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The 13th edition of IPL will mark its first week on Friday with Chennai Super Kings taking on Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals. Chennai Super Kings made a stylish start to their campaign by defeating their arch rivals Mumbai Indians in the opener. But, their second match saw a completely different story with the Men in Yellow losing to the depleted Rajasthan Royals.

Rajasthan Royals looked a very weak side without their key players Ben Stokes and Jos Butler. But credits to Sanju Samson’s stunning knock, Rajasthan Royals were all over CSK. Post the match, MS Dhoni was criticized by many for not leading his team from the front. One of the most noted players to point his finger at the former captain was former Indian Cricketer Gautam Gambhir.

Delhi Capitals on the other side are coming on back of a thriller of a game against Kings Xl Punjab. The match seemed completely in favor of Delhi until Mayank Agarwal played a stunner of an innings. Delhi Capitals bounced back to take the game to a super over and with Kings Xl Punjab managing to score only 2 runs in the super over, Delhi Capitals were not going to lose the match from there.

MS Dhoni is not a person who responds to criticism. But will the former Indian captain make a change to his batting position when the team needs him the most?

Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)

Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)

Match Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Weather Report

The weather is reported to be overcast for most of the first innings. With the sky clearing out later. Though the overcast conditions are not threatening to play spoilsport. Temperatures are expected to be hovering in the 33-35 degree range with humidity as usual on the higher side.

Pitch

As we saw in the previous matches, the first few overs saw the ball coming on well to the bat and batsmen were able to play their shots. With the overcast conditions expected the fast bowlers finally will have some sort of relief. The pitch as usual will have a lot of material for the spinners and are likely to dominate things once the pitch begins to hold up.

With due playing an important role in the games, winning the toss and batting second has become a customary act in this edition of IPL. The same trend is likely to be followed in the Friday encounter. 

Team News

The unavailability of their star middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu is a major concern for the CSK camp. As per reports the 35-year is expected to be match fit by October 2nd. The absence of Rayudu gave Ruturaj Gaikwad the much needed opportunity, but the debutant showed his lack of experience by coming down the track his very first ball and Sanju Samson did the finishing formalities behind the stumps.

Given that MS Dhoni is a captain who believes in giving the youngsters opportunities. Ruturaj is likely to feature in the playing Xl once again.

Delhi Capitals on the other side had a huge scare when their star all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin had a bad landing and injured his shoulder. As per the latest reports the foxy spinner is to be match fit. But official news is still to be confirmed. Amit Mishra is likely to replace the former Kings Xl Punjab captain in the playing Xl.

Probable Playing Xl

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni (C & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi

Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin/Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Mohit Sharma

CSK vs DC Fantasy Team

Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Marcus Stoinis, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar

Cricwizz Fantasy Xl

Captain Picks: Faf du Plessis, Shreyas Iyer

Faf du Plessis

Vice-captain: Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant

Marcus Stoinis

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