Chennai Super Kings are not unfamiliar to playing in playoffs, rather as a team they thrive and will start as favourites in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals on Sunday.
Rishabh Pant-led Delhi entered the playoff stage as the top team with 20 points but were stunned in their last league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by a K Bharat’s last-ball six.
Chennai have been in final eight times and have thrice lifted the trophy, so it is in the business end of the tournament they have the ability to lift their game to another level.
Moreover, they are a side who do not like to experiment rather put faith on its tried and tested players over the years, such as Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni himself. But in the last two years Ruturaj Gaikwad has been a find for Chennai.
Then they have the experience of Moeen Ali and Josh Hazlewood, who along with Shardul Thakul and Deepak Chahar make up the bowling attack.
Delhi, despite its 10 wins, have not been playing their top game. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan have got starts in the UAE leg but have really not capitalised, same with skipper Pant. Delhi would really hope allrounder Marcus Stoinis returning, which would strengthen the middle-order along with Shimron Hetmyer.
However, Delhi’s strength has been its bowling, which included the likes of Avesh Khan (22 wickets), Axar Patel (15 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (13 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (9 wickets). But their real concern has been the power hitting in the death overs.
Where to watch IPL 2021 Qualifier 1 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals live on TV?
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi will provide live telecast of the Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals match in India.
Where to watch the CSK and DC match live online?
Disney+Hotstar VIP will provide live streaming of the IPL 2021 game between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.
What time the match starts: Qualifier 1 match between Chennai and Delhi starts at 7:30 PM IST.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala, Pravin Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.