The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) failed miserably against the Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 and will get a second chance to redeem themselves when they play the Delhi Capitals on May 10 in Qualifier 2.
The Delhi Capitals made it to Qualifier 2 after pulling of a great victory in their Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Capitals won the game with a ball to spare after young R Pant played a brilliant innings to take the game away from the Sunrisers.
What CSK Must Do To Win
CSK has lost their last three games and another loss will see the defending champions eliminated from the 2019 IPL. The batting has been their biggest weakness right throughout the tournament and CSK should think about making some changes, although captain MS Dhoni does not like to tinker with his team.
Shane Watson has been given way too many opportunities and he has failed in most of them. MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming should think about dropping Watson and opening the batting with Faf Du Plessis and M Vijay. They can replace Watson with S Billings or M Santner.
CSK will need to take a few risks with the batting order and look at using someone like D Bravo or R Jadeja higher up the order to push the innings along.
Their bowling is what has kept them in this competition and they will need their spinners to once again fire in Vishakapatanam.
What Delhi Must Do To Win
Delhi have done well throughout this tournament because their domestic players have fired. This is a big plus going into Qualifier 2 because the domestic players are used to the conditions and are also in form.
P Shaw and R Pant had a great game against the Sunrisers. They must continue their form against CSK as both batsman have the ability to take the game away. S Dhawan and S Iyer failed against the Sunrisers and they will look to make up for that in Qualifier 2.
The Capitals have a strong bowling line-up and they will have to maintain their consistency and not let any of the CSK batsmen cut loose. I Sharma, A Mishra and A Patel will have to bowl tight spells and limit CSK to 160 if they want to win.
Even though CSK has lost three games in a row, they should have a slight edge going to Qualifier 2 because of their experience in playing crunch games at the IPL.