IPL’s most fiercest rivals, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians lock horns tonight in Chennai.
Chennai put an end to their 2 match losing streak as they beat SRH in their previous game. What surprised everyone was the way the track at the MA Chidambaram stadium behaved.
Having gotten over a week to prepare the 22 yards, the groundsmen laid out a high scoring wicket in contrast to the previous games that saw a slow wicket. Also the home side will be boosted by the fact that Shane Watson has finally returned to his best form.
With CSK already knowing what to expect from the pitch and with them having to do no traveling before the game, they’ll fancy their chances vs MI.
MI on the other hand will too relish these conditions as the likes of Pollard and Pandya look to make most of this batting paradise. CSK’s death bowling hasn’t been upto the mark despite licking wickets. This will mean that the likes of Pandya will look to inflict damage just like the way he did vs them in Mumbai.
Sam Billings has left home and will play no further part in the tournament. But CSK wouldn’t be hurt much as they pretty much maintained the same batting line-up each time. The side look to carry on with the same side that beat SRH.
Expected XI: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir.
MI might look to replace the services of Mayank Markande, who particularly hasn’t had a good outing so far. In case Ishan Kishan comes in for him, Cutting could make way for Jason Beherendroff.
Expected XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.