Sehwag is the home captain for the match because Delhi finished higher than Chennai in the league.
“It’s a knockout stage so every game is important,” Dhoni said after losing the toss. Dhoni also said he would have fielded as well.
Daredevils have made two changes as they left out Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan from the playing eleven. Andre Russell and Sunny Gupta took their place in the side. Gupta will make his IPL debut in the match.
Wounded Daredevils would be eager to draw inspiration from their own performances in the league stages for a spot in the final of the ongoing IPL 5.
Having topped the table with 11 wins out of 16 matches at the league stage, the Daredevils were humbled by Kolkata Knight Riders in the first qualifier in Pune on Tuesday.
The high-flying Daredevils failed to live up to their expectations with a string of mediocre performances in their previous game against KKR and Friday is their last chance to redeem their reputation of being the most consistent side of the IPL 5 so far.
On the other hand, defending champions Chennai, despite their ordinary performances in the league stages, peaked just at the right time. They recovered from an impossible situation to keep alive their chances of winning a hat-trick of titles.
With skipper Dhoni, who smashed a whirlwind 20-ball 51 against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday to help his team make the second qualifier, returning to form in style, the Daredevils might have to bring in some fresh game plan to arrest the marauding Chennai outfit.
While Chennai would be hoping for a similar performance, in what could be considered as a semifinal against the Daredevils on Friday, Sehwag’s men would be relying heavily on their batting.
The Super Kings, who bring out their best when they are pushed to the wall, are expected to come hard at the Daredevils.
Although as compared to the Daredevils, the Super Kings were far from impressive during the league stages with eight wins and a no result from 16 games, there collective performance has been good in the tournament so far.
With both the teams filled with power performers, the spectators can expect a keen battle on Friday.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati, Subramaniam Badrinath