Table topper Delhi will fight against the second position holder in the points table Chennai in the first qualifier of the Indian T20 League. The team that manages to win in the first qualifier will get a direct ticket to the finals, and the losing team will take on the winner of the eliminator round in the second qualifier match.
The match is scheduled to occur in the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday, the 10th of October.
Delhi has performed brilliantly in the league matches, and they will look forward to continuing the same pace in the playoffs. Delhi's opening order is breathing fire, Shaw played good innings in his last match, and Dhawan is a contender for the orange cap, proving that he is in great form. Moreover, Delhi's middle order is also quite strong, just like their opening pair. Though Delhi's middle order failed to do much in the last match, we expect they could convert a good start into a big score in the playoffs.
Delhi's fast bowling attack is exceptional. With the likes of Nortje, Rabada, and Avesh Khan, they have successfully created a fuss for their opponents in the league matches. All three fast bowlers have a good record on the Dubai pitch.
On the other hand, Chennai will go out of its way to clinch the Indian T20 League title for the fourth time. But Chennai's streak of losses in its previous matches is a matter of concern. They have failed to defend the score in their last three games, and they need a lot of improvement in their bowling. Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo have proved to be quite expensive in their previous two matches. Chennai would need more tricks to win against Delhi as the table toppers are in tremendous form.
The maximum and minimum temperatures in Dubai will be 38 and 27 degrees, respectively. The humidity will be 60 percent approximately.
The Dubai pitch provides a good balance between the bat and the ball. The pitch may help the fast bowlers initially, but a set batter can score big here. Spinners can get help from the pitch after ten overs. After winning the toss, the teams are likely to bowl first.
Probable Playing XI For Delhi
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.
Probable Playing XI For Chennai
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
Faf du Plessis