This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the qualifier 1 of the IPL 2021 between the Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings that is scheduled to take place on the 10th of October 2021.
The IPL 2021 has reached the playoffs stage where top four teams will take on to clinch the title of this season. The first qualifier of the IPL 2021 will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at Dubai. In the league stage, Delhi Capitals defeated CSK in both the games in this season.
Chennai Super Kings played their last league match against Punjab Kings in Dubai. While batting first, Faf Du Plessis played a lone warrior knock of 76(55) as CSK posted a total of 134/6 in 20 overs. In the bowling department, Shardul Thakur again picked three wickets but couldn’t defend the target for his team.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals also faced a defeat in their last league game of this season. While batting first, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan made brilliant opening partnership of 88 runs as Delhi Capitals made 164/5 in 20 overs. In the bowling department, Anrich Nortje picked 2/24 but failed to defend the target and lost the game by 7 wickets.
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Pitch and Weather: It will be a typical Dubai surface where it will be slow and batsmen won’t find it that easy to score runs. Pacers might get some assistance with the new ball, while spinners also will be handy. The weather is likely to be sunny with the temperature touching to the late 30s even though it is a 6.00 PM start.
Date & Time: October 10, 6.00 PM Local time, 7.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings are unlikely to make any changes even though they lost three consecutive games in the league stage. Suresh Raina might come back at number three but looking at his form it will be tough to make him into playing XI. MS Dhoni and Moeen Ali will look to score runs in the middle order along with Ambati Raydu. In the bowling department, all bowlers are taking wickets in the regular intervals so there will be no change.
Delhi Capitals are also unlikely to make any changes in the playing XI. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw will open for Capitals in this game. Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer will handle the middle order for the table toppers. The pace trio of Aavesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will play an important role including spinners Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel.
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Robin Uththapa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni(C & WK), Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Ripal Patel, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Both teams finished the league stage on top two positions so it will be tough to predict the winner of this qualifier game. In the league stage, Delhi Capitals registered victories on both the occasions against CSK so they will start as favorites in this game.
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw both openers can be selected from the batting section. Both scored 40 plus in the last game and both provide good starts to their team in every game. Ruturaj Gaikwad scores 533 runs in 14 games so far in this season. Faf Du Plessis is the second highest run-scorer with 546 runs to his name. Robin Uththppa can be picked as another batsman.
Wicket-Keepers: Rishabh Pant is the only best option available from the wicket-keeping section. Pant scored 362 runs in 14 games for Delhi Capitals in this season.
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are must pick options from the all-rounder section. Ravindra Jadeja is the most valuable player for CSK in this season and Axar Patel picked 15 wickets for Capitals.
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar takes wickets in powerplay overs for Chennai Super Kings. Avesh Khan picked 22 wickets as he is the second highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021. Anrich Nortje picked two wickets in the last game against Punjab Kings.
Fantasy Team: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan(vc), Faf Du Plessis(c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uththppa, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje.
Captain – Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis is the second highest run-scorer with 546 runs at an average of 45. He will be the best player to captain in this game.
Vice-captain – Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan scored 544 runs for Delhi Capitals in this season so he can be picked as vice-captain in this game.