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IPL 2023: Top 3 Players to watch out for in Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals clash

Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals will take centre stage on May 10, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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Phil Salt Batting
Phil Salt Batting (Photo Source : BCCI/IPL)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns with Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 55th match of IPL 2023 on Tuesday, May 10, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chepauk. Chennai has played some exciting brand of cricket in the ongoing season and courtesy of which, they stand second on the IPL 2023 points table with six wins in 11 matches. They would look to put their best foot forward in the upcoming game.

Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have not been at their best in the T20 extravaganza and are placed at the bottom-most position with four wins in ten outings. However, they would take heart from the fact that they are entering the clash on Tuesday, having won their previous two games. David Warner & Co. would look to ride on the winning momentum and trump the four-time IPL champions. 

Here are the top 3 players to watch out for in the CSK vs DC clash

3. Phil Salt

Phil Salt Batting.
Phil Salt Batting. (Photo Source : Twitter/IPL)

Phil Salt has been a proven performer in the shortest format of the game. He has taken the attack to the opposition right from the get-go and knocked the wind out of top-quality attacks. The 26-year-old has featured in 185 T20 games and amassed 4269 runs at a stunning strike rate of 150.63.

Salt has been phenomenal in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich league. He has tormented batters with his marauding bat and provided Delhi Capitals with crackling starts. The wicketkeeper-batter has featured in five games and smashed 151 runs at an excellent strike rate of 177.64.

In Delhi’s previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Salt was in his element and hammered 87 runs off 45 deliveries, which included eight fours and six maximums. He would look to show his class in the forthcoming encounter against Chennai Super Kings.

2. Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: BCCI/IPL)

Ajinkya Rahane has been a bankable name in the Indian Premier League. The 34-year-old has shepherded the innings beautifully which allowed his stroke-maker partners to play with freedom. Furthermore, he showcased the aggressive aspect of the game when needed to put opposition bowlers under the pump.

Rahane has featured in 167 IPL matches and amassed a staggering tally of 4319 runs at a strike rate of 123.01. He has been quite magnificent in the 2023 season of the lucrative T20 tournament and obliterated bowling attacks with his glorious stroke play.

Rahane has featured in nine matches for Chennai Super Kings and plundered 245 runs at an exceptional strike rate of 181.48, which consists of two blistering half-centuries. The veteran batter has been in pristine touch and it would not be a surprise if he puts up a show with the bat in the upcoming encounter.

1. Axar Patel

Axar Patel
Axar Patel. (Photo Source: BCCI/IPL)

Axar Patel has been a prominent figure in the lucrative T20 tournament. He has featured in 132 IPL games and aggregated 1381 runs at a strike rate of 130.04. On the bowling front, the Indian all-rounder has bagged 108 wickets in those outings at an economy of 7.21.

Axar has set the 16th IPL edition on fire with his blistering performances. He has taken top-quality attacks to the cleaners and finished games for Delhi Capitals to perfection. The Southpaw has featured in 10 games and notched up 246 runs at a strike rate of 135.91, which includes a half-century.

Moreover, Axar has done a great job with the ball and stemmed the flow of runs with his consistent line and length. In the ongoing season, the 29-year-old has conceded runs at a superb economy of 6.81 and bagged seven wickets for his side. Axar has been at the top of his game in the IPL 2023 thus far, and the Delhi management would hope that he carries on the good work for David Warner & Co. in the forthcoming game.

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