Chennai Super Kings is currently sitting on the top spot of the point table. They are looking to strengthen their spot by beating Mumbai Indians at MA Chidambaram Stadium. CSK has won all five matches in Chennai in this season, and MI is in the third position of the point table. Let’s see who will have a smile in Chennai at the end of the match.
Team performances till now
The defending champion Chennai Super Kings are going to host Mumbai Indian in Chennai in the 44th match of VIVO IPL 2019. CSK is topping the point table with 16 points which is also the cut-off point for the playoffs. They are looking for another couple of points to seal the top two spots of the point table to have two chances to reach the final. Currently, they have played 11 matches in this season, and they need only one win out of three matches to seal top two spots.
Mumbai Indians have played ten matches so far in this season. Currently, they have 12 points on the point table, and they are in the third position. They need two more wins out of remaining four matches to seal a spot in playoffs.
The blue caps have out clashed the yellow army by 37 runs at Wankhede in this season. As a result, CSK is looking for revenge at their home ground. CSK is also looking to maintain the unbeaten streak in their home ground. MI is also eager to have a win to release some pressure on rest matches. Let’s see who will out clash the other on Friday night.
CSK and MI Rivalry
In IPL history both sides have met 27 times with each other. Mumbai Indians have a clear edge with 15 wins over CSK. CSK has won 12 matches against MI. At Chepauk, they have met six times, and here also MI has the edge over CSK with four wins.
Players to watch
CSK side is a little bit relaxed after having a convincing win against SRH in Chennai. The good thing is that their opener Shane Watson seems to return in his good for. He has smashed 96 runs off 53 balls and led his side to register the eighth victory.
The skipper MS Dhoni is in super touch as he has scored 314 runs in ten innings with an impressive average of 104.66.
Although Faf du Plessis has failed to score high against SRH, He is in the super form to smash any opponents.
After returning from injury Dwayne Bravo may not be in good touch, but he can get back to his form at any moment as he is a very talented player.
At Chepauk, CSK will focus on spin bowling options. Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir will take care of their bowling attack.
On the other hand, MI has suffered a loss against Rajasthan Royals on its last match in Jaipur. Skipper Rohit Sharma is in very poor form. He has to step up anyhow to lead his team to the playoffs. The team is over-dependent on the opener Quinton de Kock, who has scored 378 runs in 10 matches.
Hardik Pandya is blasting many times at lower order batting. He is also very good with the ball.
The bowling attack is led by Jasprit Bumrah. Malinga is their wicket-taking bowler, but he is a little bit expensive sometimes. Rahul Chahar is their full-time spinner.
MI may look for some changes at Chepauk and may look for spin bowlers from their squad.
Dream 11 Prediction
Here are the playing 11 of both teams. You should check and make your Dream 11 team wisely.
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C,WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
VIVO IPL 2019 CSK vs MI
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar