Having run into each other early in the season, the paths of both Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have been contrasting. Delhi have double the points (12) that Chennai has in as many games (8) and are eyeing a spot in the play-offs, which Chennai is in danger of missing out if they continue to slip further.
Delhi managed to scrape a victory through against Rajasthan Royals but not a lot has changed for them from that win. The positives of the bowling attack being exceptional and Shikhar Dhawan upping his game apart, a lot of their problems that existed before the start of that game still remain. And all of them focus towards their injury concerns which was only exacerbated by Shreyas Iyer injuring his shoulder mid-game. With no clarity on the availability of Rishabh Pant as well, the injury plague that haunts Delhi Capitals will be their biggest trial of the season.
Chennai, on the other hand, have come closer to correcting their combinations and tactics through the season. It helped them win an important clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad which saw almost all of their key players meeting expectations.
The challenge against Delhi will be how they manage the match-ups. Last time around, Delhi were able to get a couple of important ones in their favour like using Axar Patel in the powerplay to get Shane Watson. But a lot has changed since then.