Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capital face-off, Faf du Plessis vs Ravichandran Ashwin
IPL 2020, CSK vs DC: Veteran South African Faf du Plessis has been on the money for Chennai Super Kings.© Twitter
Chennai Super Kings have seen the good and bad of IPL cricket after two matches played earlier, one win and one defeat. While all have oscillated between being civilized and apathetic. Veteran South African Faf du Plessis has been on the money in both matches, scoring 44 and an unbeaten 72-ball 72 against the match-winning Mumbai Indians and a big run in 37 balls against Kings XI Punjab (7 sixes). followed. He is going to be an important cog in CSK’s batting when he meets the Delhi Capitals in their next match. Delhi’s organization will be hoping that Ravichandran Ashwin will recover from an injury against Kings XI Punjab and can also beat South Africa.
Ashwin was part of the CSK line-up for a long time and a slight needlework with his former teammates is unavoidable. But if there was someone who would carry the fight forward, he would have been an off-spinner from Tamil Nadu.
Ashwin has played 140 IPL matches, many of them for CSK, and has taken 127 wickets in an economy of 6.78. He had taken two wickets for two runs in the only over bowled against KXIP and had an incomplete turnover in IPL 2020.
Du Plessis has been in the CSK line-up for a long time. He has played 73 IPL matches and scored 1983 runs at a strike rate of 128.51. More importantly, he had scored 130 runs so far in IPL 2020 at a strike rate of 160.49, which Ashwin would have to see.
At the same time, Dubai as a ground is bigger than Sharjah and so is Abu Dhabi. Therefore, anything that is 6 certain in Sharjah can land well in Dubai, so when a spinner bowls, it will be considered.
Both the players are looking good and there is an expectation that Ashwin is quite fit for the face-off, as it promises to be a tricky one.
Note: All statistics courtesy iplt20.com