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Chennai: Matches 6 Won:5 Lost:1 Table Toppers

Mumbai: Matches Won:1 Lost:5 Table Toppers Bottoms up.



For CSK, it is another match. They can still proceed in tournament even if they loose. They have like for like replacement for any player in the side. They played couple of matches without Raina. FAF has been tried. They are playing with an inexperienced fast bowling department but still winning everything. They don’t need to change anything but still they have the luxury to believe in their strategies.

Probable XI:

Ambati Rayadu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MSD, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh/Karan Sharma, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar

Important Players:

Well, everyone here is an important player. Raina is however due for a pivotal knock. Ambati Rayudu, watson, and Dhoni are playing 5 years younger


Mumbai Indians:

Their starting XI is very good on paper. Infact the first four matches that they played could have gone any way. Hope they turn up well for tonights encounter.


Probable XI:

SuryaKumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McCleghanan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rehman


They rely heavily on the bowling department but it has turned out quite ordinarily till now. Bumrah has been out of form mostly or decoded, whichever way you might want to think and Rehman is in bits and pieces. So, Tonight might be the best day that they all turn out together.


Important Players: Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma


My View:

It’s important for Rohit to open. If he performs side has better chances of winning. If they are concerned about middle order they can drop lewis or pollard for duminy and let him take the mettle for middle order. It also gives them an extra spinning option. Kieron Pollard has been given enough life lines. Is there a reason for persist?

My XI:

SuryaKumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McCleghenan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rehman.

But i doubt they will go this way.

Dream XI:

Pick Watson, Rayudu and Raina

You have top 4 of the CSK batting and if that clicks you are covered. In bowling the death department of the bowling is handled by Thakur and Bravo and so Bravo is a good bet to get the representation of CSK bowling You have taken five and only 52.5 are left. For Mumbai take the all rounder left. In Krunal and Hardik which one would you take. I will pick Krunal only because of the intent he shows when he turns up for the side. Picking Deepak Chahar might give you an advantage if he performs because less people pick him.


In Mumbai batting, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav are the only consistent players and Krunal Pandya. But if they want to win Rohit needs to perform today. So Select Rohit Sharma and Surya Kumar Yadav, Selecting Ishan Kishan in place of Dhoni is also a sensible bet which i would take. They are covered.

In the last 8.5 you have the options of Mayank Markande, Shardul Thakur, Imran tahir, harbhajan. This pick i leave up to you because this is what differentiates the teams. I pick Mustafizur here because today Mumbai need to win and i back them they always find ways to spice up the things at this stage.

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