IPL 2019: CSK vs MI – Mumbai Indians’ Predicted Playing XI, Chennai
Mumbai Indians are known as slow starters of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, they looked a bit different in their role in the ongoing IPL 2019. While riding on some spectacular performances Rohit Sharma-led side has faced a heat too. All in all, CSK vs MI game on Friday is somewhat crucial for Indians. Before shedding light on the Mumbai Indians’ Predicted Playing XI, let’s have a look at the head-to-head contests between the heavyweights of the IPL.
Overall – 27 matches; CSK 12, MI 15
At Chepauk – 6 matches; CSK 2, MI 4
With both teams sharing six IPL titles between them, CSK tops the IPL points table with eight wins in 11 games. On the other side, Indians have maintained third place with six victories in 10 matches.
As they’re keen to lock horns with CSK, Rohit would be hoping to see seniors shouldering the responsibility against in-form CSK. It’s going to be a classic battle apart from the focus on leadership skills.
Here’s is how we could expect Mumbai Indians’ Predicted Playing XI:
Skipper Rohit Sharma has a lot to prove after failing to convert his starts. So far, in nine innings, Rohit has amassed 228 runs at an average of 25.33. He would be hoping to shrug off the poor form as per his standard.
Quinton de Kock:
The wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is the leading run-scorer for the blue brigade. The southpaw has a lot on his shoulders to give another quick start to the visitors. He has so far accumulated 378 runs in 10 matches.
The right-hander batsman Suryakumar Yadav’s inconsistency has been a worrying sign in the middle for Indians. However, his experience speaks volumes about his potential. He is just that one big inning away – to dazzle in the IPL 2019.
The veteran southpaw Yuvraj Singh has just played four matches in the season 12. He scored 98 at an average of 24.50. However, he is a big match player, and his inclusion is expected to augur well for Indians.
In 10 matches, Kieron Pollard has scored 195 at an average of 32.50. The big-hitting sensation can change the complexion of the game within a couple of overs. His inclusion has been somewhat impactful given to his wealth of experience.
The all-rounder in Hardik Pandya has been a nightmare for the spinners. He has been in Midas touch given to his sheer hitting prowess. His cameos have helped Indians so far in this season.
Hardik has collected 241 runs in 10 innings at an average of 40.17.
Krunal Pandya has also played some cameos apart from picking wickets at the crucial junctures. He would be keen to give his best given to his traits. Krunal has bagged six wickets so far in this edition.
The promising all-rounder Jayant Yadav’s picking would be exciting. He has recently featured in a single game against Delhi Capitals (DC). However, he went wicket-less, but given to his ability to stem the run flow would be crucial at the Chepauk.
The young leggie Rahul Chahar had given a time tough to the opponent’s batters.
Chahar has bagged nine wickets in seven matches. He is second on the most wicket-takers for Indians.
The leading wicket-taker Jasprit Bumrah (11) has pleased his leader with his sheer performance in this season. Apart from the bad moments, Bumrah understands the niceties of T20 cricket. The death bowling specialist has a task on his hands against the dominating Super Kings.
If you have Lasith Malinga in the bowling department, it has to be good news for the particular side. Malinga has been phenomenal particularly in the limited-overs fold.
In this season, Malinga has claimed a four-for to bag eights scalps in six matches. He would be aiming to give his best in the impending games against the CSK.
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