Just one win needed

This Chennai Super Kings side - which is one win away from a spot in the playoffs - functions at a very high level because of a stable first XI with clear role definitions.

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Faf du Plessis is the aggressor. And while he takes care of the run-rate, Ruturaj Gaikwad can simply play to his best tempo.

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Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu are perfect as No. 3 and 4 because of their natural ability to attack spin bowling.

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It is thanks to their efforts that Super Kings have been the quickest scoring team (9.05) in the middle overs (7-16) this season.

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Then comes Ravindra Jadeja, whose batting and finishing ability has shot through the roof, so much so that he.....

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is basically carrying MS Dhoni, which is fair enough since MS Dhoni has carried this team for years.

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There. That's the CSK plan. And it never changes.

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And this plan looks solid enough to carry them into the finals, maybe adding the much-awaited No 4 IPL trophy to the franchise's name.

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