Delhi will bat first in their first home game of the season
Delhi will bat first in their first home game of the season

Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to bat first against MS Dhoni-led Chennai at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Match 5 of the Indian T20 League.

Iyer says they are looking to set a target of over 180, while Dhoni says he would have opted to bowl first. Delhi have made one change with Amit Mishra coming in place for Trent Boult while Chennai are unchanged.

Teams

Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma

Chennai: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

PREVIEW

Delhi’s thumping 37-win against Mumbai in their season opener coupled with Chennai’s crushing seven-wicket victory against Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium has raised the stakes of Match 5 of the Indian T20 League at Feroz Shah Kotla where Delhi host the defending champions on Tuesday. (ALSO READ: Opening weekend recap: Pant and Russell sizzle, Bangalore fizzle)

For Delhi, it was a rollicking start as they performed with both bat and ball at the Wankhede on Sunday. While the top order showed tremendous grit and determination with Shikhar Dhawan and Colin Ingram sticking it early on, Rishabh Pant showed what he’s capable of tonking seven sixes in his whirlwind 78* that came in just 28 deliveries.

MS Dhoni was right on the money as far as his decisions in the tournament opener was concerned playing the extra spinner in Harbhajan Singh, who turned out to be the game-changer in the low-scoring match. (WATCH: Rishabh Pant powers Delhi to hat-trick of wins over Mumbai)

It will be an interesting battle between Delhi’s famed batting line-up and Chennai bowlers. While the Chepauk was a haven for spinner, the Kotla is expected to be batting-friendly which will mean that Dhoni will have to choose if he wants to go in with the extra spinner or whether he wants to beef up the batting order.

With both teams beginning with wins under the belt, which one will gain the early momentum at the Kotla? An exciting contest awaits!