IPL 2019 – Qualifier 2: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals – DC Predicted Playing XI

IPL 2019 – Qualifier 2: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals – DC Predicted Playing XI

In a crucial clash, Delhi Capitals will take on Chennai Super Kings in the 2nd qualifier.

Delhi players
Delhi players. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Delhi Capitals (DC) have been one of the most exciting teams in this IPL. They somehow manage to find a way to make dead games interesting, just like they did in the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The game was in the bag with two overs to go but DC lost wickets on regular intervals to take it very close.

However, they will be happy to get over the line. They played well and were ahead for the most part of the game against SRH. Some of the young Indian guns stepped up and took them through as well. Hence, they now move to the second Qualifier where they meet Chennai Super Kings at the same venue (Visakhapatnam).

Delhi adapted better as well to the pitch and conditions. They will have to do the same as CSK will enjoy playing in these conditions as well. Moreover, it was Delhi’s first-ever win in the knockout in the history of the IPL. Hence, they will be eyeing to make it to the final.

Openers (Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan)

The Delhi camp will be extremely happy with the way Prithvi Shaw played in the Eliminator. He’s been striking the ball well but has been finding ways to get out. However, he struck a fluent half-century which gave DC a rousing start to their chase.

Shikhar Dhawan’s form has been excellent this season. He did have a sluggish start but he turned it around nicely. He crossed the 500-run mark for the third time in his IPL career. Delhi’s problem has been the opening partnership. While Dhawan has done well and Shaw has got going in a couple of games, the opening partnership has hardly flourished this season.

Middle-order (Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Munro)

Despite the addition of Colin Munro in the last game, Delhi didn’t tinker with their batting line-up. Skipper Shreyas Iyer batted at No. 3 only. However, he’s failed to get going in the last couple of games. It’s not a lot to worry as he has scored consistently throughout the season.

Rishabh Pant was the game-changer in the Eliminator. His manic 49 took Delhi on the doorstep of victory. He’s been very good and will be hoping to continue his good form. Colin Munro came in for Colin Ingram and played a couple of eye-catching shots before he was dismissed by Rashid Khan. He is most likely going to hold on to his place despite the failure.

All-rounders (Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul)

Sherfane Rutherford hasn’t really set the IPL stage on fire. However, he’s an impact player and has the ability to come good. He can chip in with a couple of useful overs too. Meanwhile, Axar Patel has been doing well. He’s bowling economically and is chipping in with wickets as well.

Meanwhile, Keemo Paul was the hero for Delhi in the Eliminator when he struck a boundary when two runs were required off two balls. While he’s been disappointing with the bat, he’s done decently with the ball this season. He’s picked up nine wickets in seven games at a strike-rate of 16.1.

Bowlers (Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma)

Amit Mishra has been brilliant this season. He might not have picked up a lot of wickets but he’s bowled beautifully. In the Eliminator, he was DC’s best bowler as he had figures of 1/16 in his four overs.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma and Trent Boult will continue to shoulder the fast bowling responsibility. Ishant has been very good and has consistently picked up wickets. Boult has done well with the new ball but tends to go the distance at the death. Death bowling is something Delhi will look at closely because, in the absence of Kagiso Rabada, they have tended to leak a lot of runs.

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