It's MSD versus Rishabh Pant as CSK take on DC in their IPL season opener
It will be a fight between 'youthful student and his lord' when Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings make right each other in an IPL match here on Saturday, with the two sides focusing on a triumphant beginning to their mission.
The Delhi establishment finished other participants last season in the UAE and would expect to raise the stakes this time and a decent beginning would be the thing they will be searching for.
Three-time champions CSK had a forgettable season a year ago, completing at seventh out of eight groups and they would likewise be looking for a triumphant beginning in their bid to offer reparations of a poor IPL 2020.
Attendant batsman Pant, blessed to captaincy without harmed Shreyas Iyer, has said as of late that he would place his gaining from Dhoni to use in DC's season opener.
"My first match as skipper will be against Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). It will be a decent encounter for me as I have taken in a great deal from him. I'll apply my own insight and gaining from him," Pant had said as of late.
Delhi's solid batting lineup of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Pant himself will hope to fire on all chambers directly from the initial game.
Dhawan (618 runs) was the second most noteworthy run-scorer in IPL 2020 and glanced in great touch in the new ODI arrangement against England. He would be chomping at the bit to go this season.
Shaw will tingle to demonstrate his value subsequent to accumulating 827 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. All things considered, Shaw and Dhawan would open.
Commander Pant, a hard-hitting batsman, is as his life, having arisen as a match-victor for India in the arrangement against Australia and England. He might want to proceed with his great run.
The Delhi group additionally has any semblance of all-rounder Marcus Stonis, Shimron Hetymar and Sam Billings yet should get their group mix right, as just four abroad players can include in the playing XI.
They have enough alternatives to browse the battery of pacers containing Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes and Anrich Nortje.
Regardless of whether the South African couple of Rabada and Nortje passes up a major opportunity in the principal game as they joined the group only a couple of days back, DC has sufficient capability and involvement with the bowling office.
Additionally, assuming a vital part on a lazy Wankhede track would be the spinners - Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra, however Axar Patel won't be accessible as he tried positive for COVID-19 last Saturday.
Then again, Chennai will be reinforced by the arrival of the accomplished batsman Suresh Raina, who is their record-breaking driving run-scorer, with 5,368 runs.
Raina will reinforce the top-request, which has any semblance of youthful Ruturaj Gaikwad, South African Faf Du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu.
With any semblance of youthful Sam Curran, who nearly pulled off success for England in the last ODI against India, and Moeen Ali, alongside incredible finisher Dhoni, Chennai additionally has a steady center request.
Their bowling assault will be driven by the steadily improving Shardul Thakur, who can likewise bat, and Deepak Chahar. And afterward, there is Ravindra Jadeja, the wily left-arm spinner, who can likewise be convenient with the bat.
Behind the shut entryways at the Wankhede Stadium, which was desolated by a huge number of COVID-19 cases before it was cleared to have matches, it stays not yet clear whether Pant can outmaneuver Dhoni, or?MSD' has his direction.
The Teams (From):
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (c and wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c and wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujra, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
The match begins at 7.30 PM.