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Fourth placed qualifiers SRH and bottom placed Royal Challengers Bangalore had only a point separating them. This one fact speaks volumes about the competitions and challenges this IPL. All done and dusted, we are now into the final frontiers of the tournament. The defending champions and IPL’s most consistent team CSK are set to take on 3 time champions and table-toppers Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier at Chennai today. Often referred to as the ‘Most Fierce Rivalry’ in IPL, both teams will be keen on entering the finals with in one shot.
Probable Playing XIs:
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni(c/w), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
The injury to Kedar Jadhav is a big loss, as CSK would miss the veteran’s batting and bowling abilities. However, the return to form of Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina is a great boost for the hosts. On the Chennai wicket, the services of Harbhajan and Tahir have proved to be invaluable and them, along with Jadeja, will hold key to Chennai’s chances. Mumbai on the other hand would bank on Pandya power to deliver. Rohit Sharma has marshalled his troops pretty well right throughout this IPL, and would look to translate the same form into his batting. Bumrah’s and Malinga’s deceptive bowling skills can cause trouble to the batsmen, but with the experience and skill that CSK possess, it promises to be a thriller. Don’t be surprised to see this one go till the very last over!!
Winner Prediction: Chennai Super Kings