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IPL 2018, DD V CSK: 5 player battles to look forward to

S Samaddar
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2.73K   //    18 May 2018, 16:27 IST

The Delhi Daredevils are out of the tournament and tonight they would be playing for pride in front of their home crowd against one of the top teams this season in Chennai Super Kings. The game is merely of academic interest but then again it might just prove to be the sort of occasion that helps DD in playing uninhibited cricket and put on across one of the favorites for winning this season’s IPL.

Needless to say, a strong finish to the campaign will also give this young DD team something to look forward to next season and give them the confidence of knowing that they can do it against the best. On the other hand, CSK would not want to drop any games as they try to confirm their spot within the top two.

The final result of the game is going to depend on some of the individual battles that will take place tonight and here is a look at 5 of the most important ones. 

#5 Prithvi Shaw v Lungi Ngidi

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw

The emergence of the talented Prithvi Shaw in this season’s of the IPL has been nothing short of brilliant and over the course of 7 games, he has managed to get DD off to brisk starts in almost every game. He is averaging 30.85 and has recorded a brilliant strike rate of 160. He is at home against both pace and spin and has enthusiastically attacked both in the Powerplays. However, tonight he will up against another prodigious talent in the form of CSK’s Lungi Ngidi.

The young South African can bowl at good pace and he can combine that with movement, accuracy, and intelligence. Hence, it will be interesting to see how the DD batsman handles him in the Powerplay overs and whether Ngidi can remove in early on to derail the home side’s batting early on. The battle between two young stars is something that is always a big deal and it is no different when it comes to tonight’s game. 

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