The Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals have one final opportunity to progress to the VIVO IPL 2019 Final when they clash in Qualifier 2.
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.
The CSK management will be worried about the form of several of their batsmen. Barring MS Dhoni, none of the other batsmen feature in the top 18 run-getters of the season. Numbers best illustrate CSK’s batting woes. They lost 77 wickets in the entire 2018 season and have lost just as many so far this season; while their average runs per wicket stood at 36.48 in the 2018 season, the corresponding number for this season is 28.23.
The CSK top-order is packed with match-winners; each one of Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina can win matches on their own. However, they’ve only had sporadic moments of brilliance so far this season; now is the time – in a knockout contest – for them to justify the team management’s backing by producing a match-winning performance.
The Delhi Capitals have never previously competed in an IPL Final. The one final hurdle they have in their way is their nemesis; CSK are the only side to have defeated them twice this season.
The Capitals finished the league season in third position and had to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator to compete in Qualifier 2. The Capitals have looked a good side right through the season, and have benefited from different players winning matches on different occasions.The Capitals have the momentum of two wins behind them; if they continue to believe and do all the good things they’ve done so far this season, they could be boarding the flight to Hyderabad on Saturday morning.
Form might not be on their side heading into this match, but the Super Kings have several players with solid temperament and experience of playing in high-pressure matches. The Delhi Capitals’players may be found wanting on the temperament front and might not have too much experience of playing in such high-stakes matches, but they have the exuberance of youth.
Who will prevail: the experienced, or the exuberant?
10 May 2019, 1930 Hrs IST
ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Previous Match XIs:
Chennai Super Kings:Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar.
Delhi Capitals: PrithviShaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
If the Chennai Super Kings encounter a flat batting track, or if they have to chase a target in excess of 170, one of their top four, preferably two, needs to get a big score. Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni hold the key to the defending champions doing well with the bat. The shot selection of a few of the CSK batsmen left a lot to be desiredin the previous match; that, along with application, are areas the CSK batsmen will want to address consciously.
The Delhi Capitals’ batting revolves around Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. The Capitals management will be delighted that Prithvi Shaw, who has had a poor tournament, came good with the bat in the previous match.The teenager is often too loose with his choice of shots and doesn’t spend enough time at the crease to give himself the chance to succeed; temperament and shot selection are areas the youngster needs to work on.
On the bowling front, the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Capitals have been the most successful bowling sides this season. Both sides have quality spinners in their line-up, who will be expected to use the assistance in the surface and tie down the batsmen. On the pace bowling front, the Super Kings will want Deepak Chahar – who has taken the most wickets in the powerplay this season – to strike early yet again, while the Capitals will want Ishant Sharma to add to his tally of 12 wickets.
Head to Head in Indian Premier League
Overall: Matches – 20,Chennai Super Kings – 14, Delhi Capitals – 6.
Shreyas Iyer and MS Dhoni have won the most coin tosses this season; while Shreyas has won the toss in 10 of the Delhi Capitals’ 15 matches, Dhoni has won the toss in 9 of the 13 matches he has led the Chennai Super Kings in.
The Chennai Super Kings have a poor 3-5 win-loss record in away matches this season. The Delhi Capitals have the best away win-loss record this season; they’ve won 5 of their 7 matches on the road.
Chennai Super Kings have the lowest average opening partnership this season; their openers average 18.07 as a pair. The Delhi Capitals have the second-lowest average opening partnership this season – 27.27.
The Delhi Capitals are the only team to have used the same opening pair right through the season; Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have opened in all their 15 matches this season.
The Chennai Super Kings have a 4-0 win-loss record in matches played on May 10 over the years. The Delhi Capitals have a 3-3 win-loss record in matches played on May 10 in the years gone by.
The winner of this match will progress to the Final, where they will take on the Mumbai Indians. For the team that finishes on the wrong side of the result, it will be the end of the campaign as far as VIVO IPL 2019 is concerned.