Visakhapatnam, May 9 : Coming from a win in the IPL Eliminator, Delhi Capitals will look to win and seal their place on May 12 final and as they face Defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2019 at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Friday.
Delhi Capitals will enter this match after a great win against SRH in the eliminator whereas CSK lost the first qualifier match against MI.Delhi will create history if they win against CSK as they are the only side to have never played an IPL final. DC's young batting unit have done a remarkable job in this year's IPL and somehow managed to score the runs whenever the team needed them.
In the last match against SRH, Pant played a superb knock of 49 runs in 21 balls in a high-pressure situation and helped DC in getting over the line. Another young batsman Prithvi Shaw too played an important innings of 56 and gave signals of returning in form. India opener Shikhar Dhawan is also in great form and has scored runs freely at the top in the powerplay overs.
Apart from Shikhar, Skipper Shreyas Iyer too has played a couple of match-winning knocks and has led from the front. In bowling, DC fast bowler including Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma, did a good job in the absence of Kagiso Rabada and were well supported by Keemo Paul, who picked up three wickets. Veteran spinner Amit Mishra and Axar Patel also did well against SRH.
On the other hand, Defending champions Chennai Super Kings had a bad loss against MI in the Qualifier 1 and will look to bounce back in this match. CSK also have the experience of playing the big matches, having won three titles besides being runners-up four times.
CSK captain Dhoni who is good form will expect a better performance from his batsmen after the disappointment against Mumbai Indians.CSK's top-order has been their concern as they haven't fired consistently. Opener Shane Watson has not been among the run scorer ever since smashing a 53-ball 96 against Sunrisers on April 23. The likes of Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis Ambati Rayudu will be also the key factor in this match.
Bowling has been CSK's strong point so far this season. The responsibility will be again on the young pacer Deepak Chahar to pick up early wickets and Imran Tahir the second highest-wicket taker this season after Kagiso Rabada will look to carry forward his great form.
Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and DJ Bravo will be raring to continue their magic with the ball. The winner of the Qualifier 2 will face Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 final in Hyderabad on Sunday. UNI