New Delhi: Suspense looms over the first qualifier match which will see Chennai Super Kings Against Delhi Capitals, which will go down today at 7:30 pm at the Dubai International Stadium. Out of five games that the Chennai Super Kings have lost in the league phase, two of them were against the Delhi Capitals. Head to head, CSK has it all. MS Dhoni and his men have won 15 ties out of 25, while ten matches went to the Delhi Capitals. However, this year has been for Delhi all along. In the first leg in the middle-east, Delhi beat CSK by seven wickets, while the second league phase match saw Rishab Pant and his team dismiss the three times IPL champions by three wickets.
Will Dhoni opt to bat second? Is it an advantage to chase in the play-off stages? Big teams always take the equation out of the toss, and it is how it works. Doing well also means going with the flow. The CSK team has lost quite a few matches towards the end of the league stage. Three of them came against Delhi, Rajasthan Royals, and Punjab Kings in recent days. So, not many would trust them to sail through to the final by beating Delhi in the first qualifier.
You never know what Dhoni has up his sleeves. The two sides have two different sorts of strengths. If CSK can boast about their batting, Delhi has been the most consistent side in terms of bowling. In a way, the Sunday blockbuster is all about CSK batting versus Delhi bowling. The Delhi team would also be aware of CSK’s experience in play-offs.
Interestingly, both the teams are playing the first qualifier after losing their last league matches — CSK had lost to Punjab Kings while Delhi had to bite the dust against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Combined XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Rishab Pant, Fat du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur