Date & Time: Friday, April 26, 20:00 IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India
The Chennai Super Kings have officially become the first team to qualify for the Playoffs in IPL 2019. Now on it’s about making sure they finish in the top 2. In order to make that happen, Chennai need their misfiring batsmen to wake up to the occasion. On the other end, the Mumbai Indians have done decently so far in the season but they are struggling to keep the momentum going, as their batsmen are not firing as expected. So today’s IPL match is going to be an interesting one, as it’s between two misfiring batting units, especially on a surface which is expected to be tough for scoring.
Mumbai is likely to drop Ben Cutting for the match, so that they can bring back Ishan Kishan. Chennai, on the other hand, is likely to stick with their winning combination.
The last match at this venue surprisingly produced a high scoring game, as it rained on the match day. But on Friday the surface is likely to behave to it’s true nature by aiding spinners as a hot and humid day is predicted.
In today’s IPL match, we have to look out to see if Shane Watson can repay to the Chennai Super Kings’ team management for trusting him one more time. If we consider his records against the Mumbai bowlers the chances look slim, according to our Dream11 expert predictions, since he has struggled to score runs against them in recent IPL matches. He has been dismissed at least once by all bowlers and twice by Bumrah.
The Captain cool is in great form in the season as he has been the leading run scorer for the side. His form at this venue is no different from that. But somehow he has struggled against Mumbai bowlers in recent times. He has a strike-rate of only 109 against them in 99 balls faced and got out to Bumrah, Markande & Hardik once each. Still, our IPL predictions will vouch for him in your Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He may have gone wicketless in the last IPL match, but he is a prolific wicket-taker for Chennai in this season. His strong performance against the Mumbai batsmen will surely boost his confidence and we can expect a strong bounce back from the prolific leg spinner. He has dismissed Ishan Kishan thrice, and Pollard & Dekock once each in the last few T20s. He is a must-have player in your Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
Mumbai’s bowling spearhead has done well against the Chennai batsman in recent times. The likes of Dhoni, Jadhav, and Watson have struggled to score even a run a ball against him. He dismissed Raina, Watson & Bravo twice and Dhoni once in the last few IPL matches. So he will look to exploit the advantage against them this time around as he went wicketless in the previous outing between these two sides. Our Dream11 expert predictions endorse having him in your team, due to his great track record here.