The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 50 being played between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Stadium. CSK are placed first in the table, collecting 18 points from 12 matches (W9 L3). They have a NRR of +0.829. Meanwhile, DC are second, having the same number of points but an inferior NRR of +0.551.
DC beat Mumbai Indians the other day to show their authority and steel. The Capitals are a top side with the ball and that makes them a top outfit. With the bat, the onus will lie on Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, who are amongst the runs since the resumption of the second phase. A worry for DC is the form of their openers.
CSK posted a challenging 189/4 against Rajasthan Royals but could not stop the counterattack as the latter won the game by seven wickets. It was a rare defeat for CSK and they will look to get back to winning ways and make sure they end up as the toppers of the group stage. CSK have genuine match-winners to derail DC.
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, Iyer and Pant hold a lot of importance at number four and five respectively, They are the key figures in the middle-order. However, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw need to find their feet after a string of low scores. With the ball, DC have the desired firepower with Kagiso Rabada leading the line alongside Nortje, who is bowling fast and causing issues. Axar Patel is a handy customer in the middle overs. R Ashwin, who impressed against KKR, holds the key as well.
CSK’s top-order has been key towards their success. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have scored consistently for the side. The middle-order has done a decent job too. Ravindra Jadeja as the finisher is CSK’s strength. Not to forget, there is MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo too. Jadeja’s four overs of spin is extremely vital. Ruturaj and Faf du Plessis will be expected to give the side a good start upfront and the experienced batters need to continue building momentum. What bodes well for CSK is their strength in finishing. We might see CSK bring back Bravo for Sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi for Josh Hazlewood. The consistent Deepak Chahar could replace KM Asif and make a return.
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, Lungi Ngidi
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Shardul Thakur, Anrich Nortje
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Steve Smith
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Shardul Thakur, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Faf and Ruturaj fit both teams. Both players are of the utmost value for CSK and have given the side consistent starts. They are the prime hopes and crucial in the top-order roles. A good start will be expected by the two once again.
Jadeja is the all-rounder that can be picked. He brings plenty to the table and offers match-winning attributes. Jadeja has a strike rate in excess of 150 with the bat this season.
In the bowling department, Avesh is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for DC. Shardul is the ideal bet and is a dangerous entity as well for CSK.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Shreyas Iyer: The senior cricketer has made a strong return for DC after missing the first phase back in India with an injury. With scores of 47*, 43, 1 and 33*, Iyer brings the desired fight in DC’s batting. He can bring a sense of calmness and character.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: The CSK opener is enjoying a dream run with the bat. He scored a century against RR the other day and became the first player to get past 500 runs in IPL 2021. Ruturaj is in excellent touch and his aggression makes him a key figure.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Faf is a sound option. He can get CSK to perform with his excellent batting form. He is a genuine contender for the deputy role. Apart from Faf, DC skipper Rishabh Pant cannot be ignored. He can be pivotal for the side.
Other choices: Ravindra Jadeja and Anrich Nortje
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch in Dubai is expected to favour bowlers and batters given the dual role of the wicket. Batsmen will need to be smart with the choices they make. Pacers will have their moments and one could see a lot of slower balls and cutters. Spinners will have a role as the match progresses. The weather is expected to be hot and humid.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous meeting this season, DC won the match by seven wickets.
The two teams have faced each other on 24 occasions. The tally sees CSK winning 15 and DC 9.
We feel CSK will come out on top here. They suffered one rare loss and will be keen to top the billing against a famed outfit in DC.