Dhoni-led CSK sit comfortably at the top of the points table, Rohit Sharma’s MI can’t afford to lose as it will adversely affect their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings would like to consolidate their position at the top when they take on an inconsistent Mumbai Indians on Friday.
South Africa vice-captain Quinton de Kock has been a brute force for MI at the top of the order. His wicket should be on CSK’s priority list. Not to forget the experience and just the presence of Lasith Malinga in the side.
CSK are on top of the IPL 2019 points table with 16 points whereas Mumbai Indians are at third with 12.
CSK will be relieved with Shane Watson’s return to form. Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo’s form are the other big ticks for CSK.
Dhoni’s men have been able to make the most of the home advantage, winning 5 out of the 5 matches at home while Rohit Sharma’s army hasn’t been as impressive, winning 3 of their 5 games at Wankhede.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, currently in third spot with 12 points from 10 games, are coming off a defeat against Rajasthan Royals and will be keen to keep themselves in the hunt for the playoffs.
Mumbai may give Jayant Yadav, the offspinning allrounder, a chance in the playing XI and accompany the duo of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya on the spinner-friendly conditions in Chennai.
MI is unlikely to tinker with the combination it had against the Rajasthan Royals. It will be wise to play both the leggies, Rahul Chahar and Mayank Markande, on the spin-friendly Chepauk strip.
today ipl match team players name
Chennai Super Kings : Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Mumbai Indians : Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ben Cutting, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.