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Three weeks ago, when the tournament began, neither Chennai Super Kings nor Delhi Daredevils would have envisaged themselves to be in this position midway into the tournament. Cricket Betting Tips Free While the most followed team in the IPL are playing at a new home, the perennial underachievers have a new captain already with Gautam Gambhir's future looking bleak.
On the table, they are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cricket Betting Tips Tipped to possess the most destructive batting lineup this season, Daredevils have found the going tough and have lost five out of seven whereas Super Kings, ridiculed as an 'old outfit', have just done the exact opposite to be placed second with ten points.
All is not lost though for the Daredevils as exemplified by their performance against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday (April 27). The makeshift batting order came together at last with Shreyas Iyer leading by example. Cricket Tips Iyer and Prithvi Shaw scored 155 runs between them to help their side set a nice platform for a massive win. In the bowling department, Match Tips Trent Boult has been consistent but Avesh Khan and Liam Plunkett's introduction into the XI has worked wonders. With Amit Mishra also finding his mojo back in the last game, Daredevils will be fairly confident against a side that will look to manage the workload of some of their players.
With Deepak Chahar ruled out for a couple of weeks and the need to rest some of their ageing players with a tight schedule coming up, Super Kings will probably be ringing in some changes. Suresh Raina looked in delightful touch during the loss to Mumbai Indians whereas Amabati Rayudu and MS Dhoni continued to contribute as well but the lack of runs from Sam Billings and the lack of clarity over Ravindra Jadeja's role will be a cause for minor concern for now. Cbtf Cricket In the bowling department, they will look to ease the burden on Dwayne Bravo for death over duties. Even though Lungi Ngidi is back in the squad, the situation calls for someone like Mark Wood to be included.
When: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils, April 30, 2018, 8 PM IST
Where: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
What to expect: Temperatures are expected to be warm throughout the game.
Chennai Super Kings
The likes of Mark Wood, David Willey and Karn Sharma could come into contention with Super Kings playing their second game within 48 hours.
Predicted XI: Shane Watson/David Willey, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood, Shardul Thakur
The visitors have no reason to change their winning combination and are expected to stick with it.
Predicted XI: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan
Head to Head of teams
CSK 11 - 5 DD
Team Record at that particular venue
DD have won three out of their five games in Pune including their last two.
Raina vs DD: Raina has struggled against DD scoring only 491 runs at 28.88 with just two fifties from 20 innings.
Harbhajan vs DD: No one has taken more wickets against DD in IPL than Harbhajan's 21. He averages 20.19 against them at an ER of 6.68.
IPL 2018 trends
DD and CSK have lost the fewest wickets in the last five overs - eight and 12 respectively. CSK average 35.25 with a scoring rate of 12.32 in the last five while the same for DD is 35.38 and 11.32.
DD have taken the most wickets in the last five - 21 - taking a wicket every 8.47 overs, conceding a boundary every 6.36 balls compared to the tournament average of 5.00 in this phase.
ABOUT THE MATCH
West Indies took a thrashing in the first T20 match of their Pakistan tour as they lost the contest against the hosts by a whopping 143 runs. Pakistan and West Indies will lock horns in the 2nd T20 of the series at Karachi on 2nd April, wherein the visitors will try to draw level to keep their hopes alive. Cricket Betting Tips Free The Windies suffered the disadvantage of being jetlagged for the opener and would need to give their best shot here if they want to stun the hosts; Pakistan, on the other hand, has shown their prowess with bat and ball and could come out all guns blazing yet again to inch closer to a 3-0 whitewash.
Youngsters like Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Talat, who have done well in the PSL too, did well to build a solid foundation while batting first against the Windies. Cricket Tips While Zaman scored 39 off 24, Talat top-scored with 41 off 37 to keep the scoreboard ticking. Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik pitched in with 38 and 37 runs respectively, and they took the total to a massive 203.
The bowlers then struck hard at the visitors and dismissed them all-out for just 60 runs on board. Speedster Mohammad Amir was impressive with 2-3 in the opening spell while spinner Mohammad Nawaz also claimed 2-19 to stifle the top-order. Cricket Betting Tips Spinners Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan took 3 wickets between them to wrap up the match while others like Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali and Hussain Talat contributed with a wicket each.
Pakistan is a solid unit with in-form batsmen and bowlers, who could yet again edge past the visitors to keep their winning momentum on home turf going.
Bowlers like Samuel Badree, Keemo Paul, and Rayad Emrit put up a horrific performance as they gave away too many runs owing to their lines and lengths going haywire. Added to it was the poor fielding quality and the hosts were galloping away to 56-1 in the first six overs. Cricket Tips Free Despite a wicket each by Keemo Paul, Emrit and Rovman Powell, they couldn’t contain the Pakistani batsmen from reaching the joint-highest T20 total of 203 runs.
Apart from Marlon Samuels and Chadwick Walton, nobody in the top-order managed to score a single run; players like Andre Fletcher, captain Jason Mohammed and experienced batsman Denesh Ramdin were duck-out in a humiliating way. Cbtf Samuels top-scored with 18 runs and they were all-out for a meager 60 runs by the 14th over. Cbtf CricketThe squad is weak without players like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo, who have done well recently in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Experienced players like Andre Fletcher, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels and Chadwick Walton must take up the task of building a good foundation if batting first or while chasing a target in the upcoming match. Cbtf Betting Tips Spinner Samuel Badree and fast-bowlers Kesrick Williams and Rayad Emrit bring variety to the attack and could try to fire from all cylinders to contain the hosts here.
While the dazed visitors suffered a horrible defeat in the opening game, they do have resources to bounce back in the upcoming match. Cricket Betting Tips FreePakistan is upbeat with its massive win and with the home advantage, they are clear favorites to win again on Monday.