The 50th match of the IPL 2021 will see the top two spot holders Delhi Capitals (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) clashing in a big-money clash in Dubai on October 4, 2021. This match will determine the top spot holder amongst the two as they both have 18 points to their name at the moment.
A win here for either team will cement a spot in the top two of the points table and ensure them two chances to make it into the IPL 2021 final to be played on October 15 in Dubai itself. CSK had been beaten by DC in their first encounter in the India-leg of the IPL 2021 in Mumbai.
Keeping that in mind, Team COC presents the Predicted Playing XIs for the DC v CSK match in Dubai.
Delhi Capitals have been in the amazing form of late. They have been dominant in all aspects of the game be it with the bat or the ball. With Shikhar Dhawan taking the charge with the bat and Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and Shimron Hetmyer putting the finishing touches.
However, the biggest thing for them has been their amazing bowling attack, especially the fast bowlers in Anrich Nortje and Avesh Khan who have done amazing damage at the beginning of the innings to the opponents and came back strongly in death overs as well.
Spinners in Akshar Patel and R Ashwin have been either deadly on slow wickets, or run containing on batting-friendly surfaces.
But they face their biggest challenge in the UAE leg of the tournament, as they go against CSK, who they had beaten in the India-leg of IPL 2021. But this CSK is a beast right now and firing on all cylinders and DC will need all of their top guns to fire in order to cement a spot in the top two of the points table.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Chennai Super Kings were the first team to qualify for the playoffs turning around their fortunes from the last season. While Captain MS Dhoni has not been in great form with the bat, but his captaincy has been top-notch.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, and Ravindra Jadeja have carried the burden of batting beautifully for the 3-time champions while Moeen Ali and Dwayne bravo have supported them well. On the bowling side, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, and co. have done a fantastic job of containing the opposition or defending the totals for the most part of the time.
This is a huge crunch match for CSK and they might want to bring the heavy artillery in Dwayne Bravo replacing Sam Curran and Deepak Chahar coming in for KM Asif who both played in their last game where they lost to RR.
A win here will ensure CSK of a top 2 finish and two chances at qualifying for the finals.
DC COC Predicted Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C&WK), Akshar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
CSK COC Predicted Playing XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood