Chennai Super Kings take on Delhi Capitals tonight at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Credit: IPL Twitter

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is all set to host Match number seven of the Dream11 IPL 2020 as the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings take on the young Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals on Friday evening.

The Chennai Super Kings started their campaign this season with a win against the Mumbai Indians, however, they ended up on the losing side against the Rajasthan Royals in their second game, and they will strive to pick the pieces against a young Delhi side, who snatched a win from the jaws of defeat in a Super Over against the Kings XI Punjab in their first outing of the tournament.

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We bring to you a few of the important talking points going around ahead of the match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Capitals

Dhoni’s batting position
The raging debate over the former India skipper MS Dhoni pushing himself down the order is all over once again. While MS himself clarified the reason for him coming late in the post match interview last match, cricketing experts around the world are still fuming about his late show up. Playing against a young Delhi side, it would be interesting to see if the Chennai skipper promotes himself up the order. Even statistics favor Dhoni batting up the order. In IPL, whenever MS has batted at No. 5 or above, his team has won 57 percent of matches, whereas the figure drops steeply to 37 percent or worse with Dhoni batting at No. 6 or below.

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Youngest vs Oldest
As Chennai Super Kings take on the Delhi Capitals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium tonight, it will be a battle between the Youngest captain of the season in the form of Shreyas Iyer and the Oldest and the most experienced captain of the season Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It will be a great contest to look out where the young Shreyas Iyer full of energy and enthusiasm will take on the cool and calm MS Dhoni

Injuries
Ambati Rayudu played a pivotal role in CSK’s first win of the season against the Mumbai Indians with a brilliant 71 of just 48 deliveries, but since then he has been out with a hamstring issue and their star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who comes on the back of a great Caribbean Premier League season is out with a knee injury and won’t be available for selection tonight.

Ambati Rayudu scored a match-winning 71 of 48 in CSK’s opening game againts Mumbai Indians

Meanwhile, the Delhi Capitals are still unsure about their experienced spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and his injured shoulder and are yet to take a call about his availability in the playing XI. Ashwin bowled a brilliant over in their season-opener against the Kings XI Punjab picking two wickets in a single over and giving away just two runs, before he had to leave the field due to a shoulder injury.

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HEAD–TO-HEAD

Overall (21 matches – CSK:15 | DC:6)
CSK and DC have fared off against each other 21 times in the IPL so far and CSK have clearly dominated the DC with 15 wins out of the 21 played

Recent (Last 5 matches)
CSK have a upper hand here as well in the recent head-to-head numbers, with four wins against DC in the previous five matches.
LAST 5 GAMES
CSK won by 6 wickets
CSK won by 80 runs
CSK won by 6 wickets
DC won by 34 runs
CSK won by 13 runs

Milestones to lookout for
– MS Dhoni is 3 catches away from 100 IPL catches as wicketkeeper
– MS Dhoni is 2 sixes away from 300 sixes in T20 cricket
– Rishabh Pant is 6 sixes away from 100 IPL sixes
– Faf du Plessis is 17 runs away from 2000 IPL runs
– Shane Watson is 10 runs away from 1000 IPL runs for CSK
– If Kagiso Rabada picks up 2 wickets in tonight’s game, he will be the first bowler in
the history of IPL to pick up at least two wickets in nine matches straight. He now
stands level with the veteran Lasith Malinga with a streak of eight matches.

Also Read: IPL 2020: Know what milestones MS Dhoni achieved in the season-opener

PREDICTED XI
Chennai Super Kings: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 4 Sam Curran, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Shardul Thakur/Karn Sharma, 10 Piyush Chawla, 11 Lungi Ngidi/Imran Tahir

Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin/Amit Mishra, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Norje, 11 Mohit Sharma

MATCH DETAILS
Chennai Super Kings
vs Delhi Capitals

Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST

Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription

Match can be viewed on The Star Sports Network and Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription


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