IPL 2021 Match Preview: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings

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With 18 points apiece, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals lead the IPL points standings. They will square off on Monday at the Dubai International Stadium, with the winner advancing to the top of the standings. Both teams have won nine and lost three games. CSK enters the encounter on the heels of a loss to the Rajasthan Royals and will be anxious to get back on track ahead of the playoffs. In their previous game, DC held their composure in a tough chase to defeat the defending champions Mumbai Indians. Rishabh Pant and company will also be striving for their tenth win of the season, just like Dhoni’s men. 

Chennai Super Kings:

MS Dhoni and Co. presently lead the table with 9 victories in 12 games. They have only lost three games this season. They were also defeated in their most recent game against the Rajasthan Royals. Chennai Super Kings scored 189 runs against RR, riding on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s century off just 60 balls. Their bowlers, on the other hand, appeared completely lost in the second innings. Except for Shardul Thakur, all of the bowlers averaged more than 8 runs per over. As a result, RR was able to chase down the score in just 17.3 overs. Chennai Super Kings have two games left in the IPL 2021 league stage. They will be eager to win both games and retain their lead at the top of the table.

Predicted XI:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar.

Delhi Capitals:

The Delhi Capitals are on a roll. Rishabh Pant and company enter the game after defeating the Mumbai Indians by four wickets on Saturday. Their bowling attack is among the finest in the league. With the emergence of Avesh Khan, it has become a team to be reckoned with. He was once again a standout for them in their most recent encounter, picking 3 for 15 in 4 overs. Axar Patel was also outstanding with his mix-ups, finishing with three wickets for 21 runs in four overs. DC held MI to 129 runs in the first innings because of those two performances. The Delhi Capitals are presently second in the points rankings. They’d be eager for a win on Monday to reclaim first place.

Predicted XI:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C/WK), Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Avesh Khan.

Head-to-Head:

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The two teams clashed in their respective season openers this season, with DC coming out on top. When it comes to head-to-head records, CSK has a 15-win advantage against DC, with 15 victories in 24 meetings. However, in the last several meetings between the two clubs, the Delhi Capitals have been probably the superior team. DC might beat CSK in Dubai on Monday, with momentum on their side and the top spot on the table on the line.

Pitch Report:

On Monday, the 50th match of the IPL 2021 will be contested at Dubai International Cricket Stadium between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. Both batsmen and bowlers will benefit from the pitch at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Batsmen consider Dubai to be the best of the three pitches used in the IPL 2021. This arena was most recently used by the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Punjab Kings. In the first innings, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 165 runs, which Punjab Kings chased down in 19.3 overs. The scores in both innings indicate that it’s not too horrible for batting.

With both teams having good hitters and a sharp bowling unit, this is set to be one of the most interesting matchups of the season. Isn’t it impossible to be excited about the outcome of this one?

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