Date & Time: Tuesday, May 07, 19:30 IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India
The two mega-franchises of IPL lock horns for the third time in this season for the Qualifier-1 at Chepauk. The Chennai Super Kings couldn’t have asked for a better venue for today’s IPL match. Now it’s all about making the most use of their ‘Den’, where they have won 6 out of 7 matches this season. Mumbai, on the other hand, has won both the matches that they played against Chennai. They will be eager to extend that record to book a place in the final.
Kedar Jadhav’s shoulder injury in the last game forces Chennai to consider either Dhruv Shorey or Murali Vijay. Otherwise there is nothing to ponder for them. Mumbai might go with an additional spinner in place of McClenaghan, now that spot is open for Anukul Roy or Mayank Markande.
The temperatures in Chennai in the past few days has been soaring high, so expect a slow and spin-friendly track for the clash of the Titans. As there isn’t any cloud cover for tonight’s forecast, dew is likely to play a big part in the second half of the game.
He is the leading run scorer for Chennai so far in the season with 368 runs in 9 innings. At home on the tricky surface, he has been even more effective for the team. He came up with scores of 75, 37 & 44 in last 3 innings. But on Tuesday, he will be facing Mumbai bowlers against whom he has struggled in recent times. He has a strike rate of less than 100 against most Mumbai bowlers with at least 10 balls faced. In addition to this, he has been dismissed by all their bowlers except Krunal Pandya. Now the question is, if he can be the Dream11 game changer in today’s IPL match irrespective of his past record?
He holds the key for Chennai at No. 3 with Waston at the top and Rayudu in the middle struggling to score. His present form might come in handy for Chennai in that case, as he scored back-to-back half centuries in the last two games. He also has a good record against Mumbai bowlers in the last 5 encounters, where he had a strike rate of more than 120 against all of them with a minimum of 10 balls faced. But, he has to be cautious against Bumrah and Hardik who have dismissed him twice each in this period.
He seems to be in his best form at the right time in this season. He came up with two half-centuries in the last four games and one of those was at Chennai. He will be eager to continue the form on Tuesday as well. He got out only to Jadeja once in the last 5 encounters against the Chennai bowlers. According to our Dream11 expert predictions, he is a must-have player in all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams.
He is coming into the game after two good performances against Hyderabad and Kolkata. There is every chance he will extend the good run against Chennai, as most Chennai batsmen have struggled to score against him in recent times. Dhoni has a Strike rate of exactly 100 in the 22 balls faced and got out once to him. While Suresh Raina may have scored at a good rate against him, he still got out twice against him in last 5 encounters. Watson is no different as well. Hence, our Dream11 expert predictions recommends having Bumrah for all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams.