Two teams that are likely to meet up at some stage in the playoffs, meet tomorrow night in what could even be a dress rehearsal of the final itself.
Both Delhi and Chennai reserved their playoffs berth a while ago and are almost guaranteed to finish top two as well, which would mean two shots at the final.
However, who finishes as the winner of the round-robin stage is yet to be decided, and for that, this match could be a handy tie-breakers.
Delhi head into this fixture on the back of a win, which was a return to winning ways for them as they had lost to Kolkata a match before. Their bounce back was against Mumbai Kings, which is always something to be proud of but Delhi will be concerned that they were stretched even when chasing only 130 against the five-time champions.
Chennai Super Kings
Unlike Delhi, Chennai Super Kings lost their last game, against Rajasthan Royals. It was their first defeat after a run of four straight wins.
What was surprising was that defeat came despite the Super Kings having amassed 189-4 batting first, courtesy of Ruturaj Gaikwad’s masterful 60-ball ton.
Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 21-ball 50 and Shivam Dube’s 64 made sure the Super Kings had a night to forget as their target was reached to inside 18 overs.
Usually, reliable Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood were super ordinary in the game, both conceding 55 and 54 runs respectively in their quota of four overs each. But then, it can happen to the best of them, and a one-off game cannot be the reason to press the panic button.