New Delhi: Team DD and CSK will lock horns in the match 52 at Ferozeshah Kotla today. CSK have won eight of their 12 matches; one more win will take their tally of points to 18, which will guarantee them a place in top two positions at the end of the league season.
After a poor start to the season, the Daredevils, in a desperate bid to resurrect their campaign, replaced their regular captain and handed the reins to Shreyas Iyer. Delhi Daredevils are at the floor of the eight-team table and are wooden spoon contenders; DD have won only three of their 12 matches.
Rishabh Pant has flirted with the Orange Cap; the left-hander has made runs almost on every visit to the crease. Among the others, Prithvi Shaw and captain Shreyas Iyer have looked good too though they have not made an impactful contribution in the last couple of matches.
Trent Boult is DD’s top wicket-taker; the Kiwi left-arm pacer has been successful with the new ball and in the death overs and has taken wickets in nine of the 12 matches he has played.
A few concerns still remain for the CSK camp that needs to be weeded out before they head into the business end of the tournament.
Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu, who would go on to score his maiden T20 hundred, gave the team a strong start, after which Rayudu stitched together a partnership with MS Dhoni to seal the chase.
Raina has struggled against DD scoring only 492 runs at 27.33 with just two fifties from 21 innings. MS Dhoni has been sensational in his role as a finisher; the CSK skipper, who has predominantly batted at four or five, has now been not out in the last five innings.
Deepak Chahar has become an invaluable asset for CSK; particularly with the new ball. Dwayne Bravo’s expertise in the death overs is a huge asset for CSK.
Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Glenn Maxwell, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Shahbaz Nadeem, Naman Ojha, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Jason Roy, Vijay Shankar, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Abhishek Sharma, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Daniel Christian, Sayan Ghosh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 17, DD won – 5, CSK won – 12
At the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground: Matches – 5, DD won – 1, CSK won – 4
The match starts at 8 PM IST.