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18 May 2018

DD vs CSK: Preview, head-to-head and Fantasy XI

IPL 2018: DD vs CSK- Match preview

Bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils take on strong performers Chennai Super Kings in match number 52 of 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).

A win for CSK could see them topple SRH atop the table.

CSK have already qualified for the play-offs and it's a matter of making more grounds.

For DD, they would want to spoil CSK party and show their mettle.

Here's our pre-match report.

In context

IPL 2018: DD vs CSK- Match preview
CSK lead the show in head-to-head proceedings


CSK lead the show in head-to-head proceedings

CSK have enjoyed solidity over DD in head-to-head fixtures.

Out of the 17 matches between these two teams, CSK lead by a huge 12-5 margin.

At the Kotla, as well, the visitors have had a better say.

Out of five clashes, MS Dhoni's boys lead by a 4-1 tally.

Without any doubt, CSK go in as the favorites.

Probable Playing XI - Delhi Daredevils

Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer (captain), Glenn Maxwell, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Trent Boult, Harshal Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane and Amit Mishra.

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Probable Playing XI - Chennai Super Kings

Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi and Karn Sharma.

Runs aplenty

High score to greet fans at Kotla

Scores in excess of 180+ should be expected at Kotla.

Bowlers need to think smartly and come strong.

The conditions are likely to be cool and slight rainfall is expected as per reports.

Team batting second will have an edge on Friday evening.

A lot will depend on in-form batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant.

Stat box - DD vs CSK

Numbers game

Stat box - DD vs CSK

CSK batsmen have hit the maximum sixes in IPL 2018 (116).

Daredevils have the worst economy rate as compared to other teams in IPL 2018 (9.34).

Harbhajan Singh has taken 21 wickets against DD in his IPL career. This is the most by any bowler against Delhi.

Prithvi Shaw has been dismissed five times versus spin in seven IPL innings.

Dream XI

Ambati and Pant get the leadership roles - Fantasy XI

In-form batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant are natural choices as the skipper and vice-captain.

Suresh Raina, Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy fill up as the batsmen in this XI.

CSK all-round duo of Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo keep their place in the Fantasy XI.

In the bowling department, Trent Boult leads the charge along with Harbhajan, Harshal Patel and Mishra joining him.

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