The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness three-time winners Chennai Super Kings take on the Delhi Capitals in match number two. The match is set to be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the IPL this season is being held behind closed doors, besides no teams having the chance to play at their home stadiums. With six venues backed by bio-bubble, it will be an interesting time for teams as they seek to find the right balance and cover.

MS Dhoni-led CSK had a poor IPL 2020 campaign in which they finished seventh. One would be waiting to see MSD get his side back to the top. The veteran keeper-batsman needs to extract the best from the experienced campaigners his side boasts of. Last season, DC beat CSK in both meetings by comfortable margins. However, in this match, things could get really close.

Both teams will want to do well at the Wankhede, which is known for a good batting surface. DC will look up to Rishabh Pant, who was named skipper after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. Pant has a big challenge in his hands and it remains to be seen how he goes about his business as a leader. With plenty of quality players on both sides, this encounter promises to be full of fireworks.

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 Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 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

CSK will look to utilise the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad at the top. With Suresh Raina returning, CSK’s top-order promises aplenty. CSK could be using all their major all-rounders, The likes of Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, and Ravindra Jadeja boast of a terrific unit. With Rayudu and Dhoni also present, CSK are well stocked in batting and there is a sense of optimism in the side. Dhoni is likely to go in with the star Indian T20 pacers Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar. Meanwhile, South African pacer Lungi Ngidi is set to miss the match as he undergoes quarantine after arriving on April 6. CSK need a strong start and Dhoni will be upbeat to showcase the desire and hunger to get his side back performing at the top level. Last season, MSD struggled to get going and that impacted his side badly. This time, CSK have options in terms of finishing games and Dhoni’s position will be crucial.

Delhi will be without their star twin pacers – Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. The South African duo snapped up 52 wickets between them in IPL 2020. Both players are in quarantine and DC will need to think well in terms of finding the perfect strategy to counter CSK. The presence of Chris Woakes lifts DC as the side is likely to go with experienced Indian pacers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. R Ashwin and Amit Mishra are set to be the leading spinners. Also, Axar Patel is missing for DC. He had tested positive for COVID-19 recently and is currently isolating. All eyes will be on Prithvi Shaw, who was in a dream form in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. Steve Smith is also likely to make his IPL debut for DC. Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis are the other foreigners in the side.

Probable playing XIs: CSK vs DC

CSK probable playing XI:

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

DC probable playing XI:

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Suresh Raina, Rishabh Pant (c & wk)

All-rounders: Sam Curran (vc), Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes

Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis (c), Prithvi Shaw (vc), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk)

All-rounders: Sam Curran, Chris Woakes

Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin

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

The likes of Pant, Faf, Chahar, Curran, Shardul, and Ashwin are crucial players that can make a difference. Curran is an interesting prospect and is highly versatile. CSK can use the Englishman anywhere in the batting line-up. He also brings stability with the ball. Pant has shown his mettle against England recently across formats and can be a powerful performer.

Faf had an excellent IPL 2020 season and his impetus is vital. Also, the Indian pace duo of Shardul and Chahar are utility performers. Their offerings with the ball upfront can help CSK start well.

Ashwin can be regarded as a highly valuable asset. If Ashwin can get into the groove and perform as per his abilities, the selectors maybe tempted to get him back into the T20 squad for the World Cup later this year in India.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices

Rishabh Pant: The youngster will be crucial with the bat and a breezy knock can help DC do well. He can also get points as a keeper by inflicting dismissals.

Faf du Plessis: The South African stalwart can be counted upon and he will look to be CSK’s anchorman. Faf will be backed to provide the best of starts.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices

Curran is a perfect choice for the vice-captaincy role. He is a multidimensional player and can get valuable points with his explosive hits. He is a wicket-taking option.

The kind of form Shaw enjoyed in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he can be a sound choice in terms of being picked as the vice-captain.

Other choices: Shardul Thakur, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin.

Pitch report and weather report

The pitch is expected to assist batsmen at large and teams batting first will need to put up runs on the board. With the dew factor expected to come into play, teams will want to field first and then go after the total set. As far as the conditions are concerned, the temperature is set to be between 28-34 degree Celsius. There is no chance of rainfall and humidity could play its factor.

Wankhede stats

The average first innings score in the IPL has been 176. The average second innings score has also been 170-plus. This promises a close encounter on the cards.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 23 occasions. CSK have the edge with 15 wins. DC have won the remaining 8 games.

Match prediction

DC will miss Rabada and Nortje big time and that’s where the difference could lie. Can Ishant and Umesh give DC the required stability in the powerplay and death overs? CSK have a much better feel in terms of bowling. DC have a powerful batting unit. Looking at the resources and general picture in place, CSK might extend their dominance over DC.

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