The seventh match of the tournament is going to be played at Dubai international stadium. Today is 25th and if we go by numerology 2+5 is also 7. Dhoni's birthday is also on 7th, are we looking for a Dhoni masterpiece?
Head to Head
Chennai Super Kings have dominated this rivalry winning 15 matches out of the 21 matches played so far.
Overall, CSK has won 71% of matches against DC, if we look at their last four meetings they have won all four of them.
This is the battle between the three-time champions (CSK) versus a team which has never reached IPL final.
Top Players in CSK & Delhi
MS Dhoni: Captain cool needs no interaction, a lightning-fast wicket-keeper and an exciting finisher. There is a buzz around that he should promote himself and play in upper middle-order it would be interesting to see if he promotes himself in this match.
A Rayudu: He literally defeated his former side single-handedly playing a stupendous knock of 71 against MI. He missed the match against RR because of a hamstring injury but there are chances that he might play today's match.
S Watson: Overall, he has looked scratchy this year with the bat but did show glimpses of his old self versus RR, it would be exciting to see how he performs today.
Faf du Plessis: He is the man in form and could be dangerous once again, he played as an anchor in the first match against MI and was very aggressive against RR. This speaks volumes about the calibre of the South African captain.
S Iyer: Scored 39 of 32 balls in the first match and would want to improve his strike rate to make an impact as a batsman.
M Stoinis: The MOM of the previous match performed well with the bat and ball and is the danger man for CSK.
R Pant: The battle between the best two Wicket Keepers of IPL MS Dhoni vs R Pant. Sanju Samson upped the ante against CSK in the previous game and was instrumental in RR's victory, can Pant do it for DC today?
K Rabada: Took four wickets in total versus KXIP; 2 in his first four overs and 2 in the super over. Ultimately, his spell in the super over helped DC win the match against KXIP.
Likely Playing 11
Other Players who can make impact
P Shaw: He is an attacking opening batsman who can score at a brisk pace and plays fearless cricket.
S Dhawan: The Indian opening batsman if fit and healthy can be very dangerous.
S Curran: In both the matches of CSK, he looked dangerous with the bat if he can stick around a little can change the course of the match.
S Lamichhane: This Nepalese cricketer could play in this match because of the injury to Ashwin. He is a talented Leg-spinner who could spring a surprise.
CSK won against MI in style but lost against RR unexpectedly, I believe they have the team to overcome DC in today's challenge. On the other hand, DC barely won against KXIP, they wouldn't get such an opportunity against CSK, they need to perform better in all departments to have a chance against CSK.