After clinching a victory in the super-over against Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals will be looking to play a steady hand from the beginning against Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
CSK, who lost their second match against an explosive Rajasthan Royals, will be focusing on containing the opposition batsmen. Skipper Dhoni will have devised a new plan after he was trolled for the previous one which saw him pulling off a Thala, just a little too late.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer(C), Rishabh Pant(WK), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Mohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Harshal Patel, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Daniel Sams, Lalit Yadav
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif
Starting XI Prediction:
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Mohit Sharma
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Dream XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
The game begins!
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are at the crease. Shaw is on strike. Deepak Chahar will open the attack for CSK.
Score after 5 overs - DC (30-0)
Delhi Capitals need more boundaries to make the most of the powerplay. Looks like CSK is doing a good job containing the batsmen.
Score after 10 overs - DC (88-0)
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have built a brilliant partnership upfront. The pair has settled in and boundaries are now steady.
Dhoni is continuously changing fields to try and contain the runs.
Score after 15 overs - DC (124-2)
Both Dhawan and Shaw have been dismissed. The run rate has decreased. Now skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant have to put up an explosive display in the death overs to help reach a respectable total.
Score after 20 overs - DC (175-3), CSK need 176 to win
Had the batsmen took more liberty in smashing boundaries, the score could have easily touched 200. The momentum decreased in the second half of the innings.
However, CSK, with an explosive batting lineup will look forward to finish the game with ease. All eyes will be on Faf du Plessis, who has turned up for Thala's side in both previous games.
Murali Vijay and Shane Watson are at the crease. Vijay is on strike. Kagiso Rabada will open the attack for DC.
Score after 5 overs - CSK (26-1)
CSK need to pick up pace to reach the required target. Loss of Shane Watson early on can prove to be costly for Dhoni and Co. Looks like du Plessis will once again have all eyes on him.
Score after 10 overs - CSK (47-3)
Even Ruturaj Gaikwad has been dismissed. Things are not looking good for Dad's army as the score has not even crossed 50 in 10 overs. Fans must be praying for a much-needed explosive innings from Kedar Jadhav, du Plessis and Dhoni.
Score after 15 overs - CSK (95-3)
CSK may have saved the wickets but that will not be of use if they don't collect runs. The target is plenty for Dhoni and Co to complete it in the death overs... unless du Plessis starts his show.
Delhi Capitals win by 44 runs
Another poor display Dhoni and Co. The batting line-up barring Faf du Plessis has been below par. Recent performances will now force Dhoni to devise a new strategy. The Whistle Army is definitely missing Ambati Rayudu's presence. His dominance in the first game is something which lacks in the current CSK squad.
This is the second loss for CSK in three games. If this continues, the three-time champions will not be the expected contenders to challenge Mumbai Indians and others for the title.