With the new name and new team management, it’s time for Delhi Capitals to turn their tables on their corner against confident CSK. The revamped side which has got some exciting additions is looking to upset the Chennai super kings at their own den. The side has been bolstered with the arrival of Shikhar Dhawan at top order. There is no dearth in talent for Delhi only thing is they are lacking with experience and with the arrival of Shikhar Dhawan at top of the order the side will look to turn the fortunes in their favor.
Meanwhile balanced and more settled CSK has nothing much to worry. With few new additions and fitness of Santner and Jadhav will give lots of confidence ahead of the match. With right team balance, they look to take an early lead which will help them to seal the playoff berth without many hurdles. Without world cup around the corner, their charismatic MS Dhoni will love to bat up the order in order to sharpen his skills before the world cup.
Both the teams have locked their horns 18 times each in the past and CSK emerged as the most successful team in 12 occasions. At M.A Chidambaram stadium they have beaten Delhi capitals 5 times in 7 occasions and are clearly getting into the match as red hot favorites. Captain MS Dhoni is leading the run chart with 444 runs between these two sides Dwayne Bravo is leading the wickets column with 9 scalps. Murali Vijay has scored one of his two IPL centuries against Delhi team in 2013.
What to expect between these two sides:
With much needed new additions like Axar Patel, Hanuma Vihari and Ishant Sharma team look much more balanced than previous occasions. With young guns like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh pant and Prithvi shaw in good rhythm makes Delhi capitals a more exciting team in this year. If they play up to their potential they are the team to beat in this edition and with the arrival of Shikhar, Dhawan team has got enough firepower at top order which has bolstered their chance of forging a big total when batting first.
On the other hand CSK will simply look to extend their dominance over Delhi capitals. More experienced and well balanced tan Delhi capitals Chennai will look to make the match count which will help their campaign to reach playoff round without many hurdles.
Players to watch out for CSK:
CSK has got the newly found opener in the name of Ambatti Rayudu thanks to MS Dhoni’s man-management skills. Like last year he is expected to give the much-needed firepower at top order as well as consistent performance will also help to seal a spot in Indian team’s playing X1 at the world cup.
The flamboyant Aussie all-rounder will look to provide the blistering start for CSK and he can also a handy power considering the slowness of the wicket. His sharp skills at slips make him a complete player. He will look to continue the dominance that he has shown last year.
Players to watch out for DC:
Moved to DC due to a salary dispute with SRH Shikhar Dhawan will look to take this as an opportunity to fine tune his skills prior to the world cup. DC will be expecting a strong performance which will help the team’s aspiration of progressing to playoffs. He is a dangerous player and will look to do the same during the match.
Young Delhi lad has an outstanding 2018 both for IPL as well as in the international arena. He was the highest run-getter for Delhi last season and he is a much-improved player now. Delhi will look for his consistent performance in order to pull off a victory.
What to expect?
Riding on the sure dominance over Delhi and home ground factor CSK is expected to win the match more comfortably. But with the revamped squad Delhi has got all the abilities to pull off an upset. Fans can hope for an entertaining encounter between these two sides.
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