The fight for top spot

Both of these sides might have already booked their place in the next phase of this seasons Indian Premier League, but there is still plenty to play for as the Delhi Capitals entertain the Chennai Super Kings in Match 50 in Dubai. Both teams have been exceptional since the restart of the IPL, but they will be hoping that they continue their good form in to the final stages of the tournament.

A low scoring win

There has been a surprising amount of low scoring games since the resumption of the IPL, and that was the case in the Delhi Capitals last match against the Mumbai Indians, with the Delhi side getting over the line with four wickets left in the final over. The win all but guarantees the Capitals a space in the top two, as their superior net run rate means a point from their final two matches will be enough.

Avesh Khan again shown his class with the ball, taking 3-15 from his four overs with a very tidy 16 dot balls. Axar Patel also reminded the Indian selectors what they are missing out on, claiming figures of 3-21 as the reigning champions were held to 129-8.

The Capitals lost regular wickets as they were restricted to 30-3, but the ever classy Shreyas Iyer (33*) steadied the ship and calmly guided his team over the line with five balls to spare. Still work to do for DC, but they will be confident going in to this one that they can book their place in the top two.

Expensive openers

It was an evening to forget for both Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood as they both ended their four over spells wicketless and going at over 13 runs per over. CSK would have been happy at the break, having put on 189, after a stunning 101* from Ruturaj Gaikwad. Ravi Jadeja played his usual handy role at the end of the innings, with an explosive 32* from 15 balls.

But the wheels fell off from the start of the reply, with the Royals openers putting on 77 runs, inside just six overs. None of the CSK bowlers were able to get a grip on the innings, and they went on to lose by seven wickets with 15 balls still left. They might be in a healthy position in the table, but the Super Kings won’t want to peak at the wrong time.

Match Tip

Ruturaj Gaikwad has looked in his usual splendid form, and he is coming in to this one in the best possible form.

This is why I am backing Ruturaj Gaikwad to hit a six in the game between the Delhi Capitals and the Chennai Super Kings at 1.83 with Betway.

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