IPL 2021 CSK vs DC preview

IPL 2021, Match 02, April 10th CSK vs DC, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Preview CSK vs DC in IPL 2021, head to head player stats, records of both Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at this venue plus the best Dream11 predictions.

CSK v DC head to head player stats

Delhi Capitals bowlers v Chennai Super Kings batsmen

Delhi’s balanced bowling attack is one of the primary reasons that they have been transformed from perennial no hopers to genuine title challengers so in previewing the CSK vs DC fixture it’ll be key to consider how the men in yellow will front up to a such multi faceted bowling unit.

We’ll start with the pace bowlers vs CSK’s top order and it’s going to be very much South Africa vs South Africa with Nortje and Rabada up against Faf du Plessis. Faf in general has a strong record against right arm quick bowlers but he’s been coming off 2nd best against Rabada in their recent IPL meetings

Rabada head to head record vs du Plessis
Rabada head to head record vs du Plessis

Similarly young Ruturaj Gaikwad has a good record against right arm fast-medium bowling averaging as he does 106 in his relatively short career.

With a host of right-handers at the top of the order, DC may well be tempted to bowl Axar Patel early on. However du Plessis actually has a very good record against left arm spin and while Patel has limited his scoring in previous meetings to a strike rate of 116, he’s only managed to dismiss him once at a cost of 70 runs. Similarly, Ambati Rayudu is happy to take on the left arm spinner as shown below.

Axar Patel head to head record vs Rayudu
Axar Patel head to head record vs Rayudu

Considering those spinners, Ashwin and Mishra both have favourable records vs Robin Uthappa although it remains to be seen whether he will feature in CSK’s starting XI. MS Dhoni meanwhile has a good record against this DC bowling attack with the exception of the 2 South African quicks who have troubled him in previous meetings.

Chennai Super Kings bowlers v Delhi Capitals batsmen

Prithvi Shaw comes into this year’s IPL off the back of a brilliant season in domestic cricket but waiting to bring him back down to earth is CSK’s opening bowler Deepak Chahar. If previous games are anything to go by then Chahar is likely to bowl 2 or 3 overs up front so Shaw will certainly be seeing plenty of him again in this fixture and you can bet that in the team preview of this match both sides will have highlighted this match-up

Chahar head to head record vs Prithvi Shaw
Chahar head to head record vs Prithvi Shaw

Chahar’s record is even better vs Ajinke Rahane but whether he will play in this fixture remains to be seen. With Iyer out injured, DC have the choice over whether to play Rahane or whether to go for Steve Smith. If it is the later then i’d image that CSK will bring on at least one of their left-arm options against him. Sam Curran has dismissed the Aussie cheaply on a couple of occasions but Ravi Jadeja has an even better record vs the former Royals captain.

Jadeja head to head record vs Steve Smith
Jadeja head to head record vs Steve Smith

However with DC having plenty of left handed batsmen including Dhawan, Pant, Axar Patel and possibly Shimron Hetmyer as well then the impact of Jadeja may be curbed. Indeed against the first 3 batsmen named above he averages 98 with the ball and has an economy rate just shy of 10 an over!

Leg spin against these left-hander is likely to be Dhoni’s preferred option and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in that department with Imran Tahir having had so little cricket of late.

CSK stats at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Both Ambati Rayudu and DJ Bravo know this venue very well from their time at MI. In general it’s a pitch where CSK’s wrist spinners have found success in previous visits and CSK may well be dependent on the likes of Tahir and Bravo rolling back the years to once again deliver at the Wankhede Stadium.

CSK bowling stats at the Wankhede Stadium
CSK bowling stats at the Wankhede Stadium

While having had less playing time here than a few of the others noted above, this is a venue that Moeen Ali has enjoyed playing at with both bat and ball. On his last visit to the Wankhede Stadium, Mo hit 50 from 32 balls and took 2 for 14 from his 4 overs! You can watch the match highlights here

DC Stats at the Wankhede Stadium

Newly anointed DC captain Rishabh Pant is definitely a man who enjoys his trips to the Wankhede Stadium as his record below shows.

Pant batting stats at the Wankhede Stadium
Pant batting stats at the Wankhede Stadium

A good chunk of the runs he has scored here in the past came during this blistering knock of 72 back in IPL 2019. It’ll be interesting to see how the burden of captaincy impacts his game and whether his care free spirit is suited to the top job.

On the other hand, the man who was making noises to suggest that he was open to being offered the DC captaincy, Steve Smith, has a pretty lousy record at the Wankhede managing just 92 runs in his last 5 visits at an average of 18.

The choice that DC will then need to make is who to play as their 5th frontline bowler. They have the options of Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra who we can see from the stats below both have good records at the Wankhede or they could opt for Praven Dubey or Umesh Yadav. It is indeed a strong bowling attack both in regards the playing XI and bench depth.

DC bowling stats at the Wankhede stadium
DC bowling stats at the Wankhede stadium
Dream11 predictions CSK v DC

Based on the above our best Dream11 predictions for CSK v DC are as follows.

Rishabh Pant or Kagiso Rabada look like that best Dream11 predictions to be captain for CSK v DC. Pant’s recent form in the white ball series against England also mean that he’ll hit the ground running in this fixture.

Chahar, Ashwin and Bravo also have good enough head to head records and or favourable stats at the Wankhede to warrant selection as core players for those selecting multiple Dream11 teams. Moeen Ali’s good finish to the ODI series, his previous performances at the Wankhede and the fact that DC will have 3 or 4 left handers in their top 7 mean that he too is a smart pick for Dream11 fantasy teams.

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All the stats used in the CSK vs DC IPL 2021 preview can found at t20headtohead.com

Published by Statman Tom

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