Reigning Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings will be looking to bounce back from the defeat in the first qualifier when they meet high-flying Delhi Capitals in the virtual semifinal. The winner of the second qualifier will lock horns against Mumbai Indians in the final on May 12 in Hyderabad. Chennai Super Kings had suffered a crushing loss in the first qualifier while Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling Eliminator.
The last time Chennai and Delhi had met, the former had registered a thumping win. After scoring 179, Chennai had bowled out Delhi for just 99. However, Delhi was quick to bounce back and have won their previous two games. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings have lost their last two matches. They lost their last league game which was against Kings XI Punjab before losing the Qualifier.
Not only the momentum, the stats are also not in Super Kings’ favour. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra enjoys a superb track record against Chennai batsmen and Delhi will be looking to make the most of it. The veteran leg-spinner has troubled the likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja. Mishra has dismissed Watson five times in the IPL while the opener has scored just 72 runs off 62 deliveries he has faced from the spinner.
On the other hand, Raina and Jadeja have fallen to Mishra four times while Rayudu has been dismissed by him thrice. In fact, MS Dhoni has struggled against Mishra too. While Mishra has dismissed Dhoni just once in the IPL, the latter’s strike-rate is just 121.9 against the ace spinner. Mishra is also in form at the moment which can cause all sorts of trouble for Chennai Super Kings.
Earlier in the season, Mishra became the first spinner in the history of the competition to reach 150 IPL wickets. In Delhi’s last league game, he agonisingly missed out on taking a hat-trick before conceding just 16 off his four overs in the Eliminator.