by 5 wickets||10|
|DC vs RR||14 Oct, Wed (1930)||Dubai||DC won by 13 runs||12|
CSK results in IPL 2020
|MI vs CSK||19 Sep, Sat (1930)||Abu Dhabi||CSK won by 5 wickets||2|
|RR vs CSK||22 Sep, Tue (1930)||Sharjah||CSK lost by 16 runs||2|
|CSK vs DC||25 Sep, Fri (1930)||Dubai||CSK lost by 44 runs||2|
|CSK vs SRH||2 Oct, Fri (1930)||Dubai||CSK lost by 7 runs||2|
|KXIP vs CSK||4 Oct, Sun (1930)||Dubai||CSK won by 10 wickets||4|
|KKR vs CSK||7 Oct, Wed (1930)||Abu Dhabi||CSK lost by 10 runs||4|
|CSK vs RCB||10 Oct, Sat (1930)||Dubai||CSK lost by 37 runs||4|
|SRH vs CSK||13 Oct, Tue (1930)||Dubai||CSK won by 20 runs||6|
The three-time champions will look to build on the win over SRH as the league phase moves towards the business end.
Capitals’ bowling strength
However, they are up against a team that is high on confidence and well-served by the South African pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, who bowled a 156.2 kmph delivery during his spell against Rajasthan Royals.
Add Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel to the mix and DC have a rather impressive bowling unit. Pacer Tushar Deshpande, who made a memorable debut in the win over the Royals on Wednesday, adds teeth to the attack and it will be interesting to see how he follows up that performance.
The Capitals would be a tad worried about the fitness of skipper Shreyas Iyer, who hurt his left shoulder in the previous game. The 25-year-old has been in good form with the bat and has led well too.
If Iyer is ruled out of Saturday’s match, DC will be deprived of a solid middle-order batsman which would be a blow for a side already missing the services of Rishabh Pant, who has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Delhi will rely on Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis, who all have runs under their belt, to take responsibility against the Super Kings.
|Mat||DC wins||CSK wins||DC win%||CSK win%|
|DC vs CSK||22||7||15||31.81||68.19|
|Shreyas Iyer||Ishant Sharma||Axar Patel||Rishabh Pant|
|Prithvi Shaw||Amit Mishra||Harshal Patel||Alex Carey|
|Shikhar Dhawan||Avesh Khan||R Ashwin|
|Ajinkya Rahane||Sandeep Lamichhane||Lalit Yadav|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Kagiso Rabada||Marcus Stoinis|
|Keemo Paul||Daniel Sams|
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||Lungi Ngidi||Dwayne Bravo||MS Dhoni|
|Faf du Plessis||Deepak Chahar||Ravindra Jadeja||N Jagadeesan|
|Shane Watson||Karn Sharma||Mitchell Santner|
|Ambati Rayudu||Imran Tahir||Sam Curran|
|M Vijay||Shardul Thakur|
|Kedar Jadhav||Monu Kumar|
|R. Sai Kishore|
Match starts at 1930 IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Disney+Hotstar
(With PTI inputs)