its Clash of the two top teams of the IPL point table
Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals on the other hand have won four from their last five matches and look a much settled unit after slightly hot and cold start to their campaign.
Young Shreyas Iyer has done a good job of leading the team, which also has 16 points from 12 games, and has scored important runs.
He will be keen to put on some valuable runs on board against the formidable CSK and would also expect Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant to find ways to score on a sluggish Chepauk track.
They might run CSK close and might even beat them with the way the home team is playing in Dhoni’s absence.
The way the Chepauk track behaves, one needs the experience to score runs. Dhawan is well equipped to do that. He will have to hold one end up and let others bat around him.
MS Dhoni-less CSK lost their return leg against Mumbai Indians in their previous game at the Chepauk, their third in last four games and seem to be losing form at the wrong time.
Du Plessis likes to be in the thick of things more often. He failed in two outings before sitting out of the previous fixture due to illness. The Proteas skipper will be raring to play a defining knock with the playoffs approaching fast.
MS Dhoni continues to have the fitness issues and the team has not looked the same in their Thala’s absence.
CSK will look to roar back with victories to seal a spot in the top two and get the home comfort in Qualifier 1.
Also, the home team will be expecting influential all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to be back in the mix too.
Chennai Super Kings Probable XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina (C), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, N Jagadeesan (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
Delhi Capitals Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada.