The Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils will come up against each other for the first time in Match 30 of VIVO IPL 2018.
CSK sit in the top half of the standings with five wins and two losses. In their most recent outing – on Saturday night, they lost a close one to the Mumbai Indians. Batting first, CSK posted 169-5, which MI chased down in the last over. The CSK innings did not have the momentum that one usually expects to see in a 20-over contest; the start was slow, and there were periods of quiet in the middle of the innings too. In his chat at the post-match presentation, the CSK captain MS Dhoni admitted that his team were about 15-20 runs short, and that cost them the match. CSK will take confidence from the fact that they could still compete, even after losing one of their frontline bowlers (Deepak Chahar). CSK will be mindful that if only they had executed the one percenters better, the outcome of the game could have been different.
The Delhi Daredevils were the first team to hit the reset button midway through the season. After Gautam Gambhir decided to step down and Shreyas Iyer was given the commands of the team, the results showed instantly. In their previous match – Shreyas’ first as captain – DD posted the highest total of the season and then applied the squeeze on the visiting Kolkata Knight Riders to win by 55 runs. That win lifted the Daredevils from the bottom of the table, and they will be keen to build on that momentum and string together a series of wins.
30 April 2018, 2000Hrs (IST)
MCA’s International Stadium, Pune
Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina are the two important cogs in CSK’s batting plans. The right-handed Rayudu is thriving on the new responsibility handed to him; asked to open the innings, the 32-year old is batting with freedom and in a manner seldom seen previously. Rayudu, CSK’s top run-getter this season, has made scores of 79, 82 and 46 in his last three innings – those runs coming at a strike-rate of 165.60. In the previous match, Raina was back to doing what he does best; he batted fluently for most part of his innings and finished innings top-scorer with 75 not out. The left-hander was slow to hit his straps, but CSK will believe he is close to his best, if not at his best already.
Prithvi Shaw wowed during his knocked of 62 against the Kolkata Knight Riders; the 18-year old played a few strokes which elicited comparisons with some of the legends. There is no doubting the talent or his ability; can the young lad turn to be a reliable run-scorer in a demanding format such as T20? In this match, Shaw will be up against several experienced players and will be tested thoroughly.
Shreyas Iyer is the Delhi Daredevils’ top run-getter this season. With half-centuries in each of his last three innings, Shreyas - now DD captain - will expect to extend that streak further and lead by example.
After a slow start to the competition, Dwayne Bravo is back among the wickets for CSK; the Trinidadian bowls the difficult overs – most of them at the fag end of the innings – and picks up wickets regularly, mainly by employing the wicket-to-wicket bowling or by using change of pace. In his last 5 matches, Bravo has picked up 7 wickets, and has gone at an acceptable economy of 9.00.
For DD, Trent Boult has picked up wickets in every one of his 7 matches. The left-arm pacer’s economy – 8.74 isn’t too bad as well. The Daredevils will want him to prise out a few early wickets.
The Super Kings have lost Deepak Chahar to a hamstring injury, and that means Shardul Thakur needs to step up and not only play the role of spearhead but also look at restraining the runs. Avesh Khan has impressed with his pace and ability to generate bounce, and performing against a top-notch side like CSK will only enhance his reputation further.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 16, Chennai Super Kings won – 11, Delhi Daredevils won – 5
9 of the last 13 IPL matches played in Pune – dating back to 2016 – have been won by the team chasing.
Trent Boult has now picked up at least one wicket in each of his last 10 IPL matches.
CSK have lost the fewest wickets among all teams this season – 37. They have the highest overall scoring rate too – 9.54.
The Chennai Super Kings will enjoy a brief break after this match; their next is the home match scheduled against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 5. The Delhi Daredevils’ next will be their home match against Rajasthan Royals, scheduled for May 2.