IPL 2019 Qualifier 1, MI vs CSK Preview
After a month and a half of the enthralling league stage, IPL 2019 is set to enter the playoff stage today, May 7. A place in the VIVO IPL 2019 Final will be up for grabs when the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings clash in Qualifier 1. The match will begin at 07:30 PM IST. Chennai Super Kings will battle it out with the arch-rivals Mumbai Indians at the Chepauk stadium in order to clinch a berth in the finals. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the last league match on Sunday and climbed the top of IPL 2019 Points Table. The losing team will then take on the winner of the Eliminator, to be played between Delhi Capitals vs SunRisers Hyderabad, in the Qualifier 2 in Visakhapatnam on Friday, May 10.
The Mumbai Indians, who generally start slowly and play catch-up, have landed into the playoffs smoothly this season; after winning 9 matches from their 14 matches, they finished the league stage at the top of the table. The MI players must be full of confidence heading into this crucial stage in the competition, three of their last four wins have been by big margins, while the one other win was a thriller which MI concluded in the Super Over. In the previous match, MI fielded a side which was close to their best side this season. They might have to tinker with that combination and will consider bringing in a third spinner to oblige to the conditions they will most likely encounter in this match.
The Chennai Super Kings became the first team to make through the playoff berth. The defending champions have lost a bit of momentum just recently; after winning seven of their first eight matches, the Super Kings have only muddle through two wins in six matches in the last three weeks. MS Dhoni's CSK is known to turn the balance of the game in their favour and Mumbai is aware of this. Dhoni remains the key player for CSK while Faf du Plessis would look to make a mark early with the bat. Shane Watson's performance will be a cause of concern for Chennai as the batsman has not been able to shine with the bat in this season. Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu will have to shoulder responsibility in the batting department. Dwayne Bravo has not been in good touch after he returned to the CSK playing 11 after injury. Kedar Jadhav is likely to miss the qualifier clash as he sustanined injury during the team's previous match against Kings XI Punjab. Chennai would look to fill the void with another all-rounder.
Date: Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Time: 7.30 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
League: Indian Premier League
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar
Head to Head in IPL
Overall: Matches – 26, Mumbai Indians – 15, Chennai Super Kings – 11.
Since 2015: Matches – 8, Mumbai Indians – 6, Chennai Super Kings – 2.
In knockouts / playoffs: Matches – 7, Mumbai Indians – 3, Chennai Super Kings – 4.
Probable playing XI
Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
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