In qualifier 2 of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) Delhi Capitals (DC) will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnamon on Friday. MS Dhoni-led Chennai lost to Mumbai Indians in the qualifier 1 on Tuesday but they get another chance to reach the finals as they are placed second in IPL 2019 points table. Delhi defeated Kane Williamson's Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Wednesday in the last-over thriller to face Chennai in the virtual semifinal. While Capitals will have an advantage over Super Kings as they know the conditions of Vizag stadium better but for CSK, MS Dhoni's experience will be handy to gauge the nature of the wicket. Chennai would look to fix their vulnerable spots while Delhi would look to be more consistent with the batting. Overall, both sides have their weakness exposed and the team that take advantage of others mistake early is likely to clinch the victory.
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Chennai Super Kings Team News:
Chennai received a jolt when all-rounder Kedar Jadhav was injured in their last league match against Kings XI Punjab and was ruled out of IPL 2019. CSK included Murali Vijay in their playing 11 against Mumbai and would likely to retain him against Delhi.
Chennai Super Kings could not show any fight in front of Mumbai's bowling as the early wickets weakened the run flow. MS Dhoni's unbeaten 37 and Ambati Rayudu's unbeaten 42 helped the team put 131/4 in 20 overs. Shane Watson yet again failed to connect the ball and perished early while Suresh Raina was caught and bowled by Jayant Yadav after he played an irresponsible shot in the air.
The way Chennai's batsmen played in their home ground raises a lot of questions as even MS Dhoni admitted that his batsmen failed to read the slow Chepauk track and were not discreet in their shot selection.
"At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly. We have played 6 to 7 games already, that's the home advantage. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn't do well, I think the batting needs to get better," the CSK skipper said after the match.
Dhoni was particularly critical about the fact that shot selection wasn't the best in many cases during the past few games.
"These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn't be played. These are the players who we have banked on. They have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game," he said.
Chennai bowlers have little to defend but they put a decent show by picking Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock early and then Imran Tahir reignited the hopes by dismissing Ishan Kishan and Krunal Pandya on successive deliveries. Yet they could not avert the inevitable.
If Deepak Chahar and Harbhajan Singh strike yet again during powerplay, Chennai will have an upper hand. A lot depends on how Imran Tahir bowls in the middle over while Dwayne Bravo would have to restrict run flow. Chennai may not look for any changes but as they play with three spinners and if they have a good outing in Vizag, it'll all be in their favour.
Delhi Capitals Team News:
Delhi chased dow 163-run target given by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday with one-ball to spare as Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave a flying start to the team and after some ups and downs Rishabh Pant hit 21-ball 49 to take the team towards victory.
In doing so, Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi yet again showed its weakness, especially the inconsistent batting. Despite a good start, the batting collapsed under pressure and if it weren't for Rishabh Pant, the team would have lost the contest.
"If you are set on a wicket like this, you have to finish the match for your team. I took it very close, but next time I will finish it for the team. (Pressure) I just try to be positive. If your mindset is negative, it doesn't help," Pant said after the match.
"In T20s, you need 40 off 20 or so, then you have to attack one bowler. I don't see who's bowling. It's in our muscle memory, and that's why we practise so much. Today, that was special because I didn't try to hit the ball too hard. I was just watching the ball, and I was trying to time the ball," he added.
The qualifier 2 will again be a pressure match with Dhoni trying all the tactics to put the young opponents in difficulty. Delhi is still doing fine in absence of Kagiso Rabada as Ishant Sharma is picking early wickets.
The side relies on Amit Mishra for the spin attack as Axar Patel has been ineffective in last few matches.
Delhi's success relies mainly on its batting and the young trio -- Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant -- would have to perform. Shikhar Dhawan found it difficult to hit runs in the eliminator against SRH and threw away his wicket in a haste, Delhi would expect a responsible inning from the experienced batsman.
Delhi would be high on confidence as they know the conditions of the ground after playing and winning the match in Vizag but Chennai is unlikely to make the same mistake.
IPL 2019, Qualifier 2: CSK vs DC Live streaming details
Date and Day: May 10, 2019, Friday.
Place: ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Time: 7:30 pm IST
CSK vs DC match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary. One can also live stream the CSK vs DC 2019 IPL match on Hotstar app and Tatasky app. The fans can also watch in-depth analysis of live match on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD.