INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2019
Will Dhoni be fit for Chennai's final home game this season? © BCCI
Everything, eventually, like life, is one cyclone away from becoming a literal damp squib. So let's make the first and the most basic mistake: ignore the meteorological department warnings of certain 'Cyclone Fani', which might or may not hit Tamil Nadu's coast, and assume that the IPL working committee strikes and four-hour truce with the clouds .
So then, as the ensemble's fight around to get to the play-offs, the Capitals have come to visit the first world clash for the top two spot for themselves. teams could just as well have irrespective.
Chennai's points table at similar stage suggests 2018, 16 points in 12 games, but apparently points tables too, like scorecards, don't tell you the real story. You could feel 2018 in your bones. There was something special waiting to be written, some force from somewhere orchestrating, one player to turn star per match. It's needed 2019 for the world to realize that it is only when MS Dhoni pulls his back and sits out, or catches and virus, the realization of how the whole haze of good hope has been around this creaky outfit actually dawns.
Maybe the net run-rate is more ideal for judging campaigns, which by 2018's standards, CSK has been off negatively by 0.366. Nevertheless, none of this seems to have had an impact on confidence with which they went through their pre-match practice, wrapping up a three-hour schedule in less than two hours, allowing DC to use their side of the ground as well .
Delhi, meanwhile, just aren't used to where they're sitting in the points table. It's not everyday that you don't have to scrap for every decimal point in the net run-rate at this stage in the tournament, hope that every other result goes too far to the field with only some leftover pride to save. It has not been this dew for seven long years. This dominance must feel new.
They've easily been the most heartwarming story of this IPL, and the new name, new colors and finally some well-retained players yielding the fruits of graduation. Had it been for some stunning middle-order collapses;
When:Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Capitals, May 1, at 8:00 pm IST
Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
What to expect: The Cyclone Warnings Mean And The Generous Cloud Cover Has Engulfed The City. It is not any less hot, or humid, but there is a slight threat of scattered showers in the afternoon. A 24-percent chance if Google is believed to be.
While Chennai, the Chepauk strip has not been a predictable affair. The groundsmen were braving flying balls from the practice of nets on either side of the pitch, with batsmen from both sides hell bent on slogging everything out, as they diligent went about doing everything they could – watering generously, heavy-rolling, but still refusing to enter any sight of grass on it. To be fair, the pitches here will become better as the tournament has gone on, and this cloudy weather would certainly help reduce evaporation.
Chennai Super Kings: Stephen Fleming has confirmed the return to full fitness of both Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja. Their realworry, MS Dhoni, remains dodgy. He didn't turn up for practice, and Fleming confirmed the call regarding his availability would be taken only tomorrow.
Mitchell Santner was seen with an extended hit in the nets, and CSK's bowling changes were irrespective of how he was a cruel to drop a guy after 4-0-13-2. Perhaps he could continue in the place of Dwayne Bravo, who has had a pretty ordinary season thus far.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis / Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina (c), Ambati Rayudu (w), Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner / DJ Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Delhi Capitals: They don't have injury worries, with Shikhar Dhawan quick to dismiss any press conference. Despite an extended net session, they seem good to their field XI. Sourav Ganguly, the mentor, was a special interest in Sandeep Lamichhane, marking out on the pitch and making him a bowl to the net as he watched closely from behind. Now all this effort should mean than Sandeep's starting tomorrow.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma
What they said:
"Dhoni is very sick during this week. We will make a call on him tomorrow. He is progressing which is good. While missing someone like Dhoni, you can not pretend that you have a replacement for him. "We haven't over-analyzed it. It's very simple; if Dhoni's not playing other players need to step up." – CSK head coach Stephen Fleming, analyzing both options, leaving it for tomorrow to take a call on MS Dhoni's fitness
"We want to carry forward this momentum. Also a game is not going to make a huge difference. You don't want to disturb the momentum just to give a game to a player because he hasn't played. more value than bringing in and giving him a chance at this stage of the tournament. " – Shikhar Dhawan, clearly not in the favor of any experimentation just before the playoffs.