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Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals, IPL 2020, Fantasy Pick, team predictions



Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals, IPL Match 7, Dubai

Pro tip

Have a couple of top-order batsmen but go big on middle-order batsmen.

Our XI: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Faf Du Plessis (c), 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk & vc), 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Lungi Ngidi, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Kagiso Rabada

Substitutes: Prithvi Shaw, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Marcus Stoinis

Note: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Player availability:

  • There is little clarity on the extent of R Ashwin’s shoulder injury but we are expecting him to sit this game out as a precautionary measure.

  • Dwayne Bravo still hasn’t recovered completely from his knee injury and Ambati Rayudu has picked up a minor hamstring injury. So both of them are out of this game but are expected to be back for the Super Kings’ next game.

Captain: Faf Du Plessis

Du Plessis has already scored 130 runs in two innings at a strike rate of 160.49 and we expect him to continue the good work. Since he fields in key positions, you could get a few points for some catches too.

Vice-captain: Rishabh Pant

Since the start of IPL 2019, Pant has scored the most runs in the middle overs – 356 runs at a strike rate of 143.54. Batting at No. 5 can be tough in UAE conditions, but he’s got the talent to pull it off

Hot picks

Sam Curran: Curran is filling the void left by Bravo with some terrific performances. He has already picked up four wickets and scored some crucial runs for the Super Kings. More than anything else, he has the knack of making things happen.

Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan missed out in his first outing and will be eager to make a statement this time around. Since 2018, he strikes at 139.76 against pace. The absence of Harbhajan Singh, the bowler who got Dhawan out twice last season could be another reason to have him in your XI.

Shreyas Iyer: On big grounds where running ones and twos is key, Iyer is a great pick. Since 2019, he has scored 53.16% of runs in ones and twos. He scored a confident 39 against Kings XI, including three big sixes, so he can go big as well.

Differential Players

Anrich Nortje: With the Super Kings openers struggling to score freely, Nortje could have a big role to play. He has picked up 27 wickets in 23 T20 games at a good economy of 7.57.

Shimron Hetmyer: He is capable of destroying bowling attacks in the matter of overs and while his consistency is a cause for concern, he is someone worth gambling on. Hetmyer scored 267 runs including three fifties in CPL 2020 and ended up as the fourth-highest run-getter in the tournament.

Points to note

  • Going by the first few games, batsmen have found the going easier in the second innings. So, it is better to have your captain from the team batting second.

  • If R Ashwin recovers from the shoulder injury and plays this game, replace a Capitals batsman with him.

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BBL 2020-21 – AB de Villiers opts out of BBL, Mujeeb Ur Rahman returns to Brisbane Heat



AB de Villiers will not return to the BBL with the Brisbane Heat this season due to the imminent birth of his third child and the complexities created by Covid-19 although the club have re-signed Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

De Villiers’ signing was announced to much fanfare last season as he played six matches for the Heat although his returns were middling with 146 runs at 24.33. He is currently enjoying an impressive IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Heat hope he can return in the future.

“While things initially looked fine for him to come back, there have been a few factors emerge which have changed everyone’s plans,” coach Darren Lehmann said. “The main one, aside from the challenges represented by Covid-19 and international travel, is that AB and his wife Danielle are expecting their third child very soon.

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“Naturally we’re very pleased for them and know that the next few months will be a very special time for all. We’ll stay in contact and see what develops. He has been in excellent touch in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, so he obviously remains a player we’d like to keep working with when the circumstances allow.”

Had de Villiers joined the BBL he would have been required to undergo 14 days quarantine in a hotel room before being able to link up with the Heat squad.

“It’s exciting for Danielle and me with the arrival of our new baby very soon,” he said. “So with a young, growing family, and the uncertainty around travel and conditions due to Covid-19, we reluctantly decided it wasn’t going to be this season.

“The Heat were great to us last summer and I am very open to returning to the club in the future. The team didn’t get the results we were hoping for and I consider there is some unfinished business to deal with.”

Mujeeb, meanwhile, will play his third season for the Heat. He is part of the Kings XI Punjab squad at the IPL although has only made two wicketless outings at the tournament. However, his form at the CPL, where he claimed 16 wickets at 13.56 and an economy of 5.29 on surfaces heavily in favour of spin, has encouraged Lehmann.

“He’s doing a lot of the little things as well as anyone, and his control and maturity have gone to a new level, I believe,” Lehmann said. “He was outstanding in the Caribbean Premier League recently when he was the second leading wicket-taker in the competition, and he’s shown in the IPL that he can handle the very best.

“We’re very pleased to have him back with us and with the BBL schedule potentially looking quite different to the usual format, his versatility and ability to create chances in a range of conditions will be very important for us.”

The Heat also have England’s Tom Banton in their squad and teams will be allowed to field three overseas players in their XIs for the next two seasons. The schedule for the BBL has yet to be confirmed but is expected to be announced shortly after the Australia-India dates are rubberstamped.

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New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry a doubt for West Indies series after injuring his right thumb



New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry has broken his thumb while training with his domestic side Canterbury in the Plunket Shield. Henry was hit on his right thumb while batting in the nets, and the injury has put him in doubt for New Zealand’s upcoming home season.

“Matt was unfortunately struck on the tip of the right thumb while batting in the nets,” Canterbury physio Tim Dovbysh said. “Matt got an X-ray [done] immediately after training which confirmed the fracture.”

Dovbysh said Henry would require about four to six weeks to be full fit, meaning he is likely to miss the first game of the home series against West Indies – the T20I at Eden Park on November 27. New Zealand are currently scheduled to play West Indies in three T20Is and two Tests, before hosting Pakistan for the same number of matches in December.

This January, Henry had also injured his left thumb during the opening day of the Sydney Test against Australia.

Henry has added to New Zealand’s injury concerns ahead of the home season, with their captain Kane Williamson also currently recovering from an adductor injury he picked up in the IPL.

Williamson last played for his side Sunrisers Hyderabad on October 13, having missed three game since, something which former New Zealand fast bowler Danny Morrison has put down to the excessive cricket played these days. Speaking to Newstalk ZB, Morrison said, “I just wonder whether, in terms of the amount of cricket these guys play these days, toing and froing in all the different genres of it… I’m not surprised it’s taking its toll.”

“Kane… plays all formats. So, when I look at that, something’s got to give. At the moment, I think he’s still very sore and very tight.”

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Sheffield Shield 2020-21 – Cameron Green set to return to bowling crease for Western Australia



Western Australia allrounder Cameron Green is hopeful of making his long-awaited return to bowling in Friday’s Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania.

Green, 21, has not bowled in either a domestic or club fixture since November 2019 due to lower back concerns. He has had multiple stress fractures in his lower back dating back to junior cricket and the WACA have been ultra-conservative with him since his most recent fracture late last year.

He has been bowling over the winter and has been making some technical changes with WA bowling coach Matt Mason and he is hopeful of finally bowling in a game this week.

“I’m having a bowl today,” Green told RSN Radio. “I’m having a couple more sessions before game day. Hopefully maybe a couple of overs this game but if that doesn’t happen, hopefully, the game after. But it will only be a handful of overs I would say.”

Green has two five-wicket hauls in Sheffield Shield cricket and both have come against Tasmania, including 5 for 24 on debut as a 17-year-old.

But since being unable to bowl, Green has established himself as one of the best batsmen in the Sheffield Shield scoring 929 runs at 84.45 in nine games including four centuries.

His career-best 197 against New South Wales last week has put him firmly in the Test selection frame but Green is determined to keep his head down.

“I’m going okay,” he said. “I haven’t really gone through a bad patch since I scored my first hundred so I’m just going with the wave and going with the flow of doing well and for some reason, it’s just paying off at the moment but I’m trying to keep a level head.

“Cricket doesn’t owe you anything. As soon as you think you’re better than you are, it catches up to you. I’m just trying to keep a level head.”

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