Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of IPL 2021, Match 2 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. This is Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurls at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
CSK 5/0 in 1 over: Woakes is making the ball talk straightaway – there is a hint of movement into the right-hander. But that does little to deter Gaikwad who is off the mark in style with a boundary. Leans into the drive and before long the ball crashes into the fence. Du Plessis is yet to register his first run.
Out come the umpires. Gaikwad and du Plessis are Chennai’s designated openers. Woakes to bowl. Let’s play!
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (w/c), Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tom Curran, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
WHAT THEY SAID
MS Dhoni: We were also looking to bowl. It’s slightly difficult to defend on this ground. Dew could be a factor. But it’s cloudy today, so it might not be a factor. The combination looks good, some of the overseas players turned up late, some are in quarantine, but we are ready to go. Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo are our four overseas players.
Rishabh Pant: The wicket is slightly soft underneath. It’s going to be a mix of experience and youth. Good to have the first outing with Mahi bhai. Stoinis, Hetmyer, Woakes, and Tom Curran are our overseas players. We are not playing in Delhi, the wicket is good here… so we are fine.
DC wins the toss and elects to bowl
“176 is the average total score in Wankhede. The boundaries are short – just shy of 70 metres square and about the same straight. There is a really nice grass coverage. The batsmen are going to make merry. However, if they get cocky, they might get caught in the deep. A test for the bowlers,” reckons Michael Slater.
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In the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the only wicketkeeper to lead a side. In 2021, he has the company of three more Indians — Sanju Samson, K. L. Rahul and Rishabh Pant.
When Chennai Super Kings starts its campaign against Delhi Capitals today, the limelight will be on new captain Pant.
Pant’s brutal onslaught across formats over the last six months has brought India success. He will be hoping to repeat his heroics while leading the Delhi Capitals in Shreyas Iyer’s absence.
FILE PHOTO: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rishabh Pant during a match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020. – SPORTZPICS/IPL
Dhoni, meanwhile, has an uphill task to revive CSK’s fortune. Had it not been for a hat-trick of wins at the end, powered by a hat-trick of ‘Man-of-the-Match’ efforts by promising youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad, it would have finished the tournament at the bottom of the table in 2020.
Suresh Raina, whose absence hurt the team in the UAE, has returned while Robin Uthappa’s addition has bolstered its dodgy batting department.
Even after the departure of Shane Watson and Harbhajan Singh, the yellow army has many old guards. It will be interesting to see if Gaikwad and Sam Curran are ready to carry forward the legacy.
The Super Kings will start afresh on a positive note. On the other hand, the Capitals will not be able to field its best XI in the opening game. The Proteas pace combo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will be unavailable as they are serving the mandatory quarantine period.
All-rounder Axar Patel, recovering from COVID-19, will be missing too. The only solace is the return of Amit Mishra to partner the veteran Ravichandran Ashwin in the spin department.
– Amol Karhadkar
What to look forward to in IPL 2021? Our correspondents Vijay Lokapally, Shayan Acharya and Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya discuss.
CSK: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Marcus Stoinis, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Chris Woakes, Ishant Sharma
CSK vs DC DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM
Wicketkeeper: Rishabh Pant (c)
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prithvi Shaw
All-rounders: Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin (vc)
The two teams have played 23 times against each other in the IPL. While CSK won 15 matches, DC romped home on eight occasions.
In the last five encounters, Chennai holds a 3-2 advantage over Delhi.
TOP PERFORMERS IN THE FIXTURE
|Highest run-getters||Runs scored|
|MS Dhoni (CSK 2008-2015, 2018-Present)||547|
|Suresh Raina (CSK 2008-2015, 2018-Present)||498|
|Faf du Plessis (CSK 2011-2015, 2018-Present)||323|
|Ravichandran Ashwin (CSK 2008-2015, DC 2020-Present)||17|
|Dwayne Bravo (CSK 2008-2015, 2018-Present)||14|
|Ravindra Jadeja (CSK 2012-2015, 2018-Present)||12|
STARS FROM LAST SEASON
|Highest run-getters||Runs scored|
|Shikhar Dhawan (DC)||618|
|Shreyas Iyer (DC)||519|
|Faf du Plessis (CSK)||449|
|Top wicket-takers||Wickets taken|
|Kagiso Rabada (DC)||30|
|Anrich Nortje (DC)||22|
|Ravichandran Ashwin (DC)||13|
CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (w/c), Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Robin Uthappa, Imran Tahir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Bhagath Varma, Harishankar Reddy, KM Asif, N Jagadeesan, Hari Nishanth, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Lungi Ngidi
DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Steven Smith, Sam Billings, Lukman Meriwala, Tom Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Praveen Dubey, Anrich Nortje, Vishnu Vinod, Manimaran Siddharth, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel
AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2021 MATCH – CSK vs DC START?
The IPL 2021 second match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals begins at 7:30 PM IST.
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY’S IPL MATCH – CSK vs DC LIVE?
IPL 2021 will be aired live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.