IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: Chennai Super Kings with three titles are no underdogs as a resurgent Delhi Capitals runs into them for a maiden berth in IPL final.
The Super Kings, who finished second in the standings, lost to the Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 and therefore have to compete in Qualifier 2. The defending champions were the first side to secure a playoff berth, but they’ve haven’t looked all too convincing in the last few matches; after winning 7 of their first 8 matches, CSK only managed two wins in their following seven matches.
What: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals, Qualifier 2 on May 10, 07:30 PM LOCAL
Where: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
What to expect: It’s going to be as hot and humid, and the game is going to be as slow. Now with tactics laid out the table, expect teams to go harder in the powerplay in order to buy themselves some time against the softer ball later. There will be dew again in the night, meaning defending a target will be difficult. The team winning the toss is almost certain to bowl first.
Chennai Super Kings: From the kind of pitches this season has seen, Super Kings have been quite fortunate. They have another similar pitch waiting, though the turn won’t be as prodigious as at Chepauk. Murali Vijay replaced injured Kedar Jadhav in Qualifier 1 and made run-a-ball 26. He should keep his place.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
Delhi Capitals: It wasn’t a perfect game for Delhi but they did the job alright. Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant’s innings sandwiched a slow-boiling middle. Colin Munro looked all at sea against spin and could lose his place to Colin Ingram. Trent Boult had another average outing with the ball but do they see Chris Morris as the pace spearhead alongside Ishant Sharma?
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Colin Munro/Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Did you know
Super Kings have won 14 out of the 20 matches between the sides.
Both teams have endured a season of two halves. Delhi lost three out of five before going on to win eight of the last 10 games. Super Kings, on the other hand, started by winning seven out of eight games but have lost five of their last seven games.
Shane Watson has five dismissals each against Amit Mishra and Axar Patel.
Super Kings have lost the most wickets (29), have the lowest average (19.38), poorest run rate (6.24) and most frequent balls per dismissal (18.62) in the first six overs this IPL.
Delhi have lost the most wickets (46), have the lowest average (13.09), worst balls per wicket (8.26) and second lowest scoring rate (9.51) in the death overs this IPL.
Super Kings spinners have taken 55 wickets this IPL so far – the most in a season by a team