Delhi Capitals – Men with a mission
At the start of this IPL, no one would have given the faintest chance to Delhi Capitals side. Led by a young Shreyas Iyer, lots of pundits and cricket fans thought of them as merely pushovers for the other teams filled with veterans and Superstars. But Delhi Capitals proved everyone wrong with a spirited performance to reach the playoffs.
This is a side which ended up at the bottom of the IPL table last time with 5 wins and 9 losses. Now the whole equation has been reversed. With 9 wins from 14 matches, they were ranked right up with the best teams of this league – Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings. A better run rate could have helped them even top the league.
The eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday was a banana slip for DC. A slip would have been its swansong and it would have been knocked out of the tourney thereby bringing in an end to a colorful story. But the resolve and never-say-never attitude of the youngsters in the team saw them conquer the hurdle in a thrilling finish. Now they are up against the formidable CSK, which has the habit of rising from the ashes too many times. In other words, they are one step away from the final and that step is a giant barrier they have to breach. When the two teams clash tonight all eyes would be on MSD and Rishab Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman of both the teams. Both have been among runs this season and have won matches for their team respectively.
DC – the Young guns
Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant have been excellent with the bat. Much has been discussed about Rishabh Pant’s non-selection in World Cup squad and he answered his critics in style by playing some blinders in this IPL edition. However, he must find a way to stick around until the end of the match and finish the job more frequently for serious consideration. The experience of Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, and Ishant Sharma have come in handy this season for DC. Kagiso Rabada, who is the purple cap holder has been badly missed and DC have not been able to replace him. Also, the Shreyas Iyer side has displayed nervousness during crunch situations and they let the grip slip. It was evident during the matches they lost in this edition despite having an upper hand.
CSK – the behemoth of IPL
CSK has a history of seizing the opportunity and peak at the right time. Having been in the final for a record 7 times and winning the title thrice, CSK has become synonymous with the IPL and has been hailed as the behemoth of the league. MSD’s cricket acumen has been praised worldwide and that has probably played a big role in the franchise’s popularity. You don’t even have to dig in pedantically; a rudimentary analysis would help you know how popular the franchise is with the cricketing masses.
The difference between the two teams is stark. From the average age (CSK’s average age is 34 whereas DC’s age average is 27) to approach to the game, both the teams are poles apart. While Delhi’s young guns have played with a passion and resolve that we have never seen from them, one cannot discount the experience and guile of the veterans in CSK. DC has drawn wide admiration for reposing their faith on the team’s youngsters and they have performed splendidly.
Loaded with veterans like Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambatti Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and the skipper MSD himself, CSK knows the knack of winning crucial matches and its resolve in relentlessly pursuing top honors should work in its way. Despite boasting a team with star-studded players, CSK’s batting this year has been a cause of a worry for them. They compensated the shortcomings in their bowling with a strong bowling lineup that includes the likes of Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, and Ravindra Jadeja. Tahir with 23 wickets is just two short of breaking Rabada’s record to win the purple cap.
Youth vs Experience
CSK to their advantage has defeated Delhi Capitals twice this season. So, it’s going to be an uphill task for the young guns of Delhi Capitals to pass this Chennai barrier. So who do you think will prevail in this encounter? This match is going to be a cracker of a contest where both the team would try to come out all guns blazing. Can Delhi Capitals, who are on the cusp of making history, overcome their bowling woes to dethrone the behemoth CSK from the league? Can the youth overcome the experience?
RFL 2019 & IPL Bonanza
While you predict, do participate in our Rummy Fantasy League contest tonight at 9 PM. Also, do try your hand in our IPL Bonanza which is open now. Both the contests are making waves in the Indian rummy community with so many players jumping into the fray. What makes this contest exciting is the chance to double up on what you win. Not many contests give you that luxury. Perhaps that is what separates from the rest. Do hang in there and try out! You could just get a double whammy!