Indian T20 League 2019, Qualifier 2: Chennai v Delhi – Dream 11 and Dotball Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Updates
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Updated - May 9, 2019 11:11 pm
It will be a battle between experience and youth. Chennai had achieved a double over Delhi in the league stages but playing in an Eliminator that too after a comprehensive defeat in the previous game has a pressure of its own. Delhi will be delighted to finally win a game in the qualifiers and will now look forward to continuing the good work and seal a spot in the finals for the first time.
Chennai conceded their third straight defeat against Mumbai this year and will have to put it behind in order to start afresh. They were shoddy in the field and will aim to support their bowlers more in this virtual semi-final against Delhi which will be played at Visakhapatnam on Friday.
The biggest dilemma for fantasy-team lovers will be between Dhoni and his protege Pant. Both have had good seasons but Dhoni has been far more consistent than his understudy and has a knack for playing a big hand in crunch games plus will also have happy memories of playing at this ground.
Spinners will play a big role yet again as they did in the previous game here and Chennai have plenty of quality ones in their ranks. Sticking to the theme employed by both teams in the previous contest here, the openers in this game will go hard against the new ball before the spinners apply the strangle. Because of their superior record this year and they possess quality spinners in their side, Chennai will start this game as the favourites.
Wicket-Keeper: MS Dhoni (C)
Batsmen: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers: Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar
Wicket-Keeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Prithvi Shaw, Shikar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(C), Colin Munro
All-Rounders: Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford
Bowlers: Keemo Paul, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult
Dotball team for Head to Head/Small Contests:
Wicket-Keeper: Rishabh Pant (C)
Batsmen: Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Imran Tahir (VC), Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar
Captain and Vice-Captain choices:
Captain: Rishabh Pant’s magic helped Delhi get out of a tight spot in the Eliminator. He has started playing with a lot more responsibility and will hold the key yet again against heavyweights Chennai. Hailed as a murderer of spin bowling, Pant will have to pick the right balls like he has been doing in the last couple of games.
Vice-Captain: Tahir had a rare off day in the last game and yet came away with 2 for 33. His variety and control will be highly effective on this surface. Having picked 4 for 12 against Delhi a few days ago which included the prized scalp of Pant, Tahir will surely have an upper hand coming into this game.
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Keemo Paul is not express but has a fair bit of variety up his sleeves which could pose a big threat at the Vizag surface. He can also swing his bat around at the end which is an added advantage.
Safe Captain Choices:
Risky Captain Choices:
Dotball Team for Large/Grand Contests:
Wicket-Keeper: MS Dhoni
Batsmen: Ambati Rayudu, Shikar Dhawan (C), Prithvi Shaw
All-rounders: Dwayne Bravo, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Amit Mishra, Keemo Paul, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar (VC), Trent Boult
Captain and Vice-Captain choices:
Captain: Dhawan has had a big impact in Delhi’s successful run so far this year. He has been very aggressive at the top of the order and brought in all his international experience to shoulder the responsibility to a young batting line-up. The southpaw has 503 runs at 35.92 in 15 games all coming at an impressive strike rate of 135.94. He could play a big hand in this knockout clash.
Vice-Captain: Deepak Chahar has struck crucial blows with the new ball and is in the middle of a fantastic season. His swing will trouble batsmen as the conditions will offer assistance to the new ball bowlers. In 15 games, Chahar has given runs at 7.57 while collecting 17 wickets and will love to add a few more to the tally.
Amit Mishra has used all his experience and has delivered tight spells in the middle overs while conceding runs at only 6.91. If he can get his trajectory a tad bit flatter, he could inflict major damage at Vizag.
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Dream 11 Prediction
Suggested Playing XI No. 1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues
Wicket-keeper – Rishabh Pant
Batsmen – Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis (VC), Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw
All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra
Ishant Sharma will be a dangerous operator in the Powerplay and has a proven record to speak for it this year. With the opening batsmen looking to get as many as possible in the Powerplay, Ishant could strike early yet again.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/ Mega Leagues:
Wicket-keeper – MS Dhoni
Batsmen – Suresh Raina (C), Shane Watson, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw (VC)
All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Axar Patel
Bowlers – Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul
Shane Watson is a man reserved for the big occasion. He will definitely want to repay the faith showed in him by the franchise with a match-winning contribution.