Deadline: May 1, 2019 at 9 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Pitch, scores, and conditions
In the last contest at Chepauk, Mumbai handed Chennai their first defeat at the venue since 2013. The hosts were bundled out for a mere 109 runs in a chase of 156. They played without Dhoni, after all – in fact, in both matches Dhoni decided to rest, his team failed to reach the finish line. Lasith Malinga, the old warhorse, bagged 4 wickets.
The average first and second innings scores, at Chepauk this season, read 141 and 129 respectively. The team batting first has won four times in six games.
Probable XI for Chennai: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina (c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Shardul Thakur/Harbhajan Singh/Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
Dhoni and Jadeja were rested in the previous match due to illnesses. However, Jadeja was seen training on Monday evening, while there is no news on Dhoni’s availability yet. Murali Vijay will keep his place if Dhoni does not recover on time.
Probable XI for Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma
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My XI: Rishabh Pant (wk & vc), Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shreyas Iyer, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Sherfane Rutherford, Dwayne Bravo, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar
Both Chennai and Delhi have won 8 games in 12 matches, but the latter’s net run rate has placed them at the top of the table.
Bravo took a three-wicket haul the last time Delhi and Chennai locked horns. Thanks to Dhawan’s fighting half-century that Delhi managed a respectable score of 147 for 6. However, Watson’s breezy innings of 44 runs made the chase easier for Chennai, attaining the target with 6 wickets in hand and 2 balls to spare.
In the first 6 matches, Dhawan had managed a mere 152 runs at an average of 25.3 and strike rate of 116. Ponting complained that Dhawan needs to score runs quickly, and hence the southpaw had to up the ante. Since then, he has blasted 299 runs with a staggering strike rate of 151.1 in 6 matches, including four half-centuries. Whatever the head coach said must have motivated Dhawan. The numbers tell the story. His 486 runs have placed him at the fourth spot in the batting chart.
With Iyer (383 runs) and Pant (343 runs) batting at Nos. 3 and 4, Delhi’s batting gets mightier.
On the other hand, no Chennai batter appears in the top 10 list. With 314 runs, Dhoni is at the 18th spot.
Chennai’s batters may not have been in form, but their bowlers – without an iota of doubt – have been putting up match-winning performances.
Tahir, with 17 wickets in 12 games, continues to be at the second spot, while Chahar is 4 places lower with 2 wickets fewer. For Delhi, Rabada has taken bulk of the wickets (25), so much so that he aces the list.