With Delhi Capitals happy to play in the play-offs, they could try Ajinkya Rahane and Sam Billings at the top. Rahane has not played a single game in the IPL this season and the team can try to support the most experienced batsman to get some runs behind him.
Chennai can watch Dwayne Bravo return for CSK’s final game and get the Lungi Ngidi game.
Capitals of Delhi:
Delhi Capitals has the luxury of experimenting with its top order as the team is almost certain to be in the play-offs. Ajinkya Rahane can be considered for Shikhar Dhawan or Prithvi Shah. Rahane has had a string of poor performances in England for the Indian Test team, but his white ball performance has been good for the Delhi Capitals. The team could also try Sam Billings, who warms up the bench.
Before the playoffs the team can manage the workload of its pacers and give breaks between Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. The Delhi Capitals already have Indian pacers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.
Delhi Capitals (Opportunity): Sam Billings, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Akshar Patel, Shimran Hetimar, R Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Umesh Yadav, Kagiso Rabada / Anrich Nortje.
Chennai Super Kings:
Ruturaj Gaikwad alone held CSK’s top order on his shoulders. However, there are some concerns in the middle order that their ace Suresh Raina is completely out of form throughout the season. However, Dhoni always supports his players when they are frustrated.
Despite losing to Rajasthan Royals in the last game, CSK can see some changes ahead of the last league game against Delhi Capitals.
Dwayne Bravo could replace Sam Curran. The team could also try Lungi Engidi, who replaces Josh Hazelwood.
CSK Opportunity: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Moin Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, De Bravo, L Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif.