The Delhi Capitals overwhelmed the Chennai Super Kings by 44 runs when they met each other earlier this season.
The 34th match of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) 2020 will be played between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.
This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
The Delhi Capitals (DC) have been going really well in this edition of the tournament. After 8 games, they have got 6 wins to their name and are just a few steps away from sealing a playoffs spot. They managed to pull off an inspirational win against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their previous game and would be a confident unit heading into this game.
They will square off against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in this encounter. The Super Kings have had a troubled campaign thus far. But they seem to be getting back on track and registered a win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the last match. A few amends they made to their strategies seem to have worked and they’d fancy carrying the momentum forward.
DC vs CSK Weather Report for Match 34:
The temperature will be around 32 degrees Celsius initially. There will be strong winds in the first half of the first innings and the humidity levels will rise slightly at around 9 PM.
The Sharjah pitch isn’t the same as it was at the start of the tournament. The pitches have tired at this venue and hence the average scores have come down considerably. Rather than being tempted by the short boundaries, the teams should look to apply themselves according to the situation of the game.
Average first innings score:
203 (At this venue thus far in the tournament)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 2, Lost – 5, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Rishabh Pant underwent the fitness test before the last match but couldn’t make the cut. He is doubtful for this game as well. Shreyas Iyer also injured his shoulder while fielding in the last match but is likely to play this game.
DC vs CSK Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane/Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant/Alex Carey (wk), Axar Patel, Tushar Deshpande, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Rishabh Pant/Alex Carey, Ajinkya Rahane/Shimron Hetmyer, Mohit Sharma, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams, Lalit Yadav.
Chennai Super Kings:
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma
Lungi Ngidi, N Jagadeesan, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Kedar Jadhav, KM Asif, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Murali Vijay.
DC vs CSK Top Picks for Today’s League11 Match:
Faf du Plessis bagged a duck in the last match but is still the best batsman for CSK. In 8 games, he mustered 307 runs at an average over 50.
Shreyas Iyer mustered 298 runs in 8 games at an average of 43. He even registered two half-centuries in the tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan has been doing well with the bat. He scored a half-century in the last game and has accumulated 258 runs in the tournament so far.
Shane Watson is providing CSK with some fine starts. He batted at three in the last game and did a decent job. In 8 games so far, he scored 241 runs.
Sam Curran scored 99 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 190. He should be a great pick if he continues to open the innings. He also picked up 9 wickets with the ball.
Kagiso Rabada has picked up at least one wicket in each of his last 22 IPL games. He is the leading wicket-taker this tournament with 18 wickets from 8 games.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran
Vice-Captain Options – Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis
Rishabh Pant is still uncertain for this game. Hence, MS Dhoni is picked in both the teams. If he plays, you can make changes to your team after the toss.