Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals, 10 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: The ground at Dubai has unequal boundary sizes, which affects the game 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.
Head to head: 15 CSK – 10 DC
Injured/Unavailable: There hasn’t been a firm news on the availability of Marcus Stoinis as yet, but with Delhi evidently grooming Ripal Patel as the fill-in, it won’t be a surprise if they go in unchanged.
Tactics and Match ups: Ruturaj Gaikwad getting out to the short ball twice in a row will tempt Delhi to try that once more against the opener. Also, Axar Patel’s left-arm spin could come into action early just as it did in their encounter against CSK a few days back.
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ripal Patel/Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Chennai Super Kings
Injured/Unavailable: The one logical change to their eleven could be the inclusion of Suresh Raina in place of Robin Uthappa, who has fared poorly in the two opportunities handed to him. However, head coach Stephen Fleming wasn’t able to provide a clear update on Raina’s injury status after their last league stage match against PBKS.
Tactics and Match ups: Deepak Chahar’s continued success against Prithvi Shaw, whom he has now bagged six times, will be key in the strategy against Delhi’s successful opening pair. Moeen Ali’s offspin too could play a big role in the match-up against Delhi’s left-handers.
Probable XI: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa/Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood
- Out of the 14 bowlers who have bowled at least 60 balls at the death in this IPL, Kagiso Rabada’s 10.84 is the worst economy rate. Avesh Khan, who has bowled 20 death overs to Rabada’s 13, has gone at 9.15 an over.
- Capitals have hit the fewest sixes of all teams by a big margin, 54. Super Kings are right at the top with 100. Super Kings have scored 1412 runs in the boundaries, the highest. Capitals have 1172, the second-lowest
- Delhi have beaten Chennai in their last four encounters.