Dubai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will play their third match of IPL 2020 against Delhi Capitals (DC) today. After defeating Mumbai in the first match, keeping in mind the defeat against Rajasthan Royals in the second match, Dhoni will go down on the ground. This will be the second match for Delhi. If Delhi had won against Punjab in their first match, the team’s confidence would have increased. While on one hand there will be the enthusiasm of young players of Delhi, on the other hand the army of experienced players of Chennai. There are chances of a tough competition in the competition.
Talking about the Chennai team, their spinners’ poor performance and disappointing 20th over can be attributed to the defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Sharjah’s batting pitch. But batsmen cannot completely fall out, especially Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav and captain Dhoni himself.
In that match, Dhoni went to bat at number seven. He sent Sam Kuren, Jadhav and Ruturaj Gaikwad off the bat before himself but this strategy failed miserably for him, which increased the pressure on Faf du Plessis to score too many runs in a short time. In such a situation, this veteran player can be seen batting in the middle order in the match against Delhi and the fans will be hoping for a big innings with their bat this time.
Apart from this, the spinners of Dhoni’s team had performed poorly in the last match. In such a situation, Dhoni can give Karan Sharma a place in the team in place of Piyush Chawla.
The victory in the opening match for Delhi Capitals has increased their players’ confidence considerably. The Delhi team has big hitters like Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Captain Shreyas Iyer and the hero of last match Marcus Stoinis.
However Ravichandran Ashwin may be absent due to a shoulder injury. In such a situation, Delhi may have to make some changes in their bowling line up. If Ashwin does not play, then senior spinner Amit Mishra may have the option to field Akshar Patel as his partner.
The team’s fielding coach Mohammad Kaif said the match, ‘We will decide on Ashwin after today’s practice session. He is coming for training. Our physio Patrick Farhart will decide. He said, ‘It is good that we have a bowler like Amit Mishra ready to take his place, who has a lot of experience’.
At the same time, teams like Chennai Super Kings like to attack in the last 10 overs, then the Capitals can try Harshal Patel. Apart from this, fast bowler Mohit Sharma and Kagiso Rabada are included in the team.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessi, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Angidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curren, N Jagadishan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
Delhi capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ishant Sharma, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Lamichane, Chemo Paul, Daniel Symes, Mohit Sharma, Enrich Norje, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Avesh Khan, Tusshar Deshpande, Harshal Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav.