Match Preview – CSK vs DC
The second match of the IPL 2021 will take place between the three-time title winners Chennai Super Kings and last year’s runner-up, Delhi Capitals. The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and it promises to be a cracker of a game.
Chennai Super Kings have added in some new faces to their squad. Dhoni’s men will look to set the tone for this season in their first match. On the other hand, Delhi Capital’s will look to pick up from where they left off in the last season under their newly elected captain, Rishabh Pant. Both the teams will look to make an impact right away and get their season off to a winning start.
Thus, we will try to make a prediction about today's IPL match winner and also look at some of the key players from the upcoming CSK vs DC contest:
What to Expect – Pitch and Ground Conditions?
Based on the new format which will be followed in this year’s IPL, none of the teams will be playing at their traditionally known home grounds. Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium has mostly proved to be a happy place for the batsmen. The pitch here provides consistent bounce and will allow the batsmen to play attacking shots. Although, the pitch will have something for the pacers as well with the new ball.
We have witnessed high-scoring matches at Wankhede in the previous seasons of the tournament. The average first innings score at this venue is around 170 runs. Dew sets in during the second innings in a night game, so captains winning the toss prefer chasing here.
CSK vs DC Head to Head record in IPL| H2H IPL stats
CSK won: 15
DC won: 8
No Result : 0
The men in yellow, traditionally, have had the better of the DC. However, in the recent past, the tide seems to have turned. DC defeated CSK both the times these two teams met last year and will look to continue that in today's match as well.
Players to Watch out for in CSK vs DC IPL match:
Talking about Chennai Super Kings, fans will be eager to watch their skipper back in action. MS Dhoni has had a huge gap since the last IPL season but will be a key component of CSK’s batting plans. Their strategies will also revolve around Suresh Raina who will be back at the top of the order this season. The new recruits in form of Robin Uthappa and Krishnappa Gowtham could also have a major role to play in CSK's opening match against Delhi.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals will look up to the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to provide them with solid starts. The Capitals will hope that Shaw can continue his blistering white-ball form and get his side to a rollicking start in 2021. Rishabh Pant will play a big role for DC this season and will be their key player. The two South African bowlers, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will lead the bowling department for the Capitals.
CSK vs DC Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
Both teams are extremely strong on paper and definite title contenders. Most of the Delhi Capitals players have played competitive cricket of some sort in the last couple of months. Thus, they will be in a much better rhythm going into the match. However, they will be wary of the threat the Dhoni-led CSK poses with their heavily experienced squad. Considering the pitch as well as the strength of the squads, Delhi Capitals will start as the favorites to win today's IPL match against CSK.