Mumbai Indians battle Chennai Super Kings for a spot in finals!
Our Prediction is Chennai Super Kings to win!
Reigning Champions Chennai Super Kings will be looking to seal their place in the finals when they take on Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 game of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Chennai on Tuesday.
MS Dhoni and co. will be focused to bring their A-game to the table in a bid to qualify for the finals of the competition. Chennai Super Kings have played excellent cricket so far this season and will be looking to deliver a clinical performance in this game.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians notched up two back-to-back victories in the competition to seal their place in the playoffs. Three-time Champions is certainly peaking at the right time and will be looking to upstage Chennai in this contest.
Three-time Champions will be looking to produce their best game with bat and ball against Chennai Super Kings. Rohit Sharma and co. registered back-to-back victories in the competition and will be keen to upstage Chennai in this game in order to seal their place in the finals.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, and Suryakumar Yadav to deliver runs with the bat at the top of the innings. Wicket-keeper batsman has shown excellent form for Mumbai so far this season and scored 492 runs in 14 matches. In the previous game, de Kock smashed a quick-fire 30 off 23 balls to help Mumbai get off to a good start in the chase.
Captain Rohit Sharma found form with the bat in the previous game and scored a crucial half-century to see Mumbai canter to a comfortable win. He scored 55 off 48 balls with the help of eight boundaries. He was well supported by Suryakumar Yadav, who chipped in with unbeaten 46 off 27 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya has shown excellent form for Mumbai so far in this competition. He has scored 373 runs in 14 matches at an average of 46.62. Pandya has contributed well with the ball for Mumbai. He has taken 14 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 26.71.
Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya have also been in decent form for the side in this year’s tournament.
In the bowling department, the side will be looking towards Jaspreet Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and Hardik Pandya to pick up wickets with the new-ball. Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya are the prominent spin options for Mumbai in this game.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClengahan, Rahul Chahar
Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav, J Yadav
MS Dhoni led-unit will lock horns with Mumbai Indians in this first knockout game of the competition. Reigning Champions certainly have an advantage going into this game as they are playing in their home conditions.
Earlier this season, Chennai Super Kings lost both their games played against Mumbai Indians. The side will be looking to break their winless streak against Mumbai Indians in this game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the in-form Captain MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, and Suresh Raina to do the bulk of the scoring. Faf du Plessis has been a consistent performer for Chennai at the top of the innings. He played exceedingly well in the previous game and scored 96 off 55 balls with the help of ten fours and four sixes. Du Plessis currently has scored 314 runs in 9 innings at an average of 39.25.
Suresh Raina has looked in good touch with the bat and notched up yet another half-century against Kings XI Punjab. He scored 53 off 38 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes to help Chennai post 170 for 5 in 20 overs.
Captain MS Dhoni has been a standout performer for Chennai in the batting department so far in this year’s competition. He has topped the batting charts for the side so far this season with 368 runs in 12 matches at an average of 122.66.
Ambati Rayudu, Kedhar Jadhav and Dwayne Bravo have chipped in with crucial performances with the bat in this year’s tournament. The batting trio will need to deliver in this all-important clash against Mumbai Indians.
In the bowling department, Deepak Chahar has done an outstanding with the new-ball for Chennai and claimed 16 wickets at an average of 24.87. The side will be relying on the spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, and Ravindra Jadeja to create pressure on Mumbai’s star-studded batting lineup.
MS Dhoni (captain & wk), Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar
Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni
The pitch at MA Chidambaram is expected to be a good one for batting and also provide some assistance to the spin bowlers. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is expected to be partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chennai Super Kings will be looking to win this game and qualify for the finals of the competition. Mumbai Indians will take heart from the fact that they have an excellent head-to-head against Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a decent total. Spinners will extract some spin and turn from this sluggish surface. Chasing will be the most preferred choice for both the teams.
Based on current form, Chennai Super Kings will be fancy their chances of doing well in this game. The side has a better bowling attack in comparison with Mumbai Indians. MS Dhoni will need to lead from the front and deliver something special with the bat in this game.
Expect Chennai Super Kings to register a narrow win over Mumbai Indians.
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