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Cricket news - DC meet CSK in their quest for consistency
The erstwhile Delhi Daredevils have been an IPL enigma of sorts. They've had who's who of T20 stars at some point in the last decade but haven't quite had the fortune and the skill to translate all of that into success.
AB de Villiers once wore the red-and-black of Delhi in 2008, Glenn Maxwell spent a season with the side, Kevin Pietersen was bought for big bucks, and the money shelled out on Yuvraj Singh in 2016 - a whopping INR 16 crore - is yet to be topped, even with inflating auction purse each year.
But Ricky Ponting is insistent that the results of the past 11 years count for nothing. A rechristened Delhi, are also a reborn one, if you believe the words of the head coach.
Capitals may explicitly (or even internally) not rate history in the tournament, but the badges of success that their opponents for Tuesday wear proudly are unmissable. Over the same decade when Delhi have scrambled and scurried for an identity to forge, CSK have built their enviable legacy on the edifice of their consistency and continuity. But what even CSK seem to miss currently, is possessed by DC - a young core that can serve the side for a lot of seasons to come [provided retention rules are favourable in the future].
But for a young core to have the desirable impact - now and in the years to come - Capitals need a season filled with consistency. There may not be a better and bigger hurdle than CSK to overcome immediately and add to their opening fixture victory on the quest for this virtue.
But there's almost an air of T20 assurance with CSK that DC will have to go up against. They returned from a two-year break last season and still didn't miss a beat on their way to another title triumph. There's a very astute reading of the game, clear from Fleming stressing on the efforts that the brain trusts at the franchise put in to get their combinations right when they travel away from home.
DC bring a boisterous energy that can sometimes be too overbearing for an opposition. But CSK, with their collective grey matter and a side full of experience can be a sort of immovable force - even for the Iyers, Shaws and the Pants.
When: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings, March 26, 2019, 8:00 PM IST
Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
What to expect: A hazy evening with a maximum of 26 degrees celcius. The 2018 fixture between these two teams in the national capital was played on a very sluggish wicket where the hosts defended 162. Stephen Fleming has had a look at the pitch for this year's game and concludes that it looks 'reasonably dry' on first look.
With CSK packed with spinners, Capitals could be inclined towards not making the mistake that RCB did, and could look to add a third spin option to support Axar Patel and Rahul Tewatia. Sandeep Lamichhane for Trent Boult could be a punt worth taking, with the leggie clocking a lot of T20 miles around the world between the last IPL and now. Tuesday's game might be too early for Chris Morris to return, given he played for South Africa in the T20I against Sri Lanka just a couple of days before. Capitals shouldn't worry too much on the bowling front as Keemo Paul impressed on pitch that turned a bit two-paced in the second innings, by bowling a lot of cutters.
Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Trent Boult/Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma
Chennai Super Kings
The spin-heavy line-up was perfect for the ultra-torpid Chepauk surface, but will it add up for Kotla too? Given the number of left-handers (Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram and Rishabh Pant) in DC's top-heavy line-up, the experience of Harbhajan Singh will once again be vital at the national capital. Fleming reckoned CSK tend to be 'conservative' once they've decided on the balance of the side, so expect them to stick to the same XI - even if it means keeping Faf du Plessis and Sam Billings on the bench.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
What they said:
"One of the great challenges of coming to a different part of India is to get the conditions and teams right. We'll spend a lot of time this afternoon looking and talking with MS tomorrow to be as accurate as we can with our tactics. We're pretty conservative once we think we have the right combination but each time we move away from Chennai, we work very hard to do the combinations as right as we think." - Stephen Fleming.
"That is what we want from Shikhar [Dhawan]. Hold the top order together and probably the reason he was more subdued was it wasn't easy to bat early on. First three or four batsmen said that there was a bit of seam movement in the pitch. We needed Shikhar to play that sort of role and get through the tough overs and that was going to allow Ingram and Rishabh to play the way they did later on. Really encouraging start for Shikhar for Delhi Capitals." - Ricky Ponting
Did you know:
- CSK have a 4-2 head-to-head advantage over Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla - and an overall tally of 12-6.
- Harbhajan Singh is the joint-highest wicket-taker against Delhi (21 wickets in 20 matches) with Lasith Malinga.
- Delhi and CSK were the two best batting sides in IPL 2018 as far as average and run rate was concerned.
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