Delhi Capitals have arguably been the sturdiest unit in the IPL the past few seasons. No matter where the tournament gets staged and what the conditions are, you can be sure that the Capitals won’t be hiding behind excuses, and come the playoffs, they will be among the contenders.
They are up against a tough side in Chennai here but their record in Dubai is good and they’ve done the league double over the MS Dhon-led side this year, which means their confidence should be sky-high tomorrow.
Both their wins over Chennai came via a run chase and, therefore, the Capitals will once again be hoping to bat second. The dew also becomes a factor on the Dubai wicket, which will further push both sides to invite the other team to bat first.
Delhi have not been using their full quota of overseas players of late. The good news for them is that their Australian import, Marcus Stoinis, who had been nursing an injury, is almost all healed up now and can replace Ripal Patel if given the nod.
Chennai Super Kings
If Delhi Capitals have found their newfound identity as a consistent team, Chennai Super Kings were born with that trait.
The Super Kings are the IPL’s perennial contenders and so it’s no surprise that they will once again have two shots at the final this year.
Their philosophy, this year, has been to go for the kill from the get-go. Their attack-heavy strategy paid dividends and they were the first side to qualify for the playoffs this year, although their top spot was prised away by Delhi later. That was after they took their foot off the gas and ended up losing the final three matches of the round-robin stage.
With Sam Curran out of the rest of the IPL due to a lower-back injury, Dwayne Bravo is expected to take his place. They will have to make a tough choice between Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa for a middle-order spot.