Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns against Mumbai Indians at Sharjah. Chennai Super Kings are at the bottom of the table at this moment and their chances for qualifying in the playoffs are almost fade. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has indicated in the post-match conference that there might be some changes in the side of Chennai Super Kings from the next matches.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s few words in the post-match conference have not impressed the cricket fans. According to the captain of CSK, the management has not seen enough sparks from the junior players in the squad. That’s why they have backed with the senior players throughout the first 10 matches of the tournament.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians will be coming into this match after the defeat against Kings XI Punjab after two super overs. Mumbai Indians are currently at the third position in the league table. They will surely wish to finish at the top two positions in the league table after the fine start of the tournament. That’s why this game will be immensely important for them.
The pitches at Sharjah have turned a bit in last few matches. However, the toss winning captain will be loving to chase down the score considering the small boundary size of the ground.
Head To Head Record:
Total Matches Played: 29
Chennai Super Kings Won: 12
Mumbai Indians Won: 17
Predicted Starting XI; Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians:
Chennai Super Kings:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Narayan Jagadessan, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazelwood, Imran Tahir.
Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, James Pattinson.
Chennai Super Kings:
Faf Du Plessis
Quinton De Kock
Captain And Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Choices: Faf Du Plessis, Quinton De Kock
Vice-Captain Choices: Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav
Probable Winner: Mumbai Indians
CSK might make quite a few changes in their starting XI in this match. Imran Tahir has not started a single match in this tournament. The purple cap holder of previous year’s tournament should get a chance in this match. One of the top order batsmen like Faf Du Plessis or Shane Watson should be benched in this match. Shane Watson is most likely to make way for Imran Tahir.
Ruturaj Gaikwad also should get his chance at the top order along with Jagadessan. Chennai Super Kings will have to build their team for the future. They have to understand that the strategy of backing 35+ years old players will not work anymore. Dwayne Bravo will miss the remainder of the tournament for CSK.
On the other hand, James Pattinson will come in the side in place of Nathan Coulter Nile. James Pattinson has bowled quite well in the first few matches and he deserves to get back his place in the side. It would be surprising if he doesn’t get picked once again.