DC finished at the top of the table after the league stage with 20 points while CSK finished second with 18 points pipping RCB, who also had the same number of points, due to a better net run rate.
Rishabh Pant’s side is coming off a last-ball loss to RCB. CSK have endured even worse time in the past week, having lost their last three games. MS Dhoni’s team, however, have immense experience of playing in the playoffs and are expected to bring their best in the crucial encounter.
On the head-to-head front, CSK have registered 15 victories over Delhi while DC have won 10 matches against the Yellow Army.
The fact that Delhi have defeated Chennai twice in the league stage this season will give them plenty of confidence coming into Qualifier 1, the winner of which will book a place in the final, while the losing side will have another shot at the final in Qualifier 2 against the winner of Eliminator between RCB and KKR.
IPL 2021: Qualifier 1, Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings – Toss Report
Chennai Super Kings win the toss and elect to field first against table-toppers Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 1. Chennai Super Kings field the same playing XI from their last match, while Delhi Capitals have brought in Tom Curran in place of Ripal Patel.
IPL 2021: Qualifier 1, Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings – Playing XI Details:
Delhi Capitals Playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (C,Wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Curran, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Chennai Super Kings Playing XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C,WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood