New Delhi. The first qualifier of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) is to be played between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. The defending runners-up Delhi team will face a tough challenge from three-time champions CSK and both the teams will try their best to win. Whichever team will win this match, it will confirm its place in the final. Before the match, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has said that the bowlers of the Delhi team will expose the shortcomings of Chennai’s batting line-up.
In the league stage, Delhi team topped the points table by winning 10 out of 14 matches while Chennai won 9 matches. Delhi, led by Rishabh Pant, currently has the best bowlers of the tournament and this has been one of the reasons for their successful performance in the league. Hogg said, ‘Delhi Capitals is the best. She will go on to play against the most successful teams in the league.
I think the Delhi Capitals bowlers are going to expose many weaknesses in the Chennai line-up. If you look at Delhi’s bowling line-up, they have players like Enrique Norkhia, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada.
The 50-year-old Hogg said on his YouTube channel, ‘While Norkhia and Avesh are ready for the opening overs, Rabada is coming with extra pace in the middle overs. They also have two quality spinners in Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. Hogg further said that the Chennai openers have done well in this season of IPL. He said that the concern for CSK is about their middle-order batsmen.
“Norkhiya and Avesh Khan against Faf du Plessis and Rituraj Gaikwad, they are going to expose the weaknesses of both of them with the short ball. If they get early wickets, then Chennai’s middle order will also be exposed. Moeen Ali has gone astray. Robin Uthappa has not handled the role of the middle order well. If Suresh Raina also makes a comeback, he doesn’t impress that much against Paes. I am not sure about Rayudu’s form at the moment and Dhoni is also looking out of touch. Can’t rely on Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo to make up for this weakness in the middle order.