Delhi Capitals will face the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday at 7:30 PM IST. The match will take place at Sharjah and the small boundaries will certainly change many equations. Delhi Capitals are currently at the top of the table with 12 points in seven matches so far. They will surely like to sure their qualification for the playoffs as soon as possible.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are not in a great position in this season. They have only won three games so far in this tournament. There are several problems in the squad, but they have secured a win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous match. The win will certainly boost up the confidence level of Chennai Super Kings for the rest of the tournament.
The match will be played in Sharjah, which will be a factor too. The toss winning captain will surely love to chase because of the short boundaries of Sharjah. The teams might be confident to chase down any total in this ground. However, the pitches are getting slower at the backstage of the tournament. The bowl is turning and it will not be a very easy job to chase a big total in this pitch. So, batting first after winning the toss might be the safer option for the captain.
Head To Head Record:
Total Matches Played: 22
Delhi Capitals Won: 7
Chennai Super Kings Won: 15
Predicted Starting XI; Delhi Capitals Vs Chennai Super Kings:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande.
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma.
Chennai Super Kings:
Captain And Vice Captain Selection:
Captain Choices: Faf Du Plessis, Sam Curran.
Vice-Captain Choices: Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Shane Watson.
Probable Winner: Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals might get back their star wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in this match. He has been training hard to get back from injury and we have seen few instances of his fitness level ahead of the match against Rajasthan Royals. If Rishabh Pant comes back in the starting XI, they will also get back Hermyer who can change the course of the match at any moment. Debutant Tushar Deshpande has the bowled quite well in the previous match against Rajasthan Royals in a pressure situation. So, he will retain his place in the starting XI of Delhi Capitals.
On the other hand, the management of Chennai Super Kings has sent Sam Curran to open the innings along with Faf du Plessis. The plan has worked quite well. After a quickfire cameo of Sam Curran, the rest of the players have taken their time to settle in the crease and play at their own pace. However, it will certainly be a tricky test for Chennai Super Kings to face Delhi Capitals at Sharjah and they will have to be at their best to come as the winning side after the end of the match.