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CSK seek to seal top-two finish

The only team that’s out of contention for the play-offs in IPL 2018, Delhi Daredevils will look to play the party pooper as their disappointing campaign nears an end. That they will wrap up their season with home games against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, two of IPL’s most successful and most popular franchises, gives them the perfect opportunity to prove their worth.

Their opponents on Friday, Chennai Super Kings, have more to play for than just pride. They’ve already qualified for the play-offs, but haven’t still secured their spot in the top two. A win for them in Delhi, will give them just that. Their trend in the latter half of IPL though hasn’t been too promising. Since April 25, when they defeated RCB, they have followed each win with a loss. Their last game, against SRH, ended in a thumping win for MS Dhoni’s team, and they will hope they break the trend against a Daredevils side that has sparkled with individual performances but struggled for unity.

When: May 18, 2018; 8 PM IST

Where: Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi

What to expect: A cloudy, cooler (relatively) evening with the threat of rain.

Team News:

Delhi Daredevils: Abhishek Sharma’s inclusion saw Delhi find themselves another sparkling youngster. With nothing to lose, more new faces can be expected.

Chennai Super Kings: With a spot in the top two on the line, CSK could stick to the same squad.

Head to Head of teams

DD 5 – 12 CSK

Team Record at Kotla

DD 1 – 4 CSK

Interesting face-offs

Raina vs DD: Raina has struggled against DD scoring only 492 runs at 27.33 (the lowest for him against any opponent in IPL) with just two fifties from 21 innings (SR 132.61).

Harbhajan vs DD: No one has taken more wickets than DD in IPL than Harbhajan’s 21. He averages 21.43 against them at an ER of 6.67 taking a wicket every 19.29.

Prithvi Shaw vs spin: He has been dismissed by spinners five times in seven (out to leg spin four times). He averages 12.20 against spin (SR 129.78) compared to 77.50 against pace (SR 172.22).

IPL 2018 trends

CSK and DD are two of the best batting sides in the tournament as their run rate of 9.31 and 9.23 suggests. These two are the sides that avergae 30+ with the bat – CSK 39.30 and DD 30.41.

DD has been the worst bowling side of the season with the poorest ER (9.34) and poorest average (32.75) among all sides. CSK are the third worst in the list with an ER of 8.99 and average of 29.83.

These two sides have the best scoring rates – 12.04 and 11.70 respectively – in the death overs. They take less than four balls per boundary in the overs 16-20 – CSK 3.98 and DD 3.82.


Delhi Daredevils: Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Trent Boult, Harshal Patel, Junior Dala, Sandeep Lamichhane, Liam Plunkett, Gautam Gambhir, Naman Ojha, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Colin Munro, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Avesh Khan, Sayan Ghosh, Manjot Kalra, Amit Mishra.

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Dhruv Shorey, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Kanishk Seth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif

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