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IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11. Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Preview Dream11 Prediction

Preview co-written by N.S. Shekhawat

Two matches, three teams and various uncertainties remain. We will be treated to one final MS Dhoni vs Rishabh Pant battle in IPL 2019, and this game is tough to pick.

MI have reached the IPL 2019 Final, but who will play them in the big game? Both DC and CSK have played good cricket throughout the tournament, but now one mistake can be costly.

Delhi Capitals have the chance to qualify for their first ever IPL Final. They are coming off their first ever win in a playoffs game, overcoming SRH in a tight game. They have a young team with plenty of talent, but their lack of experience is something they need to overcome. Rishabh Pant, who played an outstanding innings, could have finished the game off. But, despite the unfair criticism in some parts, he brought DC so close to victory when defeat stared them in the face. This time they are up against CSK, whom they have lost to twice this season. Can they beat them when it really counts?

The good news for Chennai Super Kings is that they won’t be playing MI (for now). However, they can’t take DC lightly. The problem for CSK is that their batting isn’t as powerful as it once was and they have to use their resources better. Experience has to come to the fore if they want to win, so will MS Dhoni promote himself up the batting order? Can they get things right tactically, such as not playing Murali Vijay in the middle order?

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Key to a CSK win

Is it time for CSK to move away from Shane Watson? His struggles have continued, which was further compounded by Murali Vijay batting out of his natural position. With CSK struggling in the powerplay, much is needed from the likes of Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina to provide a strong start. But, who partners du Plessis will be a crucial decision. Do CSK go with Vijay as opener, Dhoni at four, Rayudu at five and Mitchell Santner as there was turn in Vizag two nights ago?

Also, with DC’s openers each in some decent touch, Deepak Chahar will be key. He has often done a good job in IPL 2019, and CSK need him to deliver in the powerplay. With DC’s batsmen not comfortable with spin at times, evident in their 99 all out capitulation last week, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja will be key. Tahir has taken the second-most wickets in IPL 2019, and he will be key along with Dwayne Bravo who has to tame DC at the death.

IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11. Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Preview Dream11 Prediction
Image credit: BCCI. IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11 – Skipper Dhoni to lead from the front?

Key to a DC win

DC is looking a fine team, but some key questions need answering. Can Rishabh Pant continue his fine form, and then take DC to the finish line too? Otherwise, a risk of collapse like the one against KXIP earlier in the season can come to the fore. Also, if they wish to win against CSK, the following is key:

  • Don’t allow Deepak Chahar to settle. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw should look to attack him. Also, Ravindra Jadeja almost always gives CSK four handy overs, but if they attack him, he can sometimes struggle to respond effectively.
  • Play wisely against Imran Tahir. CSK’s legspinner took a four-wicket haul against DC very recently, so strike rotation and punishing any bad ball is crucial.

Also, how well DC go with Kagiso Rabada will again be key. Ishant Sharma continues to offer value to his side, and how Trent Boult (who was costly in the last game) goes will be crucial in getting into CSK’s lineup. In terms of spin, can Amit Mishra, who has struggled a bit in the past against CSK, deliver the goods?

IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11. Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Preview Dream11 Prediction
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Possible Playing 11

CSK have persisted with Shane Watson all season. However, that was possible given that CSK were winning games and sitting pretty at the top of the league. Now, a huge decision has to be made. Watson has performed in big games in the past, and it remains to be seen if CSK keep the faith. He has averaged 14.6 in the powerplay, the second-lowest for an opener in IPL history. If they choose not to pick him, Mitchell Santner could come in with Murali Vijay moving to opener.

CSK: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Faf du Plessis, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Murali Vijay, 5. Ambati Rayudu, 6. MS Dhoni (c & wk), 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Dwayne Bravo, 9. Harbhajan Singh, 10. Deepak Chahar, 11. Imran Tahir

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Trent Boult was expensive vs SRH, so DC could look at Chris Morris as more of an all-round option.

DC: 1. Prithvi Shaw, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Shreyas Iyer (c), 4. Rishabh Pant (wk), 5. Colin Ingram, 6. Sherfane Rutherford, 7. Axar Patel, 8. Keemo Paul, 9. Amit Mishra, 10. Chris Morris/ Trent Boult, 11. Ishant Sharma

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IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11. Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Preview Dream11 Prediction
IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11

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IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11. Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals Preview Dream11 Prediction
IPL 2019 Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Preview Dream11

Stats and Facts

  • Head-to-head: Matches 20 CSK 14, DC 6.
  • CSK have beaten DC twice this season, including bowling them out for 99 last game.
  • 213 of MS Dhoni’s 405 runs in IPL 2019 have come between overs 18 and 20.
  • Fast bowlers went for 9.6 an over in the Eliminator. Spinners? Six an over.
  • CSK’s spinners have taken a combined 55 wickets in IPL 2019. This is a record for a single team.

Match Prediction

N.S. Shekhawat: Well both teams have played some good cricket throughout the tournament. I know it may sound wrong, but Delhi can win. One reason is that they had played here before and also Chennai beat them on slow wickets like Delhi or in Chennai but here I don’t think it will be as slow (it will help spinners but won’t be as slow as Delhi or chennai) so I will go with Delhi.

Charbel: This is a really tough game to pick. CSK have the experience. DC have the youth. I will lean slightly towards experience and CSK’s ability to handle the big occasion. DC are untested as a team in this area, which is why CSK could come out on top. Could very well be wrong, which is why this game is so intriguing.

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