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Will historical records have any bearing at all on the outcome of a new game? Unlikely.

CSK VS DC : QUALIFIER 1

But going just by the numbers at the playoff stages of the Indian Premier League point to a distinct favorite. Chennai Super Kings.

CSK VS DC : QUALIFIER 1

They have won 13 out of their 22 encounters in this stage of the IPL, including both times they faced Delhi Capitals.

CSK VS DC : QUALIFIER 1

But they come into the game on the back of three consecutive losses, including once to Delhi at the same venue. Should that be a worry? Maybe.

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If so, Delhi too sail in a not too dissimilar boat, coming into the game after suffering a heartbreaking final-ball loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same venue on Friday, October 8.

CSK VS DC : QUALIFIER 1

Whether these psychological factors play a role remains intangible. But the tangible ones offer an interesting study in contrasting methods of the top two sides of this season.

CSK VS DC : QUALIFIER 1

While Delhi have a good balance between their spinners and fast bowlers, CSK tilt towards their faster bowlers in their make-up of the final eleven.

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Delhi's main strength lies in the fact that any of their bowlers could bowl at different stages of the innings.

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While CSK's bowling offers a lot of variety within the gamut of fast bowling - swing, cutters, back of length - the core strength of their make-up lies in the way they've picked batting might all the way through the order.

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A simplified overview thus, possibly points towards the battles between Delhi's bowling against CSK's batting as the pivotal one in deciding who becomes the first finalist this year.