Head to Head:MI 13-11 CSK
MI vs CSK Preview
This is a matchup between one of the more balanced teams in the tournament against one of the most efficient teams (not hard to guess who’s who here). The tournament has so far seen CSK do what CSK does best, that is perfect the art of executing their plans and notching up consistent wins, while MI has done what MI does best which is starting slow yet again and still struggling to find that perfect recipe despite having an abundance of resources.
But despite all this, let’s face facts, MI is a team that CSK should fear especially because DeKock, Rohit, Yuvraj, Hardik, and Surya Kumar Yadav are all in good form. If either of them is able to go on and make that big one then it would be hard to restrict the flow of runs. CSK on their part is fraught with players for all conditions but will the pacers be able to keep a tab on a Rohit Sharma or a Quinton De Kock special? Maybe that is what the game could come down to.
There are two places where the team could be thinking about making the changes and one of them has to be Keiron Pollard. The big West Indian on his day can be as sensational as anyone with the bat but it has been a long time since he actually did that. Even in the previous game he wasted a lot of balls and just didn’t seem comfortable in the middle. With Ben Cutting in the squad, it does make sense to give him a go. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has found it hard to fit Mayank Markande in his bowling plans and if he really doesn’t fit in then maybe he could be either replaced or used in a better strategic way.
The player under the spotlight
Rohit Sharma would be really frustrated with how his IPL has gone so far. It’s not a case of him not being in form but rather a case of him not being able to carry on and score big. A player with the most double hundreds in ODIs and most hundreds in T20Is this is something that he’ll be really looking to rectify.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga
Chennai Super Kings
CSK is one well-oiled machine in the IPL and the team looks really dialed in doesn’t matter what the conditions are. They had some headaches in the game against Rajasthan but were able to overcome all that admirably. It’s very tough to find any weakness in that unit and they could literally walk into the ground with 2-3 different versions of their sides and still do well. We might see Harbhajan making a return to the side as two similar players in Jadeja and Santner seemed a bit redundant.
The player under the spotlight
Rayudu was really able to light up IPL last year with his performance but he’s been a bit off-color this time around. Opening the innings in what are supposed to be batsmen-friendly conditions should be an ideal opportunity to make a mark on this tournament.
Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur
It’s a belter of a track with the ball coming nicely on to the bat. It should be a high scoring encounter with the expected score in the region of 180-190.
IPL 2019 MI vs CSK Preview and Prediction
Although CSK has the momentum with them the conditions should play into the hands of the batsmen in Mumbai and little things like Yuvraj’s form against the spinners forces us to reckon that maybe it’s about time CSK faced their first defeat.
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