After two months of the enthralling league stage, the Indian Premier League is set to begin their first playoff battle tomorrow. Chennai Super Kings will battle it out with the arch-rivals Mumbai Indians at the Chepauk stadium in order to clinch their berth in the finals. The defending champions would be hoping to avenge their previous two defeats against Mumbai while the visitors will be confident to make into the finals for the fifth time in their franchise history. We can expect another thrilling encounter when both these heavyweights will lock horns in the first qualifier.

Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent team in the IPL history, but their recent sloppy performances show they are starting to lose their poise. The hosts have to bat out of their skin if they want to dominate the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians. With match winners like Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Imran Tahir in their ranks, the reigning champions have the potential to retain their IPL title this season. Having lost their previous two encounters against Mumbai, CSK would be eyeing to land a counter punch in the upcoming clash.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have had a sensational campaign on the back on some scintillating performances. After a slow start, in the beginning, the Blue Army finished at the top spot in the league table with 18 points. Rohit Sharma has led his team from the front and Mumbai could well be on the cusp of winning their record fourth IPL crown. The visitors have the best opportunity to seal their berth for the finals when they collide with a familiar foe, Chennai Super Kings.

 

 

Match Details

 

Date: Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

 

 

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Total Matches 51
Matches won batting first 32
Matches won bowling first 19
Average 1st Inns scores 164
Average 2nd Inns scores 151
Highest total recorded 246/5 (20 Ov) by CSK vs RR
Lowest total recorded 70/10 (17.1 Ov) by RCB vs CSK
Highest score chased 208/5 (20 Ov) by CSK vs RCB
Lowest score defended 151/7 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR

 

Head-to-Head record

 

Total: 28

CSK: 12

MI: 16

 

Head-to-Head at Chennai

 

Total: 07

CSK: 02

MI: 05

 

Team News

 

Chennai Super Kings

  • Dhruv Shorey or Karn Sharma might feature in the starting lineup to replace the injured Kedar Jadhav.

Mumbai Indians

  • The visitors are likely to go ahead with an unchanged team.

Squads

 

Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Dar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Aditya Tare, Rahul Chahar, Beuran Hendricks and Jayant Yadav

 

Key players

 

Chennai Super Kings

  • Shane Watson
  • MS Dhoni
  • Imran Tahir 

Mumbai Indians

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Lasith Malinga

 

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.

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell Mclenaghan , Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah