Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Delhi Capitals (DC) are taking on each other in the ongoing Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2021 game in Dubai. Both teams are trying their best to win the match in order to book their place in the finale of the league.
CSK skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first. Suresh Raina was not included in the playing XI as CSK went in with an unchanged side. Tom Curran was included in place of Ripal Patel as far as Delhi Capitals are concerned.
Here are the playing XIs:
CSK XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood
DC XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Tom Curran, Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Suresh Raina’s fans were not happy with his exclusion. Here is how they reacted.
No Raina 💔 pic.twitter.com/Vsezx6NQAa
— Rajendra Gamit (@Rajendr80286794) October 10, 2021
WTF is going on? 😭
Go well csk pic.twitter.com/9yARaHU4Ey
— BadCaptain.14 (@AshiqueDiljala) October 10, 2021
It's hurting more than anything💔
No Raina pic.twitter.com/Nhp2Oc75nJ
— Uday Ganji (@Im___Uday) October 10, 2021
First time in Ipl history..
CSK without Raina in playoffs💔 pic.twitter.com/MYkSU5CtKI
— Bhuvan Chari (@ChariBannu) October 10, 2021
*No Raina in the qualifier match and Uthappa playing*
CSK Fans right now : pic.twitter.com/rm1ixGvdLO
— Mr. Stark (@Mr_Stark_) October 10, 2021
Earlier, former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir stated that head-to-head records don’t matter in playoffs.
“Head to head records don’t matter in these qualifiers. The only thing that matters is that this is the playoffs. Each team is under the same amount of pressure. A couple of bad overs can break your chances of winning, so both CSK and DC will have an equal amount of pressure.”