The 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was postponed earlier amid Covid-19 pandemic is set to begin tonight in Dubai.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) is all set to take over upon the 2nd most successful franchise in IPL Chennai Super Kings (CSK). This southern derby rivalry has been termed as the El Classico of the Indian Premier League.
CSK is ranked number 2 in the points table with 5 wins in 7 matches while MI stands at 4th position with 4 wins in 7 matches so far.
When the last time these teams faced each other, Mumbai defeated Chennai with 4 wickets chasing a huge target of 219. Superkings will be looking forward to winning this match and equalizing the result this season.
Match Details : MI vs CSK
Date – 19 September 2021
Time – 7.30 PM IST
Venue – Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
The wicket of Dubai has always favoured both batsman and bowlers. It’s usually a good track to bat on with more help for pacers and negligible help for spinners.
With hot & humid temperature in Dubai and no chance of rain, there is not much significance of toss. Either you bat first or you bowl first the pitch behaves the same.
Chennai Super Kings – There is doubt on the availability of Sam Curran as he is currently under the mandatory quarantine. There is a little bit of doubt on Faf’s availability due to groin injury.
Mumbai Indians – They will be playing their strongest 11 in the match, everyone is fit and fine.
Head to Head records
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have faced each other a total of 31 times in IPL, out of which 19 matches were won by Mumbai Indians and 12 by Super Kings.
Mumbai is the only IPL team which holds better head to head records against Chennai Super Kings.
Predicted 11 of both teams
In the last match they both played, with the help of 87-run knock of Pollard, MI won the match with 4 wickets remaining. They will be playing their strongest lineup to get a good start to the campaign.
Rohit – De Kock likely to open and Surakumar Yadav at 3 has been amazing for them, Ishan Kishan at 4, Pollard at 5, Hardik and Krunal at 6, 7 respect should be the batting order.
Playing 11 – De Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), SuryaKumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Chennai Super Kings
As there is doubt on Sam so he may not play this match. Faf has been in dream run in IPL 2021 first half so he will be a great asset for CSK in UAE.
Moeen as a floater has been great for CSK. So he will also play a vital role. In the previous MI vs CSK match, Rayudu scored 72 (27). Unfortunately the knock went in vain.
Playing 11 – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, DJ Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood.
Top 3 Fantasy Picks
Faf Du Plessis – He has been the best batsman for CSK since 2020. Last time when CSK played in UAE he scored 449 runs with 40.81 average and a brilliant strike rate of 140. He is also the 3rd highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 so far.
Suryakumar Yadav – He is the best batsman for MI since IPL 2018. He has scored most runs for MI since then. So he will be a great pick for Real11 team due to his consistency.
Moeen Ali – He has played a vital role with both bat & ball in the success of CSK in the first half. He has scored 206 runs with 157 strike rate and took 5 wickets with a good economy of 6.16.
Suggested Playing 11 – Option 1 for MI vs CSK Real11 Fantasy Cricket
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kieron Pollard, Moeen Ali (vc), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar
Suggested Playing 11 – Option 2 for MI vs CSK Real11 Fantasy Cricket
Quinton de Kock (C), Faf Du Plessis, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kieron Pollard, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar
Disclaimer: The teams given above involve analysis and instinct of the writer. You can go with the above options. Otherwise, make your fantasy XI based on the understanding, keeping our tips in mind.