Chennai Super Kings finished second on the points table, but lost the Qualifier 1 as Mumbai Indians raced away to a fine victory at Chepauk. They are coming into this game after two consecutive defeats, and they will want to set things straight as they aim for their eighth IPL final appearance. Delhi on the other hand finished in the top-four for the first time since 2012, and won their first play-off game when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a close game at Vizag last time around in the Eliminator.
They will be high on confidence after winning five of their last six games, and though they tend to lose the plot in pressure moments, the young team has plenty of promise and they will want to upstage CSK on a good batting track.
Delhi played the last game against SRH here, while CSK will play the first game at the venue this season. Adjusting to a new pitch in a crunch game might be a task, but the experienced players in the CSK unit have what it takes. They are the defending champions and are led by one of the best captains from India, while DC have shown they are capable of struggling in nervy situations. Hence, it is CSK's ability to remain calm under pressure that sees them as favourites.
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni (9.5 credits)
Though Pant is in fine form in the IPL 2019 as well, opting for Dhoni is a safer option.