|Match Date:||7th May, Tuesday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||44,000|
|Match Venue:||M Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk|
The Qualifier 1 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see the defending champions Chennai Super Kings fight it out against the table toppers Mumbai Indians at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. The game will see the rivalry between two of the competition’s most successful teams relived once again. While MI have won on both the occasions in the group stages, it will be interesting if CSK are capable of utilizing the home advantage.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL Playoff match:
|Key Players in form||CSK – Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh.
MI – Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, Lasith Malinga
|Weather Conditions||33 ℃, 77% Humidity, Winds up to 21 km/hr. Outside chances of rain.|
|Toss Advantage||Going by the pitch record, the team batting first has won in 32 games as compared to 19 through chasing.|
|Pitch Conditions||The Chepauk pitch has traditionally been a high-scoring surface. But this season, it has gotten on the little slower side with the spinners being the biggest winners. It goes without saying that the team that wins the toss will be looking forward to batting first and put a competitive total in favourable conditions.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 203
Highest Total (2018): 205/5 (CSK)
Last Match: CSK 170/5 | 173/4 KXIP
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 78 m|
|CSK – CSK received a major blow after veteran batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav was ruled out of the Qualifier against MI with a shoulder injury. Murali Vijay is expected to play in his place.
MI – Mumbai Indians don’t have any fresh injury concerns at the moment.
|Home Advantage||Chennai Super Kings|
|Head-to-Head||CSK 12 – 16 MI|
|Form||CSK – L W L W L
MI – L W L W W
Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
|Impact Player||MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya|
CSK vs MI Dream11 Prediction
Chennai Super Kings
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings started their title defence in style with a series of dominating performances. By halfway, they almost looked unassailable. However, chinks started to appear in their famed batting order once MS Dhoni was absent for a couple of games. A series of patchy games culminated with CSK losing their last league engagement against KXIP. It also meant that they had to abdicate their place at the top of the table to MI. Their troubles got exacerbated after seasoned all-rounder Kedar Jadhav suffered a shoulder injury, effectively ruling him out for the rest of the competition.
Nonetheless, CSK still remain one of the most formidable sides of the IPL. On their day, they can simply be unbeatable. Moreover, CSK will be happy about the fact that the crucial Qualifier will be held at their fortress in Chepauk. Chennai Super Kings have won all their games played here in the group stages – except for the one against Mumbai Indians.
In terms of performances, Skipper MS Dhoni has been a standout performer for CSK. The veteran wicket-keeper-batsman is the team’s highest run-getter at 368 runs from 12 matches which includes 3 fifties. Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina have performed impressively as well. However, more than batsman, it has been the bowler’s season out this year for CSK. Imran Tahir (21), Deepak Chahar (18), Ravindra Jadeja (13) and Harbhajan Singh (13) have been consistent wicket-takers for Chennai. Their powers have been further augmented by Chepauk’s dry and slow surface.
Mumbai Indians started the IPL 2019 campaign on the back foot., losing two of their opening three games. But then, once they had defeated Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede, there was no stopping to them. Their standout quality this season has to be their all-round performances. The openers, Quinton de Kock (492 runs) and skipper Rohit Sharma (382 runs) have been in good touch. Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard have proved to be an impressive support as well. Rahul Chahar (10 wickets) is undoubtedly the find of the season while Jasprit Bumrah (17 wickets) and Lasith Malinga (15 wickets) are carrying out their duties as usual.
However, it is Hardik Pandya who has had the best season of the lot this year. The 25-year-old has managed to score a whopping 380 runs in 14 games besides scalping 14 wickets. Boasting of a strike rate of 198.95, Pandya’s big hits towards the end of the innings have often been match-winners for MI. His form will be crucial on Tuesday.
This is certainly a difficult contest to predict, with two equally talented sides clashing. Although Chepauk has been CSK’s fortress for quite a long, their vulnerabilities in the batting departments (complicated by Kedar Jadhav’s injury) may play against them on the home ground’s slow pitch.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have proven to be better equipped to handle slow pitches. Their victories earlier at Chepauk, Hyderabad, and Kotla proves the point. They were victorious against CSK on both the occasions and have the momentum with them entering the game. We, thus, put our money on Mumbai Indians to win this contest.
#MI are peaking well. Key players are in form, they've had a wonderful last day in the league phase and there is a calmness around them.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 5, 2019
The pitch in the Chidambaram stadium has a slow and dry surface this season, evident from several low-scoring games that have happened thus far. Therefore, try to choose more bowlers with special focus on spinners. In the batting department, openers and lower-order batsman should be your choice.
CSK vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Imran Tahir.
CSK vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 2
MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Suryakumar Yadav, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Dwayne Bravo, Rahul Chahar, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar.