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Indian T20 League 2021: Delhi vs Chennai, Match Prediction, Predicted XI | Fantasy Picks


New-look Delhi will start their campaign under new skipper Rishabh Pant and they will meet 3-times winner Chennai at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Delhi has improved their game since they changed the name and appointed Rickey Ponting as their new head coach. After finishing eighth in 2018, Delhi easily made it into the playoffs in the next two seasons. 

They played their first-ever Indian T20 League final in 2020. They are favourites to crack playoffs for third successive seasons but Ponting is looking for the title this time. Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the tournament but their backup plan is pretty strong and they rely on their Indian batting lineup which is in good form. 

Read More: Indian T20 League 2021 Team Analysis of Delhi

Dhawan was the top scorer for Delhi last season with two centuries and Prithvi Shaw is coming off a tremendous domestic form. Shaw improved his game and he might be a standout performer for Delhi. Rahane will now take the charge at number three and Pant will bat at number four. Delhi has the good options at number five like Hetmyer, Smith and Billings. Hetmyer will get the final nod from Ponting and Stoinis will come at six. They have Ashwin and Axar who will be two front-line spinners. These two can offer batting options at down-order. Delhi’s pace-attack is also in good form with Rabada and Nortje. They have the perfect team combination for the shorter format of cricket.
 
Meanwhile, Chennai would enter as the underdogs in 2021 as cricket experts are not giving them an advantage this time. Chennai missed out on playoffs for the first time in 2020 and they invested some amount in auction 2021. Chennai will welcome Suresh Raina at number three but miss Shane Watson in top-order who made the retirement last year. Gaikwad and Uthappa may open for Chennai to find Plessis in middle-order or Chennai can even send Faf with Gaikwad to try Moeen Ali in middle-order. Raina and Rayudu will come at numbers three and four. Sam Curran and Jadeja might be promoted up in the order. 

Read More: Indian T20 League 2021 Team Analysis of Chennai

They will surely lack the finisher in the end but Dhoni can sort it out. We can understand that the spark is missing in Chennai in this department. The Bowling combination will be the same. Deepak Chahar will start the innings with the new ball and Shardul Thakur will join him as the 2nd pacer. Dhoni can pick Imran Tahir to boost the spin option. They also have an option of Gowtham who can offer a good balance with bat and ball. Mumbai’s surface doesn’t suit the style of Chennai but their game will be led by Dhoni who can change the game with his masterclass tactics. How Dhoni gets out the best version from his players will be the key thing for Chennai. 

Pitch Behaviour 

Wankhede’s surface is a pure batting paradise and in night games, it offers high-scoring games. Batting would be easier and we may expect a little bit help to spin. Chasing would be a great call after winning the toss.
 
Probable XI 

Chennai 

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Dwayne Bravo/Imran Tahir, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar 

Delhi

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk & C), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma 

Fantasy Players 

Chennai 

Ravindra Jadeja 
Shardul Thakur 

Delhi

Rishabh Pant 
Shikhar Dhawan 

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