Match Preview

Chennai Super Kings will face Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021 on 10 October at Dubai International Stadium. CSK has depth and experience in their roster, and many of them have already excelled in high-pressure playoff situations in the IPL and under MS Dhoni, CSK has become a master of big games. Delhi Capitals have had a fantastic season thanks to the mercurial Rishabh Pant. They had advanced to the finals of IPL 2020 and will wish to go one step further and win the tournament for the first time this season.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35 °C


Total matches                                          47

Matches won batting first                        22

Matches won bowling first                      25

Average 1st Inns scores                        140

Average 2nd Inns scores                       129

Highest total recorded                           225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                            87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                            166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended                         129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Rishabh Pant –  This left-handed batsman’s skill set and the expertise required by the IPL are perfectly aligned. He’s a powerful puncher who can easily cross the ropes and land a variety of punches.

Matches – 130

Runs – 3842

Average – 32.54

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Ruturaj Gaikwad – Gaikwad is a free-striking opener whose style is based on fluidity. Early on, his ability to remain calm and risk-free while scoring at a decent rate garnered attention. He bats with subtle touches and timing rather than the new power-hitting module used by most rookie hitters.

Matches – 55

Runs – 1709

Average – 35.60

2) Shikhar Dhawan – Dhawan, a left-handed opener by nature, has been a cornerstone of Delhi’s line-up for years and leads an unstoppable top-order. He is strong on the off-side with his cuts and drives due to his side-on stance and minimal trigger movement.

Matches – 301

Runs – 8732

Average – 32.58

3) Faf Du Plessis –  His traditional, all-conditions technique and relentless approach at the crease make him a tremendous asset in the age of T20 cricket. His adaptability is also a tribute to his capacity to hit it big.

Matches – 264

Runs – 6758

Average – 30.85

4) Prithvi Shaw – Shaw possesses a god-given ability to time the cricket ball, with a low grip and a heavily bottom-handed approach, as well as a superb bat-swing. His strong stroke play, quick footwork, and unwavering consistency earned him a spot on the team.

Matches – 65

Runs – 1601

Average – 24.63

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Anrich Nortje – Anrich is a speedster with a reputation for being a tearaway. He’s tall, swift, and always seems to be in the middle of nowhere, moving at a fast pace. He is the ultimate white-ball cricketer because of his predilection for bowling yorkers.

Matches – 58

Wickets – 71

Economy – 7.35

2) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he prefers to use scrambled seam deliveries to make the ball appear to be off the wicket. He’s the closest thing we’ve got to a ‘perfect combination.’

Matches – 128

Wickets – 170

Economy – 7.89

3) Shardul Thakur – He has gained outstanding skills over the years, notably bowling as an outswinger, which he excels at. Because of his ability to maintain seam placements while maintaining his pace, he poses a significant threat to batsmen all over the world.

Matches – 120

Wickets – 142

Economy – 8.51

4) Josh Hazlewood – With his steady precision, he has smothered countless batters, and he has also worked to adapt his arsenal to the format. He’ll be eager to make an impression and prove his versatility as a bowler.

Matches – 55

Wickets – 63

Economy – 7.51

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Dwayne Bravo – Because of his versatility, he was one of the most sought-after names in T20 leagues. Bravo bowled like a classic seam bowler, but he was particularly effective in the slog overs of the innings, which was crucial to his team’s success.

Matches – 505

Runs – 6601

Average – 23.83

Wickets – 549

Economy – 8.20

2) Ravindra Jadeja – The left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler has established himself as a skilled fielder and hard-hitting batsman in the middle order. His great wicket-taking abilities and flair with the bat make him a valuable pick for the next match.

Matches – 266

Runs – 2813

Average – 25.1

Wickets – 174

Economy – 7.60

3) Ravichandran Ashwin – With his street-smart exploits in the IPL, Ashwin exploded into the scene, opening the bowling at the death and coming on when wickets were needed. He is an important and critical pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 258

Runs – 795

Average – 13.47

Wickets – 253

Economy – 6.94

Predicted Playing 11

Chennai Super Kings

Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina/Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni (wk/Captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Captain/WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav/Ripal Patel, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan


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