Two teams who have been consistent and played some phenomenal cricket throughout the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 lock horns in the match 50 of the tournament. Delhi Capitals (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are currently placed second and first respectively on the points table.
DC are coming off from a nail-biting four-wicket over Mumbai Indians (MI) and have some momentum with them. The bowlers have been right on the money, restricting the opposition teams to a total below 160. It is the batting that has so far blown hot and cold in the four games they have played in the UAE leg. Barring Shreyas Iyer, the rest of the batters have got starts but have failed to convert those into big ones. With the business end of the IPL approaching, DC management would be hoping to get some runs from Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and Rishabh Pant.
Meanwhile, CSK had a rare loss against Rajasthan Royals (RR). The batters led by Ruturaj Gaikwad put the team in a strong position but the bowlers failed to execute the plans and allowed RR batters to chase the target of 190 with 15 balls to spare. CSK would be hoping it was a rare bad day at the office. The franchise in yellow has also the same issue as DC as the middle-order batters have so far not performed consistently. Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayadu, and Suresh Raina have not scored enough runs. So the team that performs well in the middle phase of the innings will stand a better chance of winning the match.
The match is going to be played at Dubai International Stadium. So far, the pitch has looked decent with nice pace and carry. Chasing has been the preferred option and by the looks of it, Pant and Dhoni might bat second after winning the toss.
Predicted Playing XI
Rishabh Pant (captain/wicketkeeper), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo/Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood
Since his return to the side in the UAE leg of the IPL, Shreyas Iyer has scored 124 runs in the four matches. He has perfectly played the role of sheet anchor for DC and finished the games off by remaining calm at the crease. Iyer also finished a tricky run-chase of 130 against MI by remaining not out on 33. Iyer would be hoping to continue with the same momentum.
Faf du Plessis
CSK opener Faf du Plessis has got starts in the majority of the games but has failed to convert those into something substantial. 0 31, 43, 41, 25 are his scores in five matches of the UAE leg. It is very unlike Du Plessis that he has yet to score a big score. With CSK already qualified, the South African batter would hope to play with more freedom.