Delhi Daredevils are out of the running for the playoffs as they remain at the bottom of the table with 6 points. With nine losses in the twelve games they’ve played, DD failed to make a comeback like the rest of teams at the bottom did and has now lost its chance this season to make any significant change to its position.
CSK, on the other hand, have won eight matches of twelve and will look to gain that two more points that would place them at par with the Sunrisers, before they head to the playoffs. With their net run rate, they will replace SRH on top with a victory tonight and will secure a spot in the top two.
Today’s weather forecast has the warning of probable rain and relatively cooler temperatures. Feroz Shah Kotla has always been known to be batsman-friendly.
A win for the Delhi Daredevils will not do much good as they are six points behind Kings XI Punjab, who are placed seventh. However, with young and ambitious Shreyas Iyer as the captain, they will play for the sake of their dignity and self-respect. CSK is the more probable, some might say definite, winners tonight.
Head-to-head, DD has clashed with CSK seventeen times previously, of which they have won only five times. Even at Kotla, DD’s home base, CSK has had a better running.
CSK has had a good season after the two years ban from the IPL. With the change of venue from Chennai to Pune, they have still managed to gain footing. They have had consistent performances and have provided entertaining matches for all cricket fans to enjoy. They have also been the only team to have defended themselves against SRH’s bowling attack both matches this season.
With their deadly opener duo of Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson, the team has chased high totals and emerged victoriously. Especially Rayudu’s performance this season with 535 runs across twelve matches, he is a contender for the orange cap. Even MS Dhoni was found to only have words of praise after his unbeaten century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match.
“Even before IPL started I had to make space for Rayudu because he is somebody I rate very highly. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. Most teams look to exploit the opener with spin bowling. He is someone who does not look like a big hitter but almost clears the field every time he plays the big shot.”, Dhoni was stated as saying.
Watson has also had an exceptional performance with 424 runs in his pocket.
DD, on the other hand, lies on the opposite side of the spectrum with their issue being inconsistency and lack of coordination. With big names like Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, they were unable to bring them all together and form a solid wall against any team. With the change in captaincy, they seemed to be doing well as they won three matches back to back, but as soon as they tasted defeat again, they found themselves unable to stand back up.
Sandeep Lamichhane, Abhishek Sharma, and Junior Dala made their IPL debuts in DD’s last match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and will be expected to make an appearance again. Spinner Sandeep opened the bowling debut for the Delhi boys last time while Sharma impressed with his unbeaten 46 off 19 balls. Dala, however, was unable to make an impression as he conceded 34 runs in 3 overs with no wickets. CSK will mostly stick with the same lineup with a position in the top two on the line.
This game may be a dead end but with ferocious CSK supporters and loyal DD fans in the stadium, this may just turn out to be a match for respect rather than the points.