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 27 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!

What: Match 5, Delhi vs Chennai

When: March 26 (Tuesday)

Where: Feroz Shah Kotla

Time: 8 pm (IST)

Weather: Sunny with a maximum high of 32 degrees Celsius

On TV: Star network (in India)

Live streaming: Hotstar

You can also follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry.com (Delhi vs Chennai: SCORECARD)

Teams

Delhi

Delhi will be quite content with the performance of their top four. However, Prithvi Shaw’s form could be a concern with the youngster departing for just 7 to a careless flash outside the off-stump. The Mumbai batsman has not been in the greatest form of late with scores of 3 and nought in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament not helping his cause. In the bowling department, Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada led the show with the spinner chipping in with vital wickets. Axar Patel’s figures could be a worry as he gave away 42 runs in his three overs, but picked up a crucial wicket of Hardik Pandya. With a win in their first game, Delhi will not tinker much with their playing XI and will go ahead with their same side for their first home match this season.

Probable XI: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Prithvi Shaw, 3. Shreyas Iyer (captain), 4. Colin Ingram, 5. Rishabh Pant, 6. Keemo Paul, 7. Axar Patel/Amit Mishra, 8. Rahul Tewatia, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Ishant Sharma

Chennai

With the Kotla expected to be batting friendly, but gets sluggish with each passage of play, Dhoni may think about strengthening his batting order which means Shardul Thakur, who did not get to bowl in Chennai, may make way for England batsman Sam Billings. Remember, Chennai did not field four foreigners in their tournament opener, but could do away with that strategy in Delhi.

Probable XI: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Ambati Rayudu, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. Ravindra Jadeja, 6. MS Dhoni (captain and wk), 7. Sam Billings, 8. Dwayne Bravo, 9. Deepak Chahar, 10. Harbhajan Singh, 11. Imran Tahir

Head-to-head

Matches: 18

Chennai win: 12

Delhi win: 6

Quotes

“In T20s, you have to do something different. When the bowler cramps you for room, you need to make your own room.” Rishabh Pant