After a well-contested series of matches in the group stages, which went till the very last match in order to determine the top four spots. The Indian Premier League 2021 is now all set up to enter into the much-awaited playoffs stages.
Qualifier 1 will witness the table-toppers Delhi Capitals lock horns with one of the most successful IPL teams to date, the Chennai Super Kings. The match is scheduled to take place at the Dubai International Stadium, this Sunday.
Delhi will be feeling confident as they have managed to defeat the Men in yellow on both occasions this season and to make things worse for the Chennai side, the record only gets worse if taking the last season into consideration as well.
With four consecutive wins against the Super Kings, can Capitals keep up the streak? Or will the three-time champions prove too tough to overhaul?
Match Toss Time:17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time:18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Weather conditions and pitch
Delhi Capitals once again showed great courage and faith in their players as they took the field against Royal Challengers Bangalore with just three foreign players on their side. With Ripal Patel turning out to be a useful all-rounder for the side, we expect the Delhi management to feature the same Xl.
On the other hand, for the Chennai Super Kings, the middle-order looks shaky and the team will have to take a tough and bold decision between Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa. With Sam Curran being ruled out, we do not expect any surprises in the playing Xl.
Probable playing Xl
Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ripal Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa/ Suresh Raina, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis are two players who have been very consistent this season and given the situation, these are two are expected to play an important inning.
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are our two other must-picks. The DC openers have been tremendous touch and Dhawan has an incredible record against the CSK, scoring 426 runs against them. He is also the highest run-getter for Delhi Capitals vs the Chennai Super Kings.
DC vs CSK fantasy team
Captain and Vice-captain picks
Both teams look extremely strong on paper and it would require the biggest of efforts to separate the two teams. Keeping the result out, we are promised to witness an intriguing and nerve-wracking clash between the two sides.
Chennai are on a three-match losing steak and that may take a toll on the player's minds. However, given the nature of the game things can change quickly. Chennai’s bowling has not been upto the mark and their shaky middle-order may just give Capitals the edge.
Cricwizz predicts Delhi Capitals to win the match and seal their spot in the IPl 2021 final.
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