IPL2022 is coming to the business end with each team trying to stay ahead of the other teams in the points table. CSK is having a torrid season so far with captaincy changes mid-season and the team`s ability to string together wins. They are out of the playoffs race and will be looking to play spoilsport in other chances. DC are trying their best to go ahead of other teams with 2 crucial points. They are head-to-head with PBKS and SRH in the points table currently and a win will give them a lead ahead.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS PREVIEW
CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (99 & 28 runs) and Devon Conway (85 & 56 runs) have been superb with the bat in the last 2 games. Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, and Robin Uthappa have played some good knocks but are inconsistent across matches. Moeen Ali and Ravi Jadeja are struggling for form and will be eager to return to form in this match.
CSK`s spin trio of Ravi Jadeja, Mahesh Theekshana, and Moeen Ali were superb last night with combined figures of 12-0-75-5. Simranjeet Singh and Mukesh Chawdaury will open the bowling in power play followed by Dwaine Pretorius in the death overs. They dearly miss the services of Dwayne Bravo in the bowling department.
Top players to bet on: Devon Conway, Mahesh Theekshana, Ruturaj Gaikwad
DELHI CAPITALS PREVIEW
Delhi Capitals stormed their way to 207/3 in their 20 overs with David Warner (92 runs) and Rovman Powell (67 runs) sharing an unbeaten 122-run partnership in their last game. Rishabh Pant, Mitchell Marsh, and Prithvi Shaw will join to form a deadly batting combination with all-rounders Axar, Lalit Yadav, and Shardul Thakur in the lower order.
Anrich Nortje and Mitchell marsh`s return further strengthen their bowling attack as both played a crucial role in their victory last night. Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur shared 5 wickets between themselves in the last game. Kuldeep Yadav is their top wicket-taker with 18 scalps and will be supported by Axar and Lalit in the spin department.
Top players to bet on: David Warner, Rovman Powell, Kuldeep Yadav
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
Date & Time: May 8, 7:30 PM
The previous game at the venue was a low-scoring affair and Gujarat Titans were thrashed completely by the Punjab Kings. It might not be the case this time around with the pitch getting better to bat on after some time and the skipper who wins the toss is likely to bowl first again.
Mumbai has bright and sunny weather with very less to no chances of rain on match day. Dew might come into trouble with the bowlers in the second innings.
DY Patil’s pitch has been a little tacky with uneven bounce and it might get slower as the match progresses. We expect average scores to be around 160-180 runs in this match.
TOSS: TO BOWL
All the captains winning the toss (38 matches so far) have opted to bowl first in the evening games and we expect the trend to continue in this match too.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIS FOR CSK VS DC
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorius/Dwayne Bravo, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Mahesh Theekshana
David Warner, Prithvi Shaw/Mandeep Singh, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel/Ripal Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE THE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
Devon Conway has played two good knocks in the last two games for the Chennai Super Kings and he certainly is a big plus in the CSK set-up for the coming years. The New Zealand batter can keep wickets as well and has already scored 144 in three games so far in this edition. He is one of the quality players going around at the moment and will be looking to continue his good form.
PROBABLE THE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
Mahesh Theekshana has been a revelation for the Chennai Super Kings this season and he has continually been among the wickets column. The mystery spinner has picked up 11 wickets in seven games so far this season and he has been excellent in any phase of the game. He is one of the trump cards for the skipper and his overs will be crucial to the plans of the CSK side.
DC has excellent depth in their batting department with a lot of all-rounders in the lower order and power hitters at the top and middle order. They also have a well-settled bowling unit with a lot of pace and spin options. CSK`s batting unit has been very unsettled in the middle order and relies heavily on their openers currently. They have a good spin attack with MS Dhoni at the helm but lack experience in the pace department. We expect DC to win this match owing to their better team on paper in the batting and bowling departments.
Delhi Capitals will win the match.