Today’s battle between CSK and DD seems to be more of a formality , rather than an actual contest for survival like the one between KXIP and MI. CSK would want to win this match too so that they remain in top 2. Their comeback after an exile of 2 years followed by complete dominance in this edition as well showed that old habits don’t die off quickly.
DD on the other hand , had dismal performances this season , even with the likes of Gautham Gambhir, Prithwi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer , Glenn Maxwell . Their back to back failures resulted in Gambhir taking a bold move of stepping down as the captain. Unfortunately , even this move couldn’t generate any positive results for the team.
Hopefully , the Delhi Daredevils learn from their current season’s mistake and start afresh the next season. Meanwhile, CSK would eye for a trophy this season . They had won it way back in 2011 and it is time for them to clinch the title from the hands of the defending champions Mumbai Indians.
let’s have a look at the players who can emerge as the top performers in today’s battle between CSK and DD
Captain cool has been in terrific form in this IPL edition. There were criticisms all across social media regarding his poor run with the bat especially in the T20 format of the game . But , with his present form in the shorter format, Dhoni has successfully shut the critics and emerged as one of the top performers in this edition of IPL.
There were discussions regarding his style of play before the start of IPL and whether he should continue playing the side , but all those hardly matter now. He has once again donned the role of a finisher for his franchise and taken the side back to the top position.
Dhoni is 26 short of reaching 4000 runs in IPL and he would be expected to cross the mark in today’s game. Looks like the yellow jersey and Dhoni have some strong connection associated with themselves.
Mumbai Indians seem to have committed a horrendous crime by dropping Rayudu from their franchise. Rayudu’s inconsistent performances had cost him his place in the Indian team. But , the right arm attacking batsman has quite brilliantly used IPL as a platform to get back into the Indian dressing room.
He is currently 5th in the list of leading run scorers with 535 runs in 12 games with an average of 48.6. Rayudu has been the match winner for CSK for many occasions this season. He has successfully torn apart the opposition’s bowling lineup in this IPL edition thereby setting up a decent total for CSK.
The lone warrior of Delhi Daredevils has been an outstanding performer from the start of the season. The young lad has quite magnificently carved out a niche for himself . His shot selections , ability to rotate the strike under pressure situations and destructive over the park hitting have garnered him praise from many legends of the game.
In 12 matches, he has amassed 582 runs at a mammoth strike rate of 179.82 . He has truly evolved as a player in such a short span of time . DD failed to work as a team and heavily relied on Pant for putting up a decent total on many occasions.
With nothing to lose at this stage, DD will aim for victories in the remaining matches to end the season on a winning note. Hopefully they work on their weaknesses and bounce back with full strength next season.
The Jamaican all-rounder hasn’t enjoyed much success in this season of IPL. Bravo single handedly had won the game against Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of the season. Since then he has failed to put up worthy match winning performances.
His death over bowling which is considering to be his speciality has been failing to hit the right chords. WIth playoffs closing in, Bravo would be expected to elevate his performance and take on the mantle of the death over specialist.
With Pollard registering a match winning knock and making a comeback into the MI team , CSK fans are now eager to see Bravo taking prey on the opposition batting lineup as well.