In the second match of the IPL 2021, we have the two teams hailing from opposite ends of the country. Yes, you guessed that right; it’s Chennai Super Kings from the south taking on the north’s Delhi Capitals. And the two sides will be playing at the centrally located Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Match Details: CSK vs DC
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Date: 10th April 2021
Time: 07:30 PM
Preview: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals
While Chennai Super Kings had the worst season last time as they finished at the penultimate position, failing to make it to the playoffs for the first time since the inception of IPL. Delhi Capitals saw their dreams of winning a maiden IPL championship shattered in the summit clash of the IPL 2020, having lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets.
Nonetheless, it’s a new season, and both teams will be hoping for a change of fortunes this time around with the revamped units.
Chennai Super Kings will be determined enough to put up an excellent show and reclaim their prestige when they take the field. The franchise was very active in the IPL 2021 auction and did a complete makeover by recruiting plenty of young talented players. They will be further bolstered by the return of their star player Suresh Raina who is back in the camp after missing the last year’s IPL.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, will be putting their best efforts to go one step ahead and clinch the trophy. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will be leading the side in the absence of their regular captain Shreyas Iyer who has been ruled out of IPL 2021 due to an injury. To make things worse, the pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje is also unavailable due to the quarantine restrictions. Nonetheless, they have a great squad and plenty of options to choose from in their main players’ absence.
Either way, a thrilling contest beckons at the Wankhede Stadium when these two supremely talented sides face each other.
The skies will stay clear with zero chances of rain interruptions for the entire duration of the game. The temperature will hover around 30 degrees Celsius.
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is a batting paradise with an average 1st innings score of 176 runs. The batsmen will enjoy batting on this ground with relatively shorter boundaries. While the bowlers will have to bowl tight lines and lengths as there is a minimal margin for errors. Wankhede Stadium’s proximity to the Arabian Sea guarantees plenty of swing on offer for the bowlers. The wicket is challenging to bat on in the first half as compared to the second. So, the captain winning the toss should look to bowl first upon winning the toss.
Probable Playing XI:
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.
Head to Head Records: CSK vs DC
Prithvi Shaw: The 21 y/o right-handed batsman was sensational in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. He was the highest run-scorer in the VHT with 827 runs in 8 matches. Shaw has form by his side, and given the fact that he’ll be playing on his home ground, he can be trusted to lead your fantasy teams.
Faf Du Plessis: The experienced Proteas campaigner has managed to amass 2302 runs in 77 IPL innings. He will open the innings for CSK and can help you fetch healthy points in this game if he gets hot early.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin is a wizard with the ball in hand who has the ability to trick the best batsmen in the world. He has scalped 138 wickets and scored 412 runs in his 154 IPL outings.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: The right-handed batsman hailing from Pune impressed everyone with his performance on his debut IPL season last year. He scored 204 runs in 6 matches at an excellent average of 51.0. He can prove to be a great differential pick in this game.
Faf Du Plessis
TEAM 1 (IF CSK BATS FIRST)
TEAM 2 (IF DC BATS FIRST)
Delhi Capitals are expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.