IPL 2020 Match 7 Preview: CSK vs DC - Ravichandran Ashwin doubtful starter for Delhi, batting rejig likely for Chennai
Delhi Capitals played a roller coaster of a match to kick off their IPL 2020 campaign.
The team did not get to a great start with the bat and was 96/6 in the 17th over. While opener Shikhar Dhawan was part of a misunderstanding with Prithvi Shaw and was run-out, Shaw and Hetmyer both perished while trying to take the attack to the opposition.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant had a good partnership in the middle order but it was a whirlwind knock from Marcus Stoinis which changed the face of the game. Stoinis was finally run-out on 53 off just 21 balls, batting at a strike rate of over 250 with 7 fours and 3 sixes as he took Delhi to 157.
Suspense over Ravichandran Ashwin's fitness
The Delhi Capitals' bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were on point to begin with and reduced the opposition to 55 for 5. Ravichandran Ashwin was particularly impressive and picked up two wickets from his first over while giving away just two runs.
On the last ball of his over, while trying to stop the ball in his follow-through, he dived on his shoulder and could not take any further part in the game. While his scans have come out pretty good, Ashwin might have to sit out for a couple of games before he attains 100 percent fitness.
Rabada and Stoinis shine for Delhi
Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada were terrific for Delhi, but the team let the match slip from its grasp. The match had almost been lost when Marcus Stoinis picked up two wickets off the last two deliveries of the match to take it to a super over. Courtesy of Rabada, the team registered a comfortable victory.
Delhi Capitals will take some confidence from the victory but head coach Ricky Ponting and skipper Shreyas Iyer will know that they were nowhere close to their best in their first match of the tournament and there are plenty of areas to be worked at.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan can be explosive if they click, but would like to take some more time to settle down before going all out.
Batting rejig likely for CSK
Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, have already played two matches in the competition and have won one while losing the other.
It was the brilliance of Ambati Rayudu which won them their opening fixture against Mumbai Indians. Rayudu had a hamstring niggle before their second match against Rajasthan Royals and did not take part.
If Rayudu returns, he might be slotted to open in place of Vijay, with Gaikwad in the middle order.
Ngidi and Chawla look to turn things around
The Chennai bowlers took a lot of beating against RR with both Lungi Ngidi and Piyush Chawla going at over 13 runs per over in the last match. Faf du Plessis then played a brilliant knock of 72 off just 37 deliveries but Chennai fell 16 runs short of Rajasthan Royals' 216-run target after suffering a batting collapse.
Match Analytics and Odds
The form of DC would suggest your cricket betting on this match should be with DC to win.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) - Murali Vijay/Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi
Delhi Capitals (DC) - Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra/Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Mohit Sharma
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