IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals will test MS Dhoni and Co

Updated: 17 October, 2020 07:21 IST | PTI | Sharjah

Rejuvenated Chennai Super Kings will have to dig deep to get the better of second-placed Delhi Capitals today.

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni appeals during the match against Royal Challengers B'lore at Dubai recently. PIC: BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni appeals during the match against Royal Challengers B'lore at Dubai recently. PIC: BCCI/IPL

Their campaign is back on track, courtesy MS Dhoni's smart captaincy but a stiff test awaits Chennai Super Kings when they face a dominant Delhi Capitals in their next match, here today. Every tactic that Dhoni employed against Sunrisers Hyderabad, worked, and they are expected to continue in the same vein as they battle to salvage the season. Whether it was promoting Sam Curran to the opener's slot or finishing pacer Deepak Chahar's quota upfront while using seven bowlers to dry up runs, every move produced desired result.

CSK's spin strategy

Dhoni used leg spinner Piyush Chawla for only one over and that too as late as in the 16th over, leaving it largely on Ravindra Jadeja and Karn Sharma but CSK are likely to continue with three spinners considering that the Sharjah wickets are now getting slower. That spinners hold the key in Sharjah was evident in the last two games where RCB and Kings XI Punjab slow bowlers were instrumental in their respective team's wins.

The three-time champions will look to build on the win over SRH as the league phase moves towards the business end. However, they are up against a team which is high on confidence and well-served by the South African pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, who bowled a 156.2 kmph delivery during his spell against Rajasthan Royals. Add the wily R Ashwin and Axar Patel to the mix and DC has a rather impressive bowling unit. Pacer Tushar Deshpande, who made a memorable debut in the win over the Royals on Wednesday, adds teeth to the attack and the focus will be on how he follows up that performance.

Iyer, Shaw two good

The Capitals side would be a tad worried about fitness status of Shreyas Iyer, who hurt his left shoulder in the previous game. The skipper has been in good form with the bat and has led well too. The team will also be expecting the talented Prithvi Shaw to show consistency while the senior pro Shikhar Dhawan has weighed in with crucial runs at the top.

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First Published: 17 October, 2020 07:09 IST

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