It’s time for the 2019 IPL Qualifier 2 and setting up our two teams.
Winning their match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Chennai Super Kings lost Qualifier 1 to the Mumbai Indians. These two teams will now meet in Qualifier 2 to see who is going to play the Mumbai Indians at the IPL 2019 final.
The game will be played in Visakhapatnam, the same venue as the Eliminator, whichcould be a small advantage for Delhi. In IPL 2019, Chennai Super Kings won both their matches with ease against Delhi and they were also played on surfaces where the spinners were supreme.
Can Delhi Capitals ‘ young superstars make it past India’s most successful captain ever? All points to a clash of mouth-watering.
In an Indian Premier League (IPL) knockout match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, Delhi Capitals (DC) registered their first ever win. After the last thriller of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Delhi Capitals will look forward to continuing the momentum of victory when they take on the same venue on Friday in Qualifier 2 defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK).The Qualifier 2 winner will lock horns with Mumbai Indians, who defeated CSK on Sunday at the IPL 2019 final in Hyderabad with six wickets in Qualifier 1. Delhi Capitals are chasing history as they have never played an IPL final since they are the only side. It was CSK that denied Delhi a top-two spot in the league standings with Chepauk’s emphatic 80-run win and the MS Dhoni-led side is again standing in their way.
The tense Eliminator win, set up by their star player Rishabh Pant, is bound to provide an extra dose of motivation for the Vizag knock-out game. Pant’s 21-ball 49 in a high-pressure game rekindled the social media debate over his non-selection in India’s World Cup squad with former England captain Michael Vaughan saying it was “bonkers” not to have the young guard batsman in the mega event starting on May 30
Another young Prithvi Shaw gun also played a significant 56 innings and was happy to be back in the previous three innings after low scores among the runs.
Delhi will have the advantage of knowing the conditions better, having already played a game in Visakhapatnam. In the absence of Kagiso Rabada, their fast bowlers, Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma, did a decent job and were well supported by Keemo Paul, who picked up three wickets.
Another frugal veteran spinner, Amit Mishra, picked up an important wicket as well.
The batsmen would be rather relieved that they would not face Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh’s spin threat on a Chennai turner, but it would still be a challenge.
Another thing Delhi would have to be wary of is stage fright, though they were surely prepared for the tougher battles ahead by the Eliminator. On the other hand, CSK is used to playing the big matches, winning three titles in addition to four runners-ups.
Mumbai Indians hammered CSK in Qualifier 1, but expect to bounce back in style. After the disappointment with Mumbai Indians, Dhoni will expect an improved performance from his batsmen.
Since smashing a 53 ball 96 against Sunrisers on April 23, Opener Shane Watson hasn’t been among the runs.
DC vs CSK Qualifier 2 Squads:
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, J Suchith, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro.
The tosswinning team will bat second. In the Eliminator there was a lot of dew and the same is also expected for this match. Chasing is a clear advantage.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Qualifier 2 IPL 2019 will be played at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, between the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Capitals. It is expected that the weather will be clear and there will be no rain threat.
The pitch will be the focus of attention. History has shown that spin will be much harder to score than rhythm. This has also been true for the Eliminator. The team that is better playing and spinning bowls will emerge victorious.
At the surface, a score of about 160 is par.
CSK VS DC QUALIFIER 2 FANTASY CRICKET TIPS
Delhi finally won his first IPL playoff match in history and it was not an easy win.
After Martin Guptill seemed to take the game away from them, the bowling attack first staged a comeback and then the batting collapsed in the middle to make the match very close.
Delhi’s young players didn’t lose heart and played fearless cricket to win the match on their side. Now, the Delhi batting looks stronger than Chennai’s with Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishab Pant in shape.
In the previous match, Delhi picked Colin Munro instead of Colin Ingram. Munro isn’t the most comfortable against spin and has to play in the middle order out of position, but we think he’ll probably get another chance in this match.
Also quite intriguing is the addition of Sherfane Rutherford and Keemo Paul to the side. These are two young T20 players who are not considered as highly as some of the other bigger names, but who make a big impact whenever they get the chance.
Both also lengthen and protect the Delhi batting from a potential collapse.
The bowling in Delhi is also doing quite well. With the new ball,
Ishant Sharma was excellent while Amit Mishra is bowling at its best. Mishra, apart from Ravindra Jadeja, has given the least boundaries per number of balls bowled throughout the tournament.
In the past, Mishra had a tough time against Dhoni, and he’ll be aware of that.
This is a quite varied attack by Axar Patel, Trent Boult, and the two West Indians.
Out of the last 10 matches, Delhi has won 8 and is in very good form. However, it has lost quite convincingly against Chennai the two times it played in IPL 2019 against Chennai.
DC Predicted XI – Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, ShreyasIyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
The Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings very easily at their own Chennai fortress. It was a loss that would have shaken MS Dhoni’s confidence too. Chennai Super Kings have struggled for the whole tournament with their batting now and they can’t afford another poor show against Delhi.
We believe that when the surface is a little slow and there is some spin to take advantage of, Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings are at their best. Visakhapatnam’s previous match showed clear signs of slowing the wicket.
This will encourage the management of the Chennai team.
It was also evident from the press conference after the previous match by Stephen Flemming that Chennai is not going to make too many changes to his side. Players like Shane Watson who haven’t performed well this season will have another opportunity to make corrections.
Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, AmabatiRayadu, and Murali Vijay do not, at least in the current form, make a very reliable top order. This year, only Faf du Plessis has had some ongoing success. Not only are the players out of form, but even when they score some runs, they are not very fast scorers.
That’s why the report on the pitch will be very important. Chennai Super Kings are at a disadvantage against the strong Delhi Capitals if the pitch is good for batting.
Dhoni has a lot more to work with as far as the bowling goes. The attack on Chennai’s bowling was very economical. In fact, Chennai was the most economical bowling unit in IPL 2019 alongside Delhi.It’s hard to compete against Deepak Chahar’s ability to pick early wickets,
Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir to keep things tight, and Dwayne Bravo’s ability to take charge at the end.
However, as Mumbai showed in the previous match, some runs are needed to defend even this excellent bowling attack.
CSK Predicted XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis,Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey,Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, 9 Harbhajan Singh,Deepak Chahar,Imran Tahir
Winning the toss at this venue will be a big advantage. It was due in the Eliminator during the second half of the match and the same is also expected for Qualifier 2. A big advantage will be the side that bats second.
Generally speaking, conditions that favor spin play right in the Chennai Super Kings ‘ hands, but we think the Delhi Capitals have a good chance to win here. There is a good rhythm of batting and the bowling also performs as expected.
Young people’s ability to play without fear is a great advantage.
Bet on Delhi Capitals to win.
CSK VS DC QUALIFIER 2 DREAM11 TEAM
Faf du Plessis (C)
Shreyas Iyer (VC)
Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh,Keemo Paul,Ishant Sharma,Amit Mishra
•Faf du Plesis
Battle to watch: Imran Tahir VS Rishab Pant.
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