Chennai Super Kings
Chennai got off the mark against Bangalore in what was a pretty dominating performance on their part and that is in many ways going to be their blueprint for success in this tournament. With Ngidi missing, the team is heavily reliant on its spinning options that could be one of their few weaknesses.
Playing at Feroz Shah Kotla which is traditionally expected to be on the slower side we’d need to see how Dhoni works with his bowlers and how he uses his spinners. We might see Harbhajan opening the bowling yet again and there might be a slightly unconventional approach in play as far as the utilization of the fast bowlers is concerned.
The batting side of things on the other end looks pretty secure with a key player like Faf Du Plessis not even making the cut in the last game. CSK does look like a pretty settle unit for now and would be looking to build on the momentum from the first game.
The player under the spotlight
3 wickets in his first spell on his return were prized figures for a living legend of the game who many might not be mistaken to think has retired. Harbhajan Singh created a huge dent at the start of the innings and RCB never really recovered from that one. All eyes would be on “Bhajji Bro” to see how he will fare in this tournament.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur
The verdict for the team after the first match at Wankhede in the IPL 2019? This team is good. And for a change, they play like a team. They have Shikhar Dhawan who is the acting like an anchor for the innings while all the trailblazers around him like Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Colin Ingram and Of course Rishabh Pant are given the license to express themselves. In the bowling unit, they have Rabada, Boult, and Ishant which makes them a pretty potent attack.
The team from Delhi is good and with the volumes of talent that they have at their disposal, you expect them to score big. The biggest question mark for them could be the pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla. While the pitch at Wankhede was flat and allowed the ball to come to the bat nicely, Kotla might be a bit on the slower side and could actually hinder the free-flowing strokeplay that Delhi would thrive on.
The player under the spotlight
There has been a lot of talk around Rishabh Pant but under the radar, there is another prodigious talent in the Delhi camp that opens the innings for them. Prithvi Shaw has just returned from injury and would be looking to make a mark himself and opening the innings does provide him a good platform to do exactly that.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer (c), Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Rahul Tewatia Trent Boult, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma
IPL 2019 Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals (CSK vs DC) Preview and Prediction
Delhi’s fortunes could depend on the pitch the match gets played on. If the pitch is on the slower side then the advantage is completely on the side of CSK because of their spin-heavy attack. But on the other hand, if the pitch is similar to Wankhede or is simply on the faster side it Delhi could make a fight of it.
CSK with all its experience has more ways to win this match. If the pitch is slow they are the outright favorites. If the pitch is flat even then their deep and experienced batting lineup is a more bankable proposition than Delhi.
With the pitch traditionally expected to be on the slower side, CSK has the edge in this one and we could expect a par score around 160.
Total Score: Under 328.5 @ 1.83 at Pinnacle Sports