Two of the four winners from the opening round of matches go head-to-head at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi when the 2018 champions Chennai come to town.
The Capitals (or perhaps more accurately, Rishabh Pant) stormed to victory in their first opening round victory since 2013. The anticipated heir to MS Dhoni’s wicketkeeping throne clubbed his way to a freakish 78* (27) to get Delhi off to the perfect start in their quest for their first playoffs berth since 2012.
Their opponents, Chennai (CSK) were far from convincing with the bat in chasing down Bangalore’s paltry 70 in the season-opener. In fact, their run rate of 4.02 was by far their lowest run-rate in an IPL victory (previously 5.80).
Thank goodness for the outstanding performances of Harbhajan Singh(3/20) – the first man to take the first three wickets of an IPL season – plus Imran Tahir (3/9), who enjoyed the third-most economical spell in franchise history.
Visiting teams are addicted to chasing in Delhi: 70.97% of opponents elect to bat second when winning the toss (league average 64.43%), yet they have just a 55.26% win rate here when chasing.
CSK have long held sway over the Delhi franchise, enjoying a W12, L6 H2H record which includes four wins from six trips to the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Fantasy Cricket- Players to watch out for
Prithvi Shaw (DEL) continues to suffer from a lean run of form, falling for just seven in Mumbai after just 134 runs from eight T20 innings (avg 16.75) in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
But we doubt we’ll be seeing Shane Watson (CSK), player of the 2019 PSL, faltering with the bat again after his duck on Saturday.
DC vs CSK T20 – Expected Playing XI
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
Chennai Super Kings:
Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
The average powerplay score at the Feroz Shah Kotla is 46, while the average first innings score is 167 (second highest of the eight 2019 venues).
CSK own the record for the lowest score by a visiting team to the Feroz Shah Kotla: 110/8 against Delhi in the 2012 edition.
CSK have won eight of 12 against Delhi when batting first, as well as four of five at the Feroz Shah Kotla when also winning the toss.