Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals (RR) thrashed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to become the third team to move into the playoffs stage. The RR batters remained cool as cucumbers and chased down the 150-run target set by CSK without any clamour yesterday. Moeen’s blinder after the powerplay went in vain. Ravichandran Ashwin’s all-round performance proved too hot for CSK to change the complexion of the match. He was deservingly adjudged the Player of the Match.
Two contestants but one berth
One place is left for the magic playoffs, and two contestants are in the fray. The Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are both hoping to advance to the next round.The equation is simple. DC will take on MI in their final and probably the most crucial league match of this edition of the IPL. If Delhi win, then they will officially confirm their playoffs berth. If the result is reversed tonight, then RCB will make it through.
DC have been searching for their maiden IPL title, facing the team that has pocketed the maximum IPL trophies over the last 14 seasons. Rohit Sharma’s team is not in contention in the 15th edition. MI have nothing to lose; there is no match pressure based on the outcome of the game. MI may give reserved players a chance to test their bench strength.
DC’s head coach, Ricky Ponting, believes that his team has finally found the momentum after breaking the trend with a victory in the previous game. Whether it’s a facade of confidence or a genuine feeling, he is hopeful that the team has peaked at the right moment to go for the ultimate glory.
DC will take the field at Wankhede with one goal in mind: to win tonight’s encounter and go on to grab the IPL trophy for the first time. If they fail in their mission, then both sides have to pack their luggage today to go home.
Dew has not played any major part in the last few matches at the Wankhede Stadium, where chasing teams have found green pastures as they have reached home in three out of four encounters at the venue. The toss may play a decisive role today. The humidity is expected to be 71%.
Prithvi Shaw’s injury is a concern for DC in tonight’s crucial match. His participation in the match is not certain.
DC openers have failed to cross the double figure mark in their last six innings. Their sequence of runs is as followed: 0, 5, 0, 16, 0 and 0
David Warner’s record against MI is quite decent, scoring six fifties in 19 innings, averaging 44.07 with a strike rate of 138.87.
Speedster Jasprit Bumrah has scalped 20 wickets in 18 matches against DC. Meanwhile, Javdev Unadkat has pocketed 19 in 9.
What will be the match strategy for DC? That is important. Everything will be revealed tonight about how they manage the pressure game. Cricket fans should be ready to watch a thrilling encounter at Wankhede.