Date: 10 April 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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Chennai Super Kings will take on Delhi Capitals in the second league match of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams will be looking for a good start to the new IPL season. Delhi Capitals lost in the final last season and they will miss the services of captain Shreyas Iyer this season. Meanwhile, CSK have made some good additions to their squad and they will hope to put last season’s disappointing performance behind them.
The opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan offers the perfect blend of experience and youth for Delhi at the top of order. Skipper Rishabh Pant is in the form of his life while Marcus Stoinis will be the leading all-rounder for the side. But Capitals will miss the services of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada in this game owing to the mandatory quarantine.
New signing Jason Behrendorff will not be available for selection for the first two matches owing to the mandatory quarantine requirements. In addition, South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi also won’t feature in the first match after joining the team late owing to his international commitments.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has just recovered from the injury and will be available for this game.
CSK hugely missed Suresh Raina in the last season and the southpaw will have a big task on his shoulders in the batting department. This pitch at Wankhede Stadium has always been a brilliant batting wicket. So the top-order batsmen like Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Steve Smith will have an opportunity to go big if they can get a good start.
All-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Sam Curran played a vital role for their respective teams last season and they will again be tasked with dual roles in both the departments. Spin all-rounders Moeen Ali and Krishnappa Gowtham could also play a crucial role for CSK this season if they can get their act together. Fans will also expect a lot more from MS Dhoni after his underwhelming display in the last season.
Delhi have the upper hand in this fixture but CSK will be hungry to turn it around. In the absence of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, DC would be banking on India pace duo of Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. They will look to exploit a glaring weakness in CSK’s batting- the lack of game-time for some of their players as Raina has only played in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy since the 2019 IPL while Dhoni has not played any cricket since last year's IPL.
Probable Playing XI
Robin Uthappa/Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C and WK), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali/Imran Tahir, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (C and WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes/Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Wicket-keepers: Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith , Faf Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
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