New Delhi. Delhi Capitals (DC) are seen as a dangerous side in this tournament due to their dominance on the field. The team is very balanced and stands firm in the toughest of situations. In this way, the excellent performance of the team in every department makes them stand on the top of Akantalika. The team will now face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) for Qualifier 1. After qualifying for the play-offs, CSK have suffered three consecutive defeats in the league. Whereas Delhi Capitals had to face defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match.
Delhi looks unbeaten in the tournament so far. The Rishabh Pant-led side will be keen to show their ‘A’ game to book their seats for the final. CSK is also a strong side. Even though they have lost both the league matches to DC, CSK are no less in terms of experience. This can be the team of Delhi Capitals for the first qualifier against Chennai.
Openers: Shikhar Dhawan has enjoyed scoring runs against Chennai Super Kings. He stood firm for the side in the last game against the Yellow Army. He added 39 runs in 35 balls, which included three fours and two sixes. Though the Delhi batsman was not very aggressive with the bat in the early part of the UAE leg, he seems to have found his momentum back. In the previous league match against RCB, both the openers provided a steady start to the team. They put on an 88-run partnership before a slow delivery from Harshal Patel showed Dhawan the way back to the pavilion. Prithvi Shaw, on the other hand, fell just two runs short of his half-century as he performed impressively.
Middle order: With Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Ripple Patel, the Delhi Capitals team is strong, who knows how to comeback in difficult situations. The team has relied on their base team over the years and this has brought them good rewards. The team has influence in the league, but the middle order is a matter of little concern. Delhi’s middle order has not been very disappointing, but the performance of the middle order has definitely decreased from time to time. Shreyas Iyer has contributed significantly to the team and so has Shimron Hetmyer. Captain Rishabh Pant will also try to score some important runs for the team and take some pressure off the lower order batsmen. If Marcus Stoinis is fit, he will replace Ripple Patel in the team and this will strengthen the team’s batting even more.
All Rounders: Delhi have two all-rounders Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. Axar Patel has enjoyed bowling in tough conditions and has achieved significant success for the team. He has consistently picked up wickets for Delhi Capitals and has made it difficult for the batsmen to score runs. Axar Patel has also taken 15 wickets in the tournament so far. In the last game against CSK, Rishabh Pant started the spin early and the plan worked in favor of the team. The spinner took the crucial wicket of Faf du Plessis and put the team in the driver’s seat. On the other hand Ashwin’s experience and variety in bowling is a huge asset to the team.
Bowler: There seems to be no problem with the bowling unit of Delhi Capitals. The team probably has one of the best fast bowlers, who has contributed to their lives on most occasions. All the three pacers have been exceptional for the team and have the ability to break even the best of the batting lineup. Avesh Khan is currently the second highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 22 wickets in his account. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Norkia have also maintained excellent line and length to trouble the batsmen. Delhi Capitals’ success in the tournament has been heavily influenced by their bowlers.
Probable Playing XI of Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ripple Patel/Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Norkea.