06 May 2019: MI vs CSK Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

06 May 2019: MI vs CSK Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

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Finally it’s time for the qualifiers of the Indian Premier League 2019 edition. For our first playoff, we will see the Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram stadium. The three time champions will aim to directly book a final passage after finishing in the top two. Chennai on the other hand are the firm favourites for this year’s IPL.  . So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai are in a joyous mood. Not only they qualified for the playoffs but they managed the top spot, hence securing two shots at the finals. MI however will look to book a place in the finals tomorrow only. MI has played well, especially their batting. Rohit Sharma and Quintin de Kock provide good opening partnerships. The form of Sharma was in question early on the IPL, but the hitman has bounced back for MI. The middle order with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya provided good backup for runs. Pandya in particular has been the most impressive of the lot, with his fiery batting prowess.

In the bowling ranks Mumbai have Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah. This duo is the best death over bowlers of IPL. Malinga and Bumrah have picked up wickets as well as have been stringent with the run flow. Pandya has proved quite nifty with the ball too. The all rounder’s bowling during the slog overs will be pivotal for Mumbai. The likes of Mitchell McClenaghan and Rahul Chahar will also need to be at their best in this match.

Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya are the main threats for the batting line up. Malinga and Bumrah will pivotal in the bowling. Pandya will be the key player for Mumbai in this match.

Predicted XI

Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai have reached the IPL playoffs a record nine times. Unquestionably the most consistent IPL team, CSK are looking to win the title a fourth time. Chennai are on a poor run though, having won just two of the past six matches. Dhoni has rescued the team more than once. The batting line up, though boasting big names still lack that spark. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis will again open the innings for CSK. Raina, Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav will need to be at their best. Captain cool MS Dhoni, has been the best of the CSK lot in terms of scoring.

The bowling of CSK has been a tad better than their batting. Veteran spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have been exceptionally good for CSK. What CSK lack though is the pace. Chahar and Bravo will be looking to be at their best against a deathly bowling unit of MI.

MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis will be key players in the batting. Harbhajan and Tahir will be key players in the bowling.

Predicted XI

Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir.

Prediction: Who’ll Win?

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    Two heavy weights lock horns in a tense encounter. Mumbai will be looking to book their place and CSK will bring on their full might. Expect, Mumbai to edge it out in an end to end match.

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