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IPL 2022 CSK vs DC, 55th Match Preview: Delhi begin to find their mojo as race for Playoffs heats up

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals

After taking over the captaincy from Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni has won one and lost one game.

LIVE SCORES - Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals

The dramatic captaincy change

Chennai Super Kings were still in with a chance, although just about, when Ravindra Jadeja handed over the captaincy to MS Dhoni right before Chennai Super Kings' clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

With Dhoni taking over the captaincy, the effect was visible straight away with the team changes that he made -- picking Devon Conway and pairing him at the top of the order with Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Conway, Gaikwad show spark

The move worked wonders as the two added 182 runs for the opening partnership, with Gaikwad batting at a strike rate of 173.65. Conway started off slowly but made up for it later on with 85 off 55 deliveries at a strike rate of over 150.

The Chennai bowling led by Mukesh Choudhary, and ably supported by spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Maheesh Theekshana kept things tight as Chennai registered a 13-run and victory.

9 matches in, Chennai still had a chance of making it to the playoffs if they won all their remaining 5 matches. However, those hopes were dealt a heavy blow in their next match after the team went down against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 13 runs.

Outside chance

Chennai can still sneak into the playoffs with 7 wins on the basis of net run rate if they go on to win all their remaining 4 matches.

Moeen Ali has recovered from injury and has replaced Mitchell Santner in the side, who himself did a fine job in the absence of the England all-rounder.

While Conway has cemented his spot for the remainder of the IPL, CSK also seem to be preferring Dwaine Pretorius over Dwayne Bravo. Young pacer Simarjeet Singh though has been a disappointment.

DC finally show up

Delhi Capitals played to their potential for perhaps the first time in the last match as they brushed aside suicide Sunrisers Hyderabad by 21 runs.

The Capitals have won 5 of their 10 games and if they can make it to the playoffs, the team is one of the contenders for winning the IPL 2022 title.

Predicted Playing XIs

Chennai Super Kings
- Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorius, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana

Delhi Capitals - Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

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