It’s the clash between the top-of-the-table teams, both led by Current and ex-Indian national team wicket-keepers, it’s Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni’s CSK and Pant’s DC have identical records and have won nine games, losing only three. The winner of this clash is likely to confirm a top 2 spot. This will be advantageous as even if they lose their first qualifier, they will still get a second chance vs the winner of 3rd and 4th.
When: Monday, 4th October 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Pitch report: The pitch is being used two days in a row, and is more sluggish than it has been throughout the tournament. Due could factor in as well.
The capitals team got a narrow victory against the Mumbai Indians, with the help of good knocks from Iyer and Ashwin. DC’s bowling lineup has been the best, especially in the second phase of the IPL. Rishabh Pant & Co. will be looking for this victory, as that’ll be a huge confidence booster because it is very likely this game could be the final as well.
The likes of Prithvi Shaw and Pant haven’t found their touch as of yet in Phase 2 and will be looking to do so in this game. Shreyas Iyer back in the squad has really bought stability to the team, and Steve Smith will look to make the most of his chances if he gets any more.
Marcus Stoinis still sits on the sidelines for DC.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmeyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Ben Dwarshius, Umesh Yadav
Chennai Super Kings
CSK are coming on the back of their first loss of Phase 2 vs Rajasthan Royals, however their opening sensation, Ruturaj Gaikwad got his first-ever hundred in the IPL. CSK has really changed their style this season, their top three tend to go hard against all the bowlers, and then the middle order brings a sense of calmness, experience, and stability to their batting.
In the game vs RR, CSK decided to rest Bravo and Chahar, their main bowlers, and hence weren’t able to defend a good total. The men in yellow might try some new combinations, but will look to win this game, as there experienced players will know this can be a psychological advantage against DC before going into the playoffs. No injuries for CSK.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Krishnappa Gautam, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Anrich Nortje
Shikhar Dhawan vs Deepak Chahar
MS Dhoni vs Rishabh Pant
Stats that Matter
- After his hundred, Gaikwad is now 2nd in the the Orange cap race(508).
- Shikhar Dhawan has been man of the match in their previous two games
- Deepak Chahar has got Shaw out 5 times in 50 balls.
- Jadeja has the highest batting average of 70.33
- Gaikwad is also second in the list for most fours(53) and sixes(20).
- Avesh Khan is second in purple cap race(21).