CSK has previously lost both of their fixtures in Sharjah but with a morale-boosting win in the last game against SRH, one can never rule out a possibility of yet another heist by the MS Dhoni-led outfit.
Here’s a look at CSK’s predicted playing XI against DC-
CSK finally made the move to slot in Sam Curran at the top of the order in the last game against SunRisers Hyderabad. And, the move worked brilliantly.
Curran showed the necessary intent that had been missing from CSK’s batsmen in the middle-overs in the previous games, smashing a 21-ball 31. He also chipped in with the ball by claiming an all-important wicket of David Warner in the powerplay.
Faf du Plessis
After scoring an unbeaten 87 against KXIP, the former South African skipper has now had three indifferent performances where he has managed scores of 17 (10) vs KKR, 8(10) vs RCB & 0(1) vs SRH.
The team-management will hope that du Plessis regains his touch in the upcoming fixture against DC.
After regaining his form against KXIP with a whirlwind 83*, Shane Watson has stitched two 40+ scores in the last three games.
But it is his strike-rate that has left a lot to be desired. Watson has been able to set-up a base for himself but hasn’t been able to cash-in and make up for the balls he had faced. In the last game too, Watson got dismissed after having taken 38 balls for his 42.
Just like Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu too hasn’t been able to up the ante during the middle-overs. He has chipped in with 30s and 40s but his inability to add an extra gear to his batting has been evident in the past two games.
MS Dhoni (C & WK)
MS Dhoni has shown glimpses of his former self in his past few innings but we really haven’t seen a knock of substance from the champion wicketkeeper-batsman.
In the last game too, Dhoni showed a glimpse of his belligerence when he smoked T Natarajan for a 102 meter six before eventually getting dismissed courtesy a wide-yorker on the next delivery.
Will we finally see Dhoni turn back the clock against DC in Sharjah?
Ravindra Jadeja had a brilliant outing in the last game against SRH with both bats, ball and in the field.
He scored a 10-ball 25 to ensure CSK reached 167 before dismissing Jonny Bairstow and claiming two brilliant catches in the field.
Dwayne Bravo hasn’t really had a proper hit with the bat this season. In the last game too, the all-rounder, in trying to up the ante, was dismissed for a 1-ball duck.
But, with the ball in his hand, Bravo has once again chipped-in this season. The death-over specialist claimed two wickets in the last game at the expense of 25 runs in three overs.
Deepak Chahar’s inability to chip-in with wickets in the powerplay should be a cause of worry for CSK.
The swing bowler has managed just 1 wicket in the last four games, something that has rarely been the case in the past two seasons.
Piyush Chawla bowled just one over in the last game against SRH, in which he gave away 8 runs.
It will be interesting to see how Dhoni uses the leggie in Sharjah.
Shardul Thakur has been a revelation for CSK thus far. The seam-bowler has chipped-in with crucial wickets in the middle and death overs consistently.
In the last game too, Thakur bowled 2 overs where he only conceded 10 runs besides claiming the prized scalp of Rashid Khan.
Karn Sharma has chipped-in with wickets in his three outings in the ongoing season but he has also gone for a lot of runs.
In the last game too, Sharma claimed two wickets for 37 runs in 4 overs, but 19 of those 37 came in one over, which nearly took the game out of CSK’s hands.