IPL 2024, DC vs CSK: Pant’s Delhi in for stiff task against rampaging Chennai

Delhi and Chennai are all set to be up against each other in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match on Sunday, March 31 at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

The two teams have had contrasting starts to their campaign. The Super Kings are the defending champions, and they have played like one. Under their new skipper, Ruturaj Gaikwad, they are comfortably placed on top of the table with 4 points and a net run rate of +1.979 thanks to wins in both their matches.

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They will go into the game after beating the Shubman Gill-led Gujarat by 63 runs. After starting with back-to-back wins at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, CSK will be looking to carry the form in their away matches as well.

Delhi, on the other hand, have struggled to find their feet. After losing both their matches, they are languishing at ninth in the table with a net run rate of -0.528. In both their games against Punjab and Rajasthan, Delhi had their chance of winning, but somehow, they stuttered at the finishing hurdle.

Rishabh Pant, their skipper, has not had it easy after returning to competitive cricket. It would need a Herculean task from them to take down the might of CSK in their next encounter.

DC vs CSK: Head-to-Head

Chennai have dominated Delhi on the head-to-head count since their first meeting back in 2008. Out of 19 matches, CSK have beaten DC 19 times while losing only 10 games. Chennai have won all their last 4 games against Delhi. In their only meeting in Vizag back in 2019, CSK beat Delhi by 6 wickets.

DC vs CSK: Team News

Ishant Sharma injured his ankle in the match against Punjab and hence, he did not play against Rajasthan at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. For now, there is no update on his fitness. If he returns, it is highly likely that Mukesh Yadav may have to warm the benches.

The Super Kings have got off to the best possible start, and they may not want to tinker with their combination. Maheesh Theekshana may continue to warm the bench, with CSK again likely to prefer both Matheesha Pathirana and Mustafizur Rahman in their XI.

DC vs CSK: Pitch conditions

The pitch at the venue in Vizag is expected to be a belter. Bowlers may not have much room for error. Teams should opt to field first after winning the toss, since the track is not expected to change a lot throughout the duration of the game.

DC vs CSK: Probable XIs

DC Predicted XI: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Ricky Bhui, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Tristan Stubbs, Axar Patel, Sumit Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar

Impact Player: Abhishek Porel

CSK Predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Rachin Ravindra, Ajinkya Rahane, Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Sameer Rizvi, MS Dhoni (wk), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mustafizur Rahman

Impact Player: Matheesha Pathirana

Published By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Mar 31, 2024

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