Shocking clashes await cricket fans as Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 Qualifier 1 in Dubai on Sunday. The winning team in Dubai will win a direct ticket to the IPL 2021 final as a prize for finishing top two in the league stage.
Delhi currently has the timber over Chennai with four consecutive wins since IPL 2020. Even a smart leader like Dhoni has not been able to get the best of the Pant team in over a year despite being one of the biggest team consistent this season.
DC finished as the best team in the league platform with 10 wins from 14 games. They will enter the CSK clash on the back of a close loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore but the blemish should hardly bother Pant as his team has performed like a well oiled machine throughout this season.
The Capitals ’20-point finish during the group was an indication of their consistency that did not fall even after the forced break of COVID-19.
Likewise, the Super Kings are now back in familiar locations of second-chance rounds, something they’ve done 11 out of 12 times even though losing three games on the bounce would not have entertained their all-out sprint Dhoni.
CSK has, over the years, been a finalist eight times and won on three occasions that speak volumes of the team’s ability to up their game when it is most needed.
DC vs CSK PROGRAM QUALIFICATION 1: TEAM FORM
DC is likely to get back the services of all-star Marcus Stoinis, who has been in action since limping out of the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 22. The return of Australia will be a major boost for an already proud side like Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.
CSK, meanwhile, has a strong squad available to pick for the big game despite with only Sam Curran out injured. As much as one talks about team effort, no one knows more than Dhoni that T20 is perhaps one form of cricket, where individuals win games and will need the best from his players to defeat and out of strong team like Delhi Capitals.
SELECT OPTION FACTORED IN DUBAI
The team that wins the toss may look to bowling first in Dubai as persecution has been a preferred option at this location due to the dew factor. Victory teams have won 7 out of the 10 league matches played at the Dubai International Stadium for this very reason.
Delhi Capitals have an outstanding record in chasing this season, having won 8 times by batting second in IPL 2021. Chennai Super Kings on the other hand, have won 5 games in chasing out of their 9 wins in the match league.
Capitals Delhi: Rishabh Pant (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, , Pravin Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.