IPL 2019: Veteran Amit Mishra seems to have rediscovered himself in the ongoing IPL. In 10 matches he has 10 wickets in this season thus far but he has got those wickets at a crucial juncture of the match and that makes him an asset for the Capitals. Overall, Chennai Super Kings have a 14-6 record over Delhi Capitals, but if one looks a little deep into stats, one will realise Mishra is a big threat for CSK. Mishra has got the better of CSK opener Watson on five occasions. Just not that, he has dismissed Raina and Jadeja on four occasions. He has also got Rayudu thrice and that makes him a massive threat for the CSK. Another stat shows that Dhoni’s strike-rate against Mishra is less compared to his rate against other spinners.
Consider these facts:
– Mishra has dismissed Shane Watson five times in the IPL;
– Mishra has dismissed Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja four times;
– Mishra has dismissed Ambati Rayudu three times;
– MS Dhoni has struggled to score against Mishra, striking at 121.9 against the spinner as compared to his overall rate of 138.2.
Delhi will dearly hope Mishra comes good and powers the Capitals to the finals. It will not be easy against the defending champions who are an experienced unit under the leadership of Dhoni. Delhi Capitals’ best finish came in 2012 when they finished third.
Delhi Capitals, who have finally come together to play like ‘Daredevils’, will have to produce another special effort to beat the consistent Chennai Super Kings for the first time this season and make their maiden IPL final on Friday. It was CSK who denied Delhi a top-two spot in the league standings with a crushing 80-run win at Chepauk and the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side stands in their way again, only stakes are much higher in the Qualifier 2.