IPL 2019, CSK vs DC: The stage will be set for the virtual semifinal clash between Delhi Capitals and the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Friday as the two teams face each other in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League 2019 season.
Mumbai Indians triumphed over CSK in the first qualifier and are already through to the final. Delhi have not reached a single final in the tournament’s history and would hope they can make most of the opportunity on Friday.
IPL 2019, CSK vs DC Buildup:
Colin Munro up the order
Interesting idea to promote Colin Munro. He's consistently struggled against spin in IPL cricket, dismissed every 9.6 deliveries he's faced from them - introducing him earlier might mean he can get stuck in, and be well set before the spinners come on.
More on that dismissal
That was too full for Prithvi Shaw to pull safely, and he's back in the dugout - but that shot has made him a lot of runs. The vast majority of his runs have come through square leg. He's excellent with the pull, but perhaps needs to play it more selectively.
LBW! DRS= Dhoni Review System . Umpire gives not-out to an LBW appeal against Shaw, but MSD goes for the review! Three reds on review, with the ball heading towards top of middle stump - Prithvi Shaw lbw to Deepak Chahar . And its OUT. DC- 21/1
Hat-trick of Boundaries
Shikhar Dhawan is setting the early pace! A Hat-trick of Boundaries for Gabbar. All the three were fullish in length and have been dispatched with ease. DC are off to a flier. DC- 20/0 in 2 ovs
First boundary of the day from the bat of Shaw. Chahar was short and the batsman pulls it through the square leg with authority. DC- 7/0 after 1 over.
CSK are the only side to beat DC twice in the league stage this season. Deepak Chahar to Prithvi Shaw & HERE WE GO!
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI):
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI):
Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
"It's a different surface from the one used in the Eliminator. This looks an even better surface as it's harder and hence, the ball should come onto the bat much better. There are a few cracks but the hardness should allow strokeplay," observes Michael Slater.
CSK top-order so far this season
With the likes of Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina in the side, CSK top-order is packed with match-winners. However, they’ve only had sporadic moments of brilliance so far this season and now is the time for them to justify the team management’s backing by producing a match-winning performance.
CSK vs DC: History
The two teams have previously faced each other on 19 occasions in IPL history, with Chennai Super Kings having the upper hand with 13 victories to their name, while Delhi have managed to win only 6 matches.
CSK have conceded the least number of sixes this season – 68. DC have registered the most number of ducks this season – 11. CSK are in second place with 10 ducks.
DC have lost 98 wickets this season – the most by any team. Their runs per wicket is at 24.20, the lowest by any franchise in IPL season 12.
CSK vs DC: This season
Both the matches in which the teams faced off against each other were won by Chennai Super Kings. Delhi Capitals lost the home game by 6 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla. CSK won the second game by 80 runs at Chepauk Stadium.
Delhi's batting unit
The Delhi Capitals’ batting revolve 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.
What the stats say
CSK will play Qualifier 2 after losing to Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first Eliminator with a ball to spare to extend their stay in the tournament. Both the teams will now lock horns with each other to register a place in the finals and take on Mumbai Indians on Sunday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. What the stats say about how the two teams stack up [CLICK HERE]
Pant is the best finisher among youngsters: Shaw
“In these T20 games, there’s a lot of pressure. I was praying that we win. Pant did a brilliant job. I have said that he is the best finisher among the young players. He always opens up the game for us. He has been doing very well. Unfortunately, he could not finish it for us, but Keemo did well in the end."
- Prithvi Shaw
Dhawan praises Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi
Shikhar Dhawan shares a strong bond with his former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) teammates Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. The Afghan duo played against Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL 2019 Eliminator on Wednesday while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Dhawan posed for a photo with Rashid and Nabi and lauded them for giving their everything in the high-voltage clash.
Kagiso Rabada or Imran Tahir?
Delhi Capitals' Kagiso Rabada is the leading wickettaker with 25 wickets in the season and the current holder of the Purple Cap. But Rabada has gone back to South Africa due to an injury. Imran Tahir has 23 wickets. Can he make the purple cap his own tonight?
#ParasakthiExpress has had a phenomenal summer with 23 wickets in 15 outings and sits on the 2nd spot in the list of leading wicket takers! Needs 2 more 'runs' to equal Kagiso Rabada! #RunTahirRun #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvDC 🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/P3OyAdsZG0— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 10 May 2019
Highest scoring batsman for both the teams
CSK: MS Dhoni - 405 runs in 13 matches
DC: Rishabh Pant - 450 in 15 matches
Can Murali Vijay repeat his innings?
DC vs CSK Preview
Delhi Capitals have the irreverence of youth. When a team replete with young talents overcome the odds and punch above their weight, it becomes enchanting. Apologies for drawing a football analogy, but an Ajax comparison won’t be out of place. The Dutch giants suffered last-gasp heartbreak in the European Cup semifinal against Tottenham. The IPL minnows will win many more hearts if they beat Chennai Super Kings in the virtual semifinal of the IPL 12 on Friday.
CSK vs DC Head to Head
Total number of matches played: 20
Matches won by CSK: 14
Matches won by DC: 6
Matched played in Chennai: 8 (CSK 6, DC 2)
Matches played in Delhi: 7 (CSK 5, DC 2)
CSK average score against DC: 163
DC average score against CSK: 143
Most runs for CSK: 520 (MS Dhoni)
Most runs for DC: 171 (Shreyas Iyer)
Most wickets for CSK: 11 (Dwayne Bravo)
Most wickets for DC: 8 (Amit Mishra)
"It's not about who we're playing, it's about how our preparations are. And we're really looking forward to it and hope we do what we've done earlier" - Prithvi Shaw on playing Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2
"Rather than going over the wicket, we now need to go round the wicket. That means the journey takes a longer time. But luckily, we finished in the top-two and that gives us a second chance" - MS Dhoni after losing Qualifier 1 to Mumbai Indians
Super Kings have won 14 out of the 20 matches between the sides.
Both teams have endured a season of two halves. Delhi lost three out of five before going on to win eight of the last 10 games. Super Kings, on the other hand, started by winning seven out of eight games but have lost five of their last seven games.
Shane Watson has five dismissals each against Amit Mishra and Axar Patel.
Super Kings have lost the most wickets (29), have the lowest average (19.38), poorest run rate (6.24) and most frequent balls per dismissal (18.62) in the first six overs this IPL.
Delhi have lost the most wickets (46), have the lowest average (13.09), worst balls per wicket (8.26) and second lowest scoring rate (9.51) in the death overs this IPL.
Super Kings spinners have taken 55 wickets this IPL so far - the most in a season by a team
CSK vs DC Predicted Playing XI
CSK Predicted Playing XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
DC Predicted Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Colin Munro/Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Hello and welcome
Hello and welcome to our live blog on the second qualifier of Indian Premier League 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. This will be all about Chennai's veterans against Delhi's young guns. Who will come out on top - time will tell.