We are into the business end of the tournament and the four teams which have made it big are Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The top two at the ladder – Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings – square off in the Qualifier 1 of IPL 2019 at Chepauk on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians started their campaign in their usual manner, slow and steady and on full-throttle at the end. After the first few games, nobody could have thought they would finish at the head of the points table. Such has been the form and charge of MI lately.
Chennai Super Kings are the default playoff team and were the first to book playoffs berth. However, there have been some concerns over individual players and recent track record. Again, they have the talismanic leader in MS Dhoni who never fails to produce magic.
MI vs CSK, Indian Premier League Qualifier 1
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
7th May 2019, 07:30 PM IST
Chepauk has been kind to the slow bowlers and batsmen could face trouble scoring here.
Average first innings score: 163
Average second innings score: 148
Highest total recorded: 246/5 (20 Ov) by CSK vs RR
Lowest total recorded: 70/10 (17.1 Ov) by RCB vs CSK
CSK: L W L W L
MI: L W L W W
Mumbai Indians are likely to persist with Rahul Chahar who didn’t bowl much in the last encounter. However, there is a chance of MI adding another spinner (Anukul Roy) on a surface known to offer plenty to the spinners.
Chennai Super Kings are the most consistent with their team selections. Going by Dhoni’s way, CSK are unlikely to make any changes here despite concerns over the form of a few players.
Chennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar
Mumbai Indians: Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar
#1: The home advantage
The Chennai Super Kings are yet to be defeated this season at home. They have a 1005 winning rate at the Chepauk and will look to continue the same.
Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Imran Tahir
Captain/Vice-captain: Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis
#2: Chepauk’s spin-friendly surface
A team which will mainly focus on the spin strength of both these sides.
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Captain/Vice-captain: Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh
#3: Mumbai’s game
It could be a game where Mumbai dominates. Here’s a team with more MI players
Wicket-keeper: Q de Kock
Batsmen: Suryakumar Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: Lasith Malinga, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
Captain/Vice-captain here: Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah