CSK vs DC
Chennai Super Kings kick off their IPL 2021 campaign against Delhi Capitals today (April 10). Before the start of the contest, here's a look at head-to-head record and important stats
Key HighlightsChennai Super Kings face Delhi Capitals in their opening game of IPL 2021The MS Dhoni-led side lost both the fixtures against DC last yearRishabh Pant will be making his captaincy debut in Shreyas Iyer's absence
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will open their IPL 2021 campaign against Delhi Capitals (DC), who also play their first game of the season. The much-awaited contest between the two sides will be played at the Wankhede Stadium. While MS Dhoni will continue to lead CSK, DC will have a new captain at the helm.
Rishabh Pant, who had first joined the franchise in 2016, will be leading DC for the first time. He has replaced Shreyas Iyer for the season. The latter was ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a shoulder issue. DC are without the services of their frontline pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Norjte for the opening contest. They are serving the isolation period.
CSK will be bolstered by Suresh Raina's comeback. The left-handed batsman had withdrawn from IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. The three-time IPL Champions missed his services and failed to qualify for the second round for the first time in the history of the league.
CSK are without South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi for the opening contest. But he isn't a confirmed selection in the final XI.
CSK, much will rely on Dhoni, Raina, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur. On the other hand, DC will bank on their senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, R Ashwin and others. Their pace department looks weak in the absence of Rabada and Nortje.
Before the contest, here's a look at their head-to-head record and some important stats between the two sides
CSK hold a big lead of 15-8 in 23 matches the two teams have played against each other. They squared off twice in IPL 2020 and DC won both the contest. A year before that, CSK had ended DC's chances by defeating them in the second Qualifier.
Dhoni tops the batting charts for his side vs DC - he has scored 547 runs. For DC, senior batsman Shikhar Dhawan holds the numero uno position with 302 runs. Dhawan spent a number of years away from DC and still tops the charts for his side.
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