DC vs CSK Qualifier 1 IPL 2021 Preview: 10th Oct - Off-colour Chennai batting faces Nortje-Rabada-Avesh examination
Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by three wickets the last time the two teams met this season.
DC, CSK's remarkable consistency
Just a few matches into IPL 2021, it already looked likely that Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings would qualify for the playoffs, but that they would remain so consistent even with the forced break due to the COVID-19 pandemic and finish in the top two was not quite anticipated.
There are always some twists and turns in the league stage of the IPL, not to be this time around, owing to the exceptional consistency of both the teams.
Chennai lose three on the trot
However, Chennai in particular have given away some momentum. They have lost three matches in a row before coming into Qualifier 1. In fact, had Royal Challengers Bangalore been a bit more consistent, they would have leapfrogged Chennai in the top two. Fortunately for the MS Dhoni-led side, it did not happen.
Chennai were flying high when they met Sunrise Hyderabad in Sharjah in the 44th match of IPL 2021 and won by 6 wickets. However, their wagon was derailed from that point on. The team rested Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar in the match against Rajasthan Royals and despite a brilliant century from Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajasthan ended up winning by 7 wickets.
That was followed by a 3 wicket loss against Delhi Capitals and a 6 wicket loss against Punjab Kings. Chennai's batting is beginning to be a point of concern for them. That said, they will expect openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis to come good on the big night.
Smooth sailing for DC despite loss vs RCB
Delhi Capitals are in much better form but suffered a slip up against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last league match of IPL 2021 as they lost by 7 wickets on the very last ball of the match.
Regardless, their spectacular pace bowling line up comprising Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Avesh Khan should see them through.
Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings by three wickets the last time the two teams met this season. Ambati Rayudu was the top scorer for Chennai with 55 not out off 43 deliveries while Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur picked up two wickets each.
Axar Patel was remarkable for Delhi and picked up two wickets. Kagiso Rabada and Ravichandran Ashwin were also economical. Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer were DC's top scorers.
While Chennai are expected to be unchanged, Delhi can bring in Marcus Stoinis in place of Ripal Patel if he has fully recovered from his hamstring injury.
Predicted playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings - Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Delhi Capitals - Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis/Ripal Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
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