Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns with Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021 on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. DC have thumped MS Dhoni & Co twice this season and will hope to continue their unbeaten run.
DC have played good cricket throughout the season with all their bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, and Avesh Khan stepping up to the task every time they have taken the field.
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There hasn’t been clarity on the availability of Marcus Stoinis as yet, but with Delhi seemingly grooming Ripal Patel as the fill-in, it won’t be a surprise if they go in unchanged.
On the other hand, CSK come into this game on the back of three defeats on the trot; however, skipper MS Dhoni has dismissed any claims of short of confidence within the players. While CSK’s bowling offers a lot of variety within the gamut of fast bowling the core strength of their make-up lies in the way they’ve picked batting might all the way through the order.
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Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis have been a force to reckon with at the top order and CSK will hope that their openers come good once again against DC, a fortress they are yet to conquer this season.
CSK vs DC – Head to Head
Dubai brings the unequal boundary sizes into play, especially against the spinners. The pitch, so far, has seen teams getting to the 160-mark often enough, and only twice get into the 180s in this leg.
CSK vs DC – Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
DC will come into this game brimming with confidence beating CSK twice this season. Although they went down against RCB in their last league game, they have played as a team throughout IPL and have looked a better side.
Last year’s finalists DC have played some exciting cricket and will start as the favourites to beat CSK and book a berth in the finals.