- Team Chennai faces Team Delhi in match 7 of the Indian T20 league 2020 on Friday.
Delhi grabbed crucial two points in its first match, thanks to the brilliant bowling of Kagiso Rabada in the super over. The match had every bit of drama and a point of controversy as well. This led to the debate on the use of technology at this level of the game.
Delhi’s strength lies in the fact that they have a strong Indian batting unit who have featured on the international stage. But on Sunday, on a lively pitch, they were found wanting, thanks to Mohammed Shami and some very ordinary shot selections.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant hit useful 30s but neither could go on to play a big inning. If not for Stoinis and his blitzkrieg in the end overs, Delhi would have been defending a less than par total. As many as 57 runs were scored in the last 3 overs, and 30 runs came in the last over off Chris Jordan.
Stoinis’s knock covered the cracks in the Delhi batting line up. Ravi Ashwin bowled just one over for two wickets before going off with an injury and is expected to be back in the line-up for this match. Nortje was unimpressive on a surface assisting pace bowlers and may be replaced by Keemo Paul.
Chennai is coming in this match after a loss to Rajasthan in their previous match. In a six-hitting exhibition by both sides, Chennai came up short by 16 runs after conceding a mammoth 216 runs. On a small ground, Jadeja and Piyush Chawla were taken to the cleaners by Samson and Smith. Also, Ngidi had a nightmare of a final over, where he conceded 30 runs.
Ambati Rayudu did not play the second match and Gaikwad was given a chance to make his debut. He was out for a golden duck. Apart from Du Plessis, who continued his good form from the last match, nobody could keep up with the required rate. Dhoni’s last over sixes just decreased the margin of loss for Team Chennai.
In the 20 matches played between the two teams, the head-to-head record reads 14-6 in favor of Chennai. Also, Chennai has been victorious in 4 of the last 5 matches between the two.
Will Chennai continue holding the upper hand, or will Delhi continue their winning start?
- Match: Chennai vs. Delhi, Match 7
- Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
- Date & Time: Sept. 20, 2020, at 7.30 PM IST
Probable Playing 11
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, and Avesh Khan
Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, and Lungi Ngidi
A good batting track is expected at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday, with the ball coming on to the bat fairly well. However, it could be starting to show signs of slowing down since it will be the fourth match in the tournament at this venue.
The power play overs are going to be crucial, with spin expected to play a big role in the middle phase. Dew should also have a say in the proceedings, with both sides looking to chase on winning the toss. Based on the two matches played at the venue, a score of 165 looks at par. Each team will like to chase after winning the toss.
Howzat Dream Team
- Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant
- Batsman: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Faf Du Plessis, Shane Watson
- All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja
- Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Deepak Chahar, Amit Mishra
- Captain: Faf Du Plessis/Shreyas Iyer
- Vice Captain: Kagiso Rabada/Sam Curran
NOTE: The Howzat dream team above is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of fantasy cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual playing 11 is announced by each team (30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.