CSK vs MI Playing 11: The runners-up Chennai Super Kings(CSK) will up next against Mumbai Indians(MI) in an El-Clasico of this season in Indian Premier League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. It could have been the biggest rivalry of this edition but with some strange results. MS Dhoni's CSK still has a mathematical chance of qualifying for the playoffs if they win all their remaining four matches, starting with the decisive encounter against MI in Sharjah tonight. We can see the first glimpse of the last seasons' leading wicket-taker, the South African mystery spinner - Imran Tahir. The playing 11, pitch report, squads for CSK vs MI Match 41 has been given below.
With a loss from here, MS Dhoni's CSK became the first team to eliminate from the Indian Premier League 2020 against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. So, it seems to be a must-watch epic thriller between these two most successful teams in IPL.
After giving opportunities to Narayan Jagadeesan and Ruturaj Gaikwad, that didn't click for CSK yet. So, we are hopeful for the first glimpse of last season's Purple Cap Holder - Imran Tahir for this biggest rivalry of the season.
For MI side, bringing in Nathan Coulter-Nile for James Pattinson two games ago to manage workload but it didn't go in the right direction. After a long break of 11 days for Pattinson and ordinary returns for Coulter-Nile (1/51 and 0/33), that move is now likely to be reversed for this crucial game.
The Abu Dhabi pitch, traditionally, favour the spinners and much smaller ground dimensions given the spin bowlers some advantages. Also, the pitches would be dry and slow, which is not a good sign for stroke players like both teams have in their squad.
Rohit Sharma and Co will be aiming for consolidating their position for the playoffs while MS Dhoni's yellow brigade will be eager to keep their hopes of making it to the playoffs alive and will be keen to secure their second win against MI in the ongoing season. Meanwhile, Super Kings beat defending champions MI by five wickets in the season's opener of Dream11 IPL 2020.
Here are the Likely Playing 11 of CSK vs MI:
CSK Likely XI: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Samu Curran, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood
MI Likely XI: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(C), Quinton de Kock(Wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, James Pattinson, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(C/Wk), Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif