IPL 2019 Qualifier 2, CSK vs DC: Stats reveal big worry for MS Dhoni and Co ahead of Delhi clash
CSK lost their Qualifier 1 match against Mumbai Indians while Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in Eliminator on Wednesday.Updated: May 10, 2019 08:07 IST
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings are one step away from securing a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final as they lock horns against high-flying Delhi Capitals in a blockbuster Qualifier 2 contest in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
CSK lost their Qualifier 1 match against Mumbai Indians while Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in Eliminator on Wednesday. The winner of this match will face MI in the title clash on Sunday.
Although CSK got the better of DC the last time these two sides met in the tournament, stats have now revealed that the three-time champions do have a chink in their armour. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra holds an impeccable record against the CSK batsmen and DC will look to make the most of it.
Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja have struggled against the wily Delhi spinner while talismanic CSK skipper MS Dhoni too has been kept quiet by Mishra in the past.
Mishra has dismissed Watson five times in the IPL and the Australian has scored just 72 runs off 62 deliveries he has faced from the spinner. Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja have perished four times to Mishra while Rayudu has been dismissed by the leggie three times in the past.
As for Dhoni, he has been out to Mishra just once in the IPL before but his strike-rate drops down to 121.9 against the spinner as compared to his overall rate of 138.2. DC will look up to Mishra once more in their bid to reach their maiden IPL final.
Earlier in the season, Mishra became the first spinner in the history of the competition to reach 150 IPL wickets. But the stakes are higher now as he will be gunning for team and not personal glory against one of the most illustrious teams in the history of the competition.