CSK vs DC, Qualifier 1, 10 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
It’s the first qualifier tonight and it’s the clash of the table-toppers. Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings, the two most consistent teams of this edition of IPL, are up against each other, with the prize being a direct entry into Friday’s Final. On paper, CSK might still start as favorites, they know what it means to win the big moments, recent form notwithstanding, they hold an overall 15-10 lead over their opponents.
They have beaten them both times they have featured in the playoffs previously, but if there’s one thing going the Capitals way, it’s recent form and the fact that they have won their last four games against the Yellow army. This is also one team that have covered all the bases, you’d believe a maiden IPL title isn’t too far away.
Anrich Nortje | Delhi Capitals: “Really looking forward to the game, it’s nice to be involved in another playoff. We’ve played some good cricket and looking forward to the opportunity, it’s a big moment and hopefully we’ll get through.
The main thing is to stay calm, remember what you wanted to do and just remember the basics. We just can’t get carried away with the moment, try and play our best cricket. It would be nice (to get some time off if they win tonight), it was back-breaking to play three matches on the bounce.
Maybe one training session before we go into the finals day, that would be ideal. You have to try and use the conditions as much as possible, it’s been some changes needed as compared to the last season – I have tried to be as tight as possible, try and hit the stumps as much as possible.”
Faf du Plessis | Chennai Super Kings: “It’s a big game, that’s why we practice and play the game that we love, to get a great opportunity like tonight. You work hard to get here, so the guys are very excited to be here. Batting is about experience and learning about your own game. For me the game of T20 cricket is great because you feel like you’re always learning and it feels like I’ve got a recipe that I can trust.
Hopefully it comes off more times than not. It doesn’t make a difference whether you play someone that you have faced a lot in the nets or someone new. I am someone that doesn’t spend too much time worrying about or thinking about the opposition. Most of my energy goes into my own game and making sure that I can focus on those small processes what I need to do.
Preparation for me is about that and even when it comes to the mental prep of the game, it’s the same thing – try and make sure that you get yourself ready for whoever you face on the day. You know Flem (Fleming), not too much when it comes to the big game, so it (team meeting) was very short and sweet. It’s been pretty much the same right through the season.”
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— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) October 10, 2021