Marcus Stoinis may return for Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 against Chennai Super Kings today, but CSK will not change.
Batting: Delhi Capitals have been playing with three foreign players in the last few games and are likely to bring in all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Ripal Patel. In the first game of the UAE leg, the Aussie adjusted his hamstring and gave the team a chance to replace Patel. They also tried Lalit Yadav to replace Stoinis, but he could not get the chance.
If Stoinis does the playing XI, he gets the experience he performed on big occasions. The DC batting lineup is good on paper and there are players who can win games on their own. With openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithviraj Shah followed by Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimran Hetmire and Akshar Patel, there is depth in the team.
Bowling: No changes are likely to be made to the DC bowling lineup. Although Avesh Khan hit the last ball six in the previous game, the team will support him as he has excelled as a pacer this season. The team is likely to continue with their new ball bowlers Anrich Nortze and Kagiso Rabada. With Axar and Ravichandran next to Ashwin, the team also has a good spin attack.
CSK was able to find players who stood up when the team needed them. They are unlikely to recall Suresh Raina at this time of the tournament. The team has senior players but their record with the bat is not so impressive. MS Dhoni, their most trusted brand since the inception of the IPL, has had a strike rate of 95 this season. The team can change its batting line-up by sending Ravindra Jadeja in order to replace Robin Uthappa. With Dwayne Bravo reducing the lineup to another all-rounder, the team has a cushion to experiment with.
With moderate pacers like Josh Hazelwood, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Bravo, the team has a good combination. Spinners Jadeja and Moin Ali have a lot of experience.
Capitals of Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shah, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Captain & WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimran Hetmeyer, Akshar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Moin Ali, Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazelwood.