DC vs CSK : The Sportsrush presents to you the 3 things that DC needs to do to defeat CSK in IPL qualifier 2.
‘A change in name and a consequent change in fortune’- is what the entire cricketing fraternity is talking about at the moment when they hear the two-lettered buzz word- ‘Delhi Capitals’. And rightly so, as the Delhi franchise without the ‘Daredevils’ in them have unarguably gone hammer and tongs this year, despite yet lacking the prowess of finishing games as they would have liked to.
Brimming high in confidence with their win against the SRH in the Eliminator, the Capitals, who last made it through to the playoffs only in 2012, would like to make the best out of their good run in form so far this season.
With their batters peaking in at the right time when it really matters the most, it will mostly be about doing the basics right for them, especially while they’re chasing. As far as the bowling department is concerned, it is their pace battery which needs to charge up a bit.
One gigantic clash.
Four foreign slots.
Who will fill it today?
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 10, 2019
All in all what apparently looks all good for DC on their path towards their first ever IPL final, an address to some minor glitches would be imperative, especially against the three-time champions CSK, who have the experience in the true sense of the term to pounce on the slightest of mistakes of their opponents, especially in a high-pressure game as the Qualifier. Here they are:
Drop Trent Boult
Having picked up only 4 wickets in the 4 matches he has played so far, and with an ordinary average of 35.55, Boult has clearly not been the perfect man-to-man replacement for Kagiso Rabada since his departure from the Capitals’ bowling line up.
Moreover, he has not been able to dig in those much needed toe-crushers and also infamously finds his name amongst the top ten bowlers with the poorest economy rate in the death overs, in an IPL game.
As a replacement, is might be advisable to bring back Chris Morris in the playing eleven. Morris too hasn’t been at his best this season, but has the ability to bowl those Yorkers consistently at the death.
Moreover, with 13 scalps in nine games, off which 10 of those wickets coming in the fag end of the innings, Morris is also the second highest wicket taker for the Capitals this season.
On top of that, with the ability to smack the leather with the bat down at the lower-middle order, he is arguably the ideal replacement for Boult ahead of the second Qualifier.
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Change in Rishabh Pant’s approach
We have seen it before, and we saw it yesterday yet again. Rishabh Pant has a knack of ‘doing it the MS Dhoni way’, every time his team inches closer to the target.
Of course it would never be advisable for the likes of Pontings and Gangulys to have a word or two with him to curb his natural instincts. But, somewhere down the line Pant will have to make sure he leaves the ground only after he shakes hands or embraces his fellow team mates and opponents.
DC, after all the years of toil and labour just cannot afford to lose a crucial ‘Qualifier’ like game, courtesy a reckless shot from their best batsman so far, especially at the cusp of victory.
Drop Colin Munro
It just seems irrational for the Delhi Capitals to be playing Munro down the order (at number 5 in the Eliminator), especially with Ganguly and Ponting forming the core of the team’s think tank. He has been a fish out of water, seeming clueless as to how to strategise his innings, and at what pace.
Having said that, with the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw doing more than just good for the Capitals in terms of providing a quick start, Munro finds no place in the side until perhaps, the next season of the IPL.
As a replacement, there shouldn’t be any raised eyebrows if they rope in someone like a Hanuma Vihari at number 5. He surely has that required big match temperament which we witnessed in the away Test series against Australia last year. Moreover, with nothing to lose on a personal front, he could even break the shackles or score runs at a reasonable pace in accordance with the situation. With his off breaks he can also be considered as an option in the sticky and relatively slow Vizag pitch, and sneak in with an over or two.