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After the loss at home against Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings will travel to Vizag to lock horns with Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier-2. The clash is going to be one scintillating affair, as both, the teams would fight tooth and Nail. The winner of the game would progress to the final of the tournament.
Unfortunately, nothing is going in favour of Chennai Super Kings from the last few games, ever since, MS Dhoni picked up a back injury. The injury of Kedar Jadhav at the wrong time has also hurt them while fielding has been their biggest villain right throughout the tournament.
Meanwhile, before heading into the game against Delhi Capitals, we figured out two tactical changes, which Chennai Super Kings could make for the Qualifier-2. With everything at stake, one might see Mahendra Singh Dhoni drawing plans for the crucial clash.
Here are the two tactical changes for Chennai Super Kings:
1. Murali Vijay should open by dropping Shane Watson:
The possible change could be the place of Shane Watson. It is quite evident that Shane Watson has lost his hitting capabilities a bit. He is finding it tough to get going against the new ball bowlers in the power play overs, which is making things look bleak for Chennai Super Kings.
Watson has been having a horrible time with the bat in the middle. In 15 matches, he had managed to score only 268 runs with 96 of them coming in a single game against SRH. He hardly crossed the powerplay overs in the tournament so far.
In a case of dropping down Shane Watson from the team, Chennai Super Kings could ask Murali Vijay to open the innings, who have been their regular opener back then. This could help MS Dhoni to get his batting lineup right and also have a bowler in his playing XI.
2. Mitchell Santner could get the nod:
One might see Mitchell Santner in the playing XI for Chennai Super Kings in the clash against Delhi. With the conditions in Vizag suiting the spinners, MS Dhoni could well bring in an extra-spinner into the playing XI to make things hard for DC batsmen.
In a case of dropping Shane Watson, MS Dhoni could well ask Mitchell Santner, who not only bowls a brilliant left-arm spin but also bats blazingly when it requires the most for the team.
If not Mitchell Santner, they might ask Karn Sharma to enter into the playing XI. If the pitch assists spinners, then Chennai Super Kings would certainly hold the key in the middle with the international players working in the job to spin a web around Delhi.