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The league leaders will take on each other in the 50th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 with the contest set to take place in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both teams have booked their spot in the playoffs and will not be overly concerned with the outcome of this match.

The Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capital have been the two most dominating teams this season and occupy places number 1 and 2 in the table. With both teams sharing the same points, a fight for the top of the table will be on for the coming game.

During the reverse fixture earlier this year, Delhi Capitals inflicted one of those rare defeats to a strong Chennai side. Posting a good total back of some strong batting from Chennai Super Kings, Delhi opener made light work of it with 8 balls to spare.

Can Dhoni and co overcome their loss in the previous match and cement their No.1 position? Or will Delhi Capitals leapfrog and claim the top dog status for themselves? 

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

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

Match Venue: Dubai Cricket Stadium. Dubai

Head to Head

Matches Played: 24,  Delhi Capitals: 9, Chennai Super Kings:15 

Weather Conditions and pitch

DC vs CSK weather and pitch

Team News

The absence of the services of Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo in the last match proved fatal, as Chennai bowlers struggled to contain Rajasthan Royals batsmen. 

The return of the duo would serve as a boost to the teams, and would be eager to make up for the shortcomings of their last match. Apart from this, the management wouldn't be keen on making any changes. 

Prithvi Shaw made a return to the team in their previous match, with the management also choosing to retain Steven Smith’s services in the playing XI. The management will be hoping to roll out the same XI, barring any last-minute injuries or players becoming unavailable.

Probable Playing XI

Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Curran/Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Chahar, Josh Hazlewood/ Lungi Ngidi

Must-Picks

Delhi Capital openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have proved a deadly opening pair in this IPL campaign so far. Especially the former who is one of the favorites for the orange cap.

Chennai openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis also are striking the ball cleanly, especially the former who picked up the orange cap with a stunning century in his last match.

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Captain and Vice-Captain picks

Faf du Plessis Axar Patel DC vs CSK
Faf du Plessis (C) and Axar Patel (Vc)

Prediction

With both teams dominating the season, the small details will determine who takes the match home. With both, the openers of both the team in form, Chennai’s batting depth is something that pushes them ahead. Especially with Delhi openers not able to replicate their early-season success in UAE.

Cricwizz predicts a win for the Chennai Super Kings and to cement their place at the top of the table.

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