Date: October 4, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Live Ball-by-ball Commentary: SportsTiger App
Preview: It is the top-of-the-table clash between Delhi and Chennai in the Indian T20 League on Monday. Although the match may seem a little insignificant as far as the race to the playoffs is concerned, make no mistake the match is your escape from the Monday Blues. The reason that these two sides have managed to dominate this season of the competition is that they hate losing and given that they could well face each other at some stage in the final four, this would be a good time for a dress rehearsal.
Both the teams have a few unanswered questions though, the form of Suresh Raina, the fitness of Marcus Stoinis for instance. But they have more things sorted than otherwise as they look forward to the business end of the tournament. Teams may even want to rest their key players ahead of the knockout matches, especially the Chennai camp which has a handful of players in the late 30s in their setup. All in all, this ought to be a blockbuster coming your way from Dubai.
Position in the Indian T20 League standings:
Delhi: Current Position: 2nd (18 points in 12 matches)
Chennai: Current Position: 1st (18 points in 12 matches)
Delhi: Delhi would want Marcus Stoinis to recover from his injury before the playoff stages and ideally have him play at least one league match before the knockouts. However, there is no official statement to back the proposition that he might be fit before the playoff games. In the absence of Stoinis, their balance does go off a little bit but such is the depth of the side they are still able to win convincingly
Chennai: The side too might continue to rest Deepak Chahar and even some of the other bowlers who can afford a break to be fresh for the important matches coming up in the playoffs. Otherwise, Dhoni does not like to make too many changes in the playing XI.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 24
Delhi – 9
Chennai – 15
Faf du Plessis: The veteran South African opener Faf du Plessis has been the perfect partner for young Ruturaj Gaikwad. While Gaikwad has taken his game to the next level, even scoring his maiden T20 hundred against Rajasthan on Sunday, Du Plessis has played the perfect partner for him, sometimes being the aggressor and at other times ensuring that one end is safe as a house. A big reason behind Gaikwad's success has been du Plessis too and he will be the key yet again.
Kagiso Rabada: Another Protea, Rabada hasn't had the best of season so far and would be eager to find his form as the team heads into the playoff stage of the tournament. The right-arm fast bowler has been taken to the cleaners which is the con of the extra pace which he generates. But given the international experience that he has, the 26-year-old will be looking to take a few crucial wickets for his side and make a comeback after a few quiet outings.
Probable Playing XI:
Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Josh Hazlewood