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Sit down for a table top showdown. Today in Dubai is the Delhi Capitals of Rishabh Pant against the Chennai Super Kings of MS Dhoni.
Faf breaks through in numerical advantage
After being struck on the glove by Avesh, du Plessis lines up a short ball from Axar, but ends up hitting it to the right of the deep midwicket, where Iyer, the only left fielder on the side of the leg, catches the hook. Gaikwad could have been put out with the second ball had he not reviewed the put out decision on the field. Faf apparently persuaded him to examine him, the tracking of the ball suggesting he may have slipped down the leg. Uthappa was propelled to third place ahead of Moeen.
Bowl of capitals; Ripal Patel, Uthappa in
No sign of versatile Marcus Stoinis yet – he’s missing his fourth game for the Capitals after injuring his calf – but salute Ripal Patel. There is no longer Steven Smith, which means the Capitals will only face three foreign players. Six days after his 26th birthday, Ripal made his debut in IPL. He’s an exciting mid-order hitter for Gujarat, with a T20 hit rate of 189.10. He was also part of the Gujarat squad which finished second in the last Vijay Hazare Trophy at 50. Robin Uthappa, meanwhile, will make his debut for CSK, replacing the Suresh Raina injured. DJ Bravo and Deepak Chahar return to CSK XI in place of Sam Curran and KM Asif.
Chennai Super Kings: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Robin Uthappa, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Delhi capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ripal Patel, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (capt and week) 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan
Confrontation at the top
Chennai Super Kings of MS Dhoni vs. Delhi Capitals of Rishabh Pant. Both teams have already qualified for the playoffs, and it’s a chance for them to consolidate a top-two spot, which will guarantee two shots for a place in the final. The Super Kings’ net run rate of 0.829 is by far the best of any team, and that should secure them a top-two spot if they hit 20 points. Capital’s net execution rate, however, is not as good as that of the Super Kings, but at 0.551 it is still much better than that of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. This means that 20 points should still be enough for them to finish in the top two.
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo