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Delhi Capitals, who registered their first playoff win the other day will be high on confidence as they face defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 on May 10 (Friday) at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. While Chennai have a fair knowledge of what it takes to play such a high-voltage game, everything is new for the young Delhi side. They reached the playoffs after six years and trumped Sunrisers Hyderabad in an exciting clash.
An exciting clash on the cards
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings will come from the back of a thumping defeat against the Mumbai Indians. The team have lost the momentum as the tournament reached its business end with their batting order failing to match up with the excellent work done by their bowlers. The likes of Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, and Faf du Plessis needs to score runs at the top to give their side a solid start for the middle order batters like MS Dhoni to come and pounce on it. The unavailability of Kedar Jadhav will hurt the team’s combination, but with MS Dhoni leading the pack, he will play his cards sharply.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals hold a two-nil record in favour of Chennai Super Kings this season. When the teams last met this season, Delhi were bowled out for 99, which didn’t just hurt their net run rate, denying them a top-two finish, but also their confidence. However, the team has come good in crunch situations with young Shreyas Iyer leading the side from the front. The management will hope Trent Boult to fire with the new ball who will play in place of injured Kagiso Rabada.
Both teams will be eager to secure a win as the winner sets the final clash with Mumbai Indians on May 12 (Sunday) at Hyderabad.
Date and Venue: May 10 (Friday), 7:30 PM IST, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Head to Head
Head-to-head records between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals
|Stats||Matches||CSK won||DC won||Tied/No Result|
|At Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium (Visakhapatnam)||–||–||–||–|
|In the last 10 matches||10||8||2||0/0|
|In IPL 2019||2||2||0||0/0|
It’s going to be as hot and humid, and the game is going to be as slow. There will be a significant amount of dew at night, meaning defending a target will be difficult. Thus, any skipper who wins the toss will opt to bowl first.
Chennai Super Kings have all the records by their side winning eight of the last ten games against Delhi Capitals. They have also defeated the Shreyas Iyer-led side in both the matches in IPL 2019.
However, Chennai have lost their footing at the business end of the tournament while the Capitals have gained it. Moreover, they will be high on confidence coming from a win and knowing this condition better playing the last game at this ground. Thus, Delhi Capitals, in all likelihood overplay Chennai Super Kings and book a place in the final.