Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will battle it out with Delhi Capitals (DC) in the seventh match of IPL 2020 on Friday night. CSK lost their previous clash against Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs after having started the league campaign with a victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, are unbeaten after a Super Over triumph against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their opening match. The two sides have played each other 21 times till now, with CSK winning 15 times and DC emerging victorious on six occasions.
With Chennai and Delhi all set to clash in the IPL for a battle of North vs South, here’s a look at three player battles to keep an eye on.
Prithvi Shaw vs Deepak Chahar (IPL 2020 CSK vs DC Live)
Prithvi Shaw will be facing Deepak Chahar upfront in this match against whom Shaw has been dismissed four times in four IPL innings. One of the major reasons behind this record being in favour of Chahar has been the swing he has extracted with the new ball.
The perfect positioning of the fielders in the deep to tame the attacking display of Shaw also contributed to Deepak’s success. The Dubai track does have something for the new ball bowlers especially during the chase when the floodlights will be in full effect
The CSK pace bowler would be opening the innings for Chennai and has proved to be a tough man to face.
Chahar’s strength is to bowl tight line and lengths as well as to frustrate the batsmen into playing false strokes. He also has the variations to catch the opponents off guard. It will be his major responsibility to keep the openers quiet at the start.
Faf du Plessis vs Kagiso Rabada (IPL 2020 CSK vs DC Live)
This will be the battle of the two in-form South Africans. Former Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis has, by far, been Chennai’s best batsman so far. He played the perfect supporting role to Ambati Rayudu, remaining unbeaten on 58 from 44 in the successful chase against Mumbai Indians.
Against Rajasthan, he was kind of a sole warrior, smashing 72 from 37 with one four and seven sixes. It was an incredible display of power-hitting but was overshadowed by Sanju Samson’s brilliance on the same day. With the kind of form he is in, du Plessis will be confident of taking on any bowler.
Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada just continued from where he left off last season. Bowling with quick pace and nagging accuracy, he made a target of 158 against KXIP look much bigger, giving nothing away. He was also among the wickets, getting the big scalps of Glenn Maxwell and K Gowtham.
In the Super Over that followed, the South African fast bowler yet again stood up with two wickets to seal the game in Delhi’s favour. On current form, Rabada will be very difficult to face. It will need a batsman in full flow to compete against him. Du Plessis seems like the logical choice.
Marcus Stoinis vs Ravindra Jadeja
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that had Marcus Stoinis not smashed that incredible 53 from 21 against Punjab, the result of the contest could have been very different.
Coming into the IPL under pressure after struggling in England on his international comeback, Stoinis put the disappointment behind him with a sizzling batting show. He cleared the field with ease, particularly towards the end of the innings.
Most of Stoinis’ big hits against Punjab came against the pace bowlers. In fact, a majority of his runs came in one over against Chris Jordan. The task of scoring quick wouldn’t be as easy against quality spinners.
The experienced Ravindra Jadeja will need to take the lead here. The left-arm spinner has had two poor games so far but has the ability to bounce back. At his best, Jadeja can run through his overs before the opposition batsmen can even get a hang of him. He can fire in deliveries, giving no room to the batsmen to free their arms. If Jadeja manages to find his mojo against Delhi, Stoinis will be in for a stiff challenge.