Both teams want to do the unprecedented. Chennai have made it to every semi-final of the IPL since the tournament started, but have yet to lift the coveted trophy, while the Deccan Chargers will be the only team to play in consecutive finals should they advance that far. Before either side can even think of venturing where they have never tread before, they have to overcome the immediate hurdle that lies before them - the semi-final.
Deccan are coming off a superb run, winning their last five matches in the tournament and with momentum proving to be such a factor, could well hold the advantage. On paper though, they have the weaker side. They'll need the bowlers to be on fire against a Chennai side that's batting heavy. Chaminda Vaas should be retained, although the Chargers management may be tempted to bring back Ryan Harris.
Vaas had a stunning start to the tournament, he is a proven wicket taker and he is economical. While Harris was the star of one of Deccan's victories over Chennai he may be left out purely because Vaas is the more responsible choice under the circumstances. Pragyan Ojha is the other bowling trump card. The purple cap holder has taken wickets no matter when he has bowled in the innings. He has tricked batsmen with his subtle variations and superb control and could well be the difference between the two sides on semi-final night.Image:Deccan Chargers looking a good unit after entering into the semi-final.