The Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings will lock horns in Match 52 of VIVO IPL 2018. CSK have won 8 of their 12 matches; one more win will take their tally of points to 18, which will guarantee them a place in top two positions at the end of the league season. The Delhi Daredevils are at the floor of the eight-team table and are wooden spoon contenders; DD have won only 3 of their 12 matches – their last win was against the Rajasthan Royals on May 2.
After a poor start to the season, the Daredevils, in a desperate bid to resurrect their campaign, replaced their regular captain and handed the reins to Shreyas Iyer. That decision, and the win that followed immediately, briefly gave DD some hope. However, since then, the Daredevils have managed only one more win in the following five matches. In their most-recent match against RCB – on May 12, they ended on the wrong side of the result despite posting a competitive 181-4 batting first.
The Chennai Super Kings are coming into this at the back of a resounding win. In their last outing, on May 13, CSK prevailed in a clash against the table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad; CSK chased down 180 quite convincingly. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu, who would go on to score his maiden T20 hundred, gave the team a strong start, after which Rayudu stitched together a partnership with MS Dhoni to seal the chase. CSK will be aware that they haven’t fared too well on the road in their last couple of matches; they lost to KKR at the Eden Gardens and RR in Jaipur. That’s an area MS Dhoni and co. will seek to improve, given they will have plenty of games to play outside of home (and adopted home venue) in the coming days.
When: May 18, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
The pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla has largely been batting friendly so it could be a painful evening for bowlers from both teams.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||30|
|Matches won bowling first||34|
|Average 1st Inns scores||163|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||149|
|Highest total recorded||231/4 (20 Ov) by DD vs KXIP|
|Lowest total recorded||66/10 (13.4 Ov) by DD vs MI|
|Highest score chased||214/3 (17.3 Ov) by DD vs GL|
|Lowest score defended||118/4 (11 Ov) by DD vs KXIP|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||17|
|Won by Delhi Daredevils||5|
|Won by Chennai Super Kings||12|
Head to Head at Feroz Shah Kotla
|Total Matches Play||5|
|Won by Delhi Daredevils||1|
|Won by Chennai Super Kings||4|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Delhi Daredevils: L L L W L
Chennai Super Kings : W L W L W
Dan Christon can come in place of Junior Dala
Chennai Super Kings
Lungi Ngidi can come in place of David Willey.
Delhi Daredevils : Prithvi Shaw, Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Junior Dala, Trent Boult, Glenn Maxwell, Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Tewatia, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Liam Plunkett, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh
Chennai Super Kings : Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan
Prithvi Shaw, Jason Roy/Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk), Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Dan Christon / Junior Dala, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Shahbaz Nadeem
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi /David Willey
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Dhoni needs 10 runs to reach 6000 T20 runs, and another 16 runs would take him to 4000 runs in the IPL
- Daredevils have tried seven different opening combinations so far, and their openers collectively boast the lowest average (21.9) of all teams this season.
- Pant’s tournament tally of 582 is the highest by a Daredevils batsman in an IPL season across all editions. Former captain Gautam Gambhir held the record for ten years having amassed 534 runs in the 2008 season.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni
If you want to take rish for grand league go with Shreyas Iyer & Sam Billings