IPL 2019 DC Vs CSK Game Preview (Game 5)
“Lekin is baar main unki team pe aisa barsunga, ki captain cool, cool nahi rahenge” said a promotional advertisement that got a lot of eyebrows up in anticipation of what Rishabh Pant had to offer this IPL. After all he really has the biggest boots to fill because his master is who they call ‘Thala” with Yellove. What has the apprentice got to show the maestro who has probably shown the world every last skill in his bonafide CV is a question that surrounds this game to be played between the Delhi Capitals and CSK. With the way Delhi Capitals have started their campaign, this game is surely going to be a crowd puller especially given that India’s biggest superstar features on this one. It has so far been a fairytale run for the Men in Yellow since their comeback to the league last Year and having steamrolled a clueless RCB on a rank turner to kick things off, CSK now have to pass the litmus test against the Iyer led side who got the better of them the last time they met at Kotla. Delhi Capitals riding on the brilliance of Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Colin Ingram brutally knocked aside the Mumbai challenge and now await the the other giants of the IPL at their homeground. Shikhar Dhawan silently weathered the storm at the Wankhede while Collin Ingram of the other leagues turned up for the IPL finally. Rishabh Pant,who was earlier this Year pilloried by his counterpart with a description of the coastal life in Hobart and the consequences of outcome when Big MS is back,though had the last laugh then but this time, to have the last laugh on anyone who compared him to the man that is an institution, he needs to go big like he did against Mumbai and if he sparkles when the mastermind is right behind him dictating all his next moves, You would be forced to say “Pant is here to stay”. However it would be Interesting to see how CSK approach the game this time around as Harbhajan who found his serene best on the minefield may likely be rested in Delhi owing to the age old “Finger spin vs Wrist spin” debate and short(est) dimensions of the Kotla, but expect MSD to throw the rabbit amongst the pigeons like he always has been doing. You can never predict what MSD is upto despite being Bhajji who performed like he did in the Chepauk.
Get your T-Shirts out, Embrace yourself for a showdown because this Delhi team has shown that they are here to mean business. And CSK and MSD are the IPL versions of a stellar business. How Rishabh Pant, the batsman, responds to “Aaja Rishabh! Wicket ke peeche toh main hi rahunga”, holds the key, really. Delhi Capitals start favourites to take this tie but this prediction is more based on gut feeling than anything else. You never count CSK out after all.
What to Expect : The pitch is batting friendly with average first inning total in T20I being 157. Five T20Is have been played at the venue so far with the team opting to bat first winning 3. The average second innings total in T20I is 143. Shortish Boundary may aid the batsman and slower bowlers will come into picture.
DC : Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant, Keemo Paul/Lamichhane, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia/Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
CSK : Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan/Karn Sharma
Dream 11 Team (Big Leagues)