DC ended the last game of the league with a last-ball defeat to RCB. Avesh Khan lost his nerves to concede a six from the final ball.

Match number 57 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will be played between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. This is the IPL Qualifier 1 and the winner will move straight to the final next Friday. Meanwhile, the losing side will have another crack as they will face the winner from the Eliminator between RCB and KKR in Qualifier 2.

DC ended the last game of the league with a last-ball defeat to RCB. Avesh Khan lost his nerves to concede a six from the final ball. DC have done well this season, topping the standings with 20 points from 14 matches. They enjoyed a NRR of +0.481. On the other hand, CSK finished second, collecting 18 points and posting a NRR of +0.455.
DC will feel good about their openers doing well against RCB. Both Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan scored 40-plus and laid a good platform. Against a side like CSK, DC need to start well and that’s where Shaw and Dhawan will be important. Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer have crucial roles to fulfil. DC’s bowling is the strength and they will target wickets.

CSK finished the league with three straight losses. Their confidence seems to have taken a hit. However, MS Dhoni knows how to handle situations in pivotal moments and CSK will be ready. They need a good show with the bat in Dubai and be expressive. Their strength lies with the opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis. Dwayne Bravo’s exploits with the ball will also be immense.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through. 

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). 

Here’s the preview

For DC, the Indian set of betters can help them get to a good score. A collective approach is needed at this juncture. Shimron Hetmyer’s presence in that lower-middle order as a finisher is a key attribute as well. Axar and Ashwin lead the spin show. Their experience can be immense. Nortje and Rabada are the main pacers. Their express pace with variations can be lethal. Avesh Khan needs to move on from the heartbreak and do what he has been doing so well. DC have been consistent this season and their results in the UAE means that they are in with a chance of making it to the final.

CSK need to bounce back against DC and move on from the three straight defeats. DC have been CSK’s nemesis of late since IPL 2020 and the Super Kings need to break the jinx. If CSK openers can give them a good start, it will mean a lot. Like DC, CSK have a good bowling unit and can cause issues. Shardul Thakur can be the key asset for CSK alongside Bravo. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja can contribute in the right fashion.

Probable playing XIs: DC vs CSK

DC probable playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

CSK probable playing XI:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati RayuduAll-rounders: Axar Patel, Ravindra JadejaBowlers: Anrich Nortje, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati RayuduAll-rounders: Axar Patel, Ravindra JadejaBowlers: Anrich Nortje, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan, R Ashwin

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

In batting, the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shreyas Iyer can be the top options. Gaikwad has been CSK’s strength and needs to give his side a solid start. He has scored a lot of runs. For DC, Iyer can be a valuable pick. He is a calm customer and a mature head.

Jadeja is the best option as the prime all-rounder. He has bowled well and can provide impetus with the bat at the closing stages. His attributes in the field are well known.
In the bowling unit, Nortje promises a lot. He is amongst the wickets and is a handy customer with raw pace. For CSK, Thakur’s role can be significant.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Anrich Nortje: The South African pacer has bowled with purpose and selecting the right areas has seen him clinch wickets. He has nine wickets from six matches at 13.88. Nortje can be lethal both in the PP overs and at the death.

Shardul Thakur: The consistent Shardul has bagged 18 wickets for CSK from 14 games at 25.16. He is bowling well across phases and is a genuine wicket-taker. His application can be massive against DC.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Jadeja can be a top pick. He brings plenty on offer and is a match-winner. You expect Jaddu to fire on the big stage. Rishabh Pant can be massive for DC. If he can convert his starts to big scores, Pant can be dangerous and lethal.

Pitch report

The pitch in Dubai has something for both batsmen and bowlers. Pacers will be hoping to bowl with a lot of variations and cutters. Spinners will want to be in the game. For batters, it’s all about being watchful and going for the right shots.

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

The previous two meetings this season saw DC win. 

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met each other on 15 occasions in the IPL. CSK have the upper hand with 15 victories as compared to DC’s 10.

Match prediction

We feel DC will get past the line here and enter the finale. CSK can fall short against DC.

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