- The first qualifier will be between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings
- The team that wins this match will directly make it to the final.
- In this season, Delhi has defeated Chennai in both the matches.
In the IPL today, once again the teams of former Team India captain MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant, who is considered to be the future captain of Team India, will clash with each other in Qualifier-1. In this third clash of the Guru and the disciples to be held this season, whoever wins, the silver is sure for the cricket fans. Chennai Super Kings will start off as a strong contender for victory against Delhi Capitals on the back of players having immense experience in playing big matches.
Delhi team topped the league with 20 points and that shows the consistency in their performance. Despite the tournament being postponed midway due to Kovid-19, Delhi maintained its consistency. Chennai have made it to the playoffs again after missing out last year. Out of the 12 IPLs he has participated in, his team has reached the playoffs 11 times.
Both have reached here with defeat
In the end, losing three matches in a row must have been an exasperation for their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Delhi also had to lose their last match. Srikar Bharat of Royal Challengers Bangalore shocked Delhi in this match by hitting a six off the last ball. This did not affect his condition but his confidence must have been shaken.
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Trust the strength of this team: Chennai has made it to the final eight times so far, out of which it has been the champion three times. This shows that the team has the ability to perform at its best in times of need. Chennai has been relying on its age-old experienced players and doesn’t change its team too much. Dhoni’s principle is clear, trust those who have been tried, those who have experience and that is why his team has players like Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis. Apart from these there are players of international level like Josh Hazlewood and Moeen Ali and former India captain Dhoni knows the kind of combination he wants.
Delhi’s bowling is strong
Delhi Capitals may have won 10 matches in the league stage but their batting didn’t show the same confidence. Prithvi Sauv (401 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (544 runs) played some good knocks but their batsmen could not dominate the UAE stage. Captain Rishabh Pant (362 runs) was able to perform well in pieces. The balance of his team was disturbed due to the injury of Marcus Stoinis. Shimron Hetmyer played a good role in the death overs but no other batsman could do that. Delhi’s strong side is its bowling. Avesh Khan (22 wickets), Axar Patel (15 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (13 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (nine wickets) have played their roles very well so far.
Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has proved to be the key to Chennai’s success this season. The opening batsman justified the confidence of his captain by forgetting the initial failures and so far this season he has scored 533 runs. It also includes a century. Batting with correct shots, Ruturaj can prove to be the biggest thorn in Delhi’s road. A total of 56 fours have come off the bat of Ruturaj, which is the most this season.
Despite being one of the best pacers in the team, the impression that Avesh Khan has left is commendable. This uncapped young Indian pacer has taken 22 wickets this season. In the presence of big names like Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh has played an important role in the success of the team by taking maximum wickets for the team. Apart from the wicket, Avesh has also been excellent in dot balls and has so far bowled 139 dot balls and this season he is in third place in this matter.
what will happen
can break morale
Delhi opener Prithvi Shaw is a destructive batsman. If he stays at the crease for a few overs, he may be able to play a long innings but in just a few balls, he can break the morale of the bowlers. For Chennai, it will be necessary to get Sav out of the way first and Deepak Chahar will be the best weapon for this. Chahar has so far dismissed this batsman 6 times. Chahar had won in the previous competition as well.
First attack on weak wall
Faf du Plessis is an expert in playing long innings. However, here the weak link has been seen in the opening pair of Chennai and the bowlers of Delhi would like to hit the weak wall first to break into the fort of Chennai. The most important weapons for this will be R Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada. The captain can open the bowling with these two. Both have run Faf three times each.
pitch and weather
With the increasing tournament, the pitch here has slowed down and the batsmen have faced some difficulty in scoring runs. However, after spending some time on the league pitch, the batsmen can collect the desired runs. The role of dew can also be seen in the second innings, so the team winning the toss would prefer to bat here. The heat in Dubai at the start of IPL has brought some relief to the players. Clouds are also visible in the sky, although there is no possibility of rain. The maximum temperature is likely to go up to 36 degrees.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c), Ripple Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Thakur, Josh Hazlewood