The two teams have already qualified for the playoffs.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be keen to get back to reclaim the top spot when they face current table-toppers Delhi Capitals (DC) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 1.
CSK went down rather tamely to Mumbai Indians (MI) in their previous game, which saw their net run-rate falling. Now with just two games left in the league stage, CSK will look to roar back with victories to seal a spot in the top two and get the home comfort in Qualifier 1.
Without his inspiring presence, CSK's batting collapsed against MI and they lost the game by 46 runs to surrender their position at the top of the points table to Delhi.
With 16 points from 12 games, CSK will be hoping that their talismanic captain recovers from the bout of fever, which forced him to sit out the MI fixture, and be ready to feature in the last home match of the league phase.
Also, the home team will be expecting influential all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to be back in the mix too.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, would be high on confidence having posted four wins in their last five matches.
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.
It will be fascinating to see how the league's top wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada does on CSK's home turf, traditionally known to offer help to slow bowlers.
CSK's bowling department, led by Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh, could prove quite a handful for Dhawan & Co. and how they cope with that would determine the game's outcome, as would the Delhi tweakers performance.
Timing – 8 pm
Venue – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Where to watch – Star Sports 1/1HD/1 Hindi/1HD Hindi/1 Tamil/1 Telugu/1 Kannada/1 Bangla/Select 1/Select 1HD. Online viewers can catch the action live on Hotstar
Head to Head
The two teams have met on 19 occasions. CSK have notched wins 13 times while DC have emerged winners on 6 other occasions.
In the reverse fixture played earlier this year at Delhi, CSK defeated DC by 6 wickets. Batting first, Delhi posted 147/6 in 20 overs thanks to Shikhar Dhawan's 51. In reply Shane Watson hit a blistering 44 and Suresh Raina hit a quickfire 30 as the men in Yellow chased the total down in 19.4 overs.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja should be fit for this contest. DC are not suffering any injury crisis. All foreign players on either side are available for selection.
With the top spot on the points table up for grab, this match promises to be a fiercely contested one. Both sides are well balanced and it is difficult to predict a winner in this one.
Betting Odds (bet365)
Delhi Capitals: 6/5
Chennai Super Kings:4/6
Other popular bets on the match can be checked on Oddschecker.
Pitch report: The pitch at MA Chidambaram has been on slower side this season. The pitch assists spin bowlers. Expect low scores on this pitch.
Moneycontrol Dream XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir,Kagiso Rabada, Deepak Chahar, Amith Mishra
Players to watch out for
MS Dhoni (CSK)
Dhoni has been in fine nick with the bat this season. He has scored 314 runs at a stunning average of 104.66.
Kagiso Rabada (DC)
The South African pace sensation has been in sublime form with the white ball this campaign. In just 12 matches Rabada has picked 25 wickets and is this season's leading wicket taker. In Rabada, DC posses a genuine match winner.
DC and CSK both have 16 points from 12 matches. But DC are placed first on the basis of superior NRR. DC enjoy an healthy NRR of +0.233 against CSK's -0.113. Check out the updated points table here.(with PTI inputs)The Great Diwali Discount!
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