The 41st match of the Dream11 IPL will see defending champions, Mumbai Indians square off against former champions, Chennai Super Kings, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.
MI would be gearing to bounce back from the double Super-Over defeat against Kings XI Punjab and get back to winning ways besides staging redemption against CSK, who have beaten them in their previous clash this season.
Here’s how the Mumbai Indians [MI] playing XI could look like against CSK-
Rohit Sharma (C)
Rohit Sharma had a forgettable last outing against the Kings XI Punjab. In the actual 20-over game, the Mumbai Indians skipper managed an 8-ball 9 before getting knocked over by Arshdeep Singh.
Sharma had a chance to redeem himself in the Super Over but Mohammed Shami’s pinpoint accuracy in his yorkers ensured it wasn’t the case, and the stylish opener will be looking to redeam himself against CSK.
Quinton de Kock (WK)
53, 78*, 53, 23, 67 (most recent first)- Looking at these numbers, it is fair to say that Quinton de Kock has been in red-hot form in the past five games after a slow start to his 2020 IPL campaign.
In the last game too, De Kock spearheaded MI’s ship after his side had lost the first wickets for virtually nothing but the South African would be disappointed that, first he couldn’t stay till the end and secondly, that he, along with Rohit failed to seal the deal in the Super Over.
The southpaw would be looking to make amends against CSK.
Ishan Kishan suffered a hamstring injury during the last encounter against KXIP, and if reports in the media are to be believed, the swashbuckling southpaw is likely to be unavailable for Friday’s fixture against the Chennai Super Kings.
In that case, MI could potentially rope in Aussie opener Chris Lynn by replacing him with Trent Boult, who is likely to be rested, and the injured Kishan with fast bowler, Dhawal Kulkarni.
It will interesting to see where Chris Lynn bats, if he does not, gets to feature in the playing XI? Will he open with QDK, with Rohit Sharma pushing himself to 3 or 4? Or will Rohit continue to open and Lynn bats at 3, pushing Suryakumar Yadav to the No.4 spot?
Post his match-winning 32-ball 53 against the Delhi Capitals, SuryaKumar Yadav has endured two back-to-back failures.
The stylish batsman was dismissed for a 4-ball duck by Mohammed Shami in his last outing and he would be looking to get back to run-scoring ways against CSK.
Hardik Pandya has flattered to deceive this IPL. While he has shown glimpses of his prodigious talent thanks to some brisk cameos like the one he played against KKR but when he still hasn’t been able to stitch a match-changing innings for his side thus far.
Hardik was dismissed for a 4-ball 8 in the last match and he has thus far managed 164 runs in nine IPL 2020 innings at an average of 27.33.
Krunal Pandya had a great outing with the bat in the last game and his 30-ball 34 during the 58-run-stand with Quinton de Kock helped MI rebuild their innings after an initial stutter.
Pandya would hope to continue his batting form and at the same time, he would also hope to contribute more with the ball since he bowled just 2 overs for 12 runs and no wickets against KXIP.
Kieron Pollard once again proved his worth in the last game.
The swashbuckler smoked a whirlwind 12-ball 34- an innings which included 1 four and four monstrous sixes- and along with Nathan Coulter-Nile helped MI post a competitive total of 6-176. Pollard also batted in the second Super-Over, where he helped MI score 11 runs which ultimately didn’t prove to be enough.
The Australian fast bowler smashed a rapid 12-ball 24 in the last game, and along with Pollard helped MI to a fighting total.
But Coulter-Nile will hope for an improved performance with the ball after having managed just one wicket in the two games that he has played.
Rahul Chahar has been one of the silent performers for MI this season.
The right-arm leg-spinner has constantly chipped- in with wickets in the middle-overs, something that he did yet again in the last game against KXIP.
Chahar claimed the prized scalps of Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell to peg KXIP back, taking his wickets tally to 11 after 9 outings.
As stated above, Dhawan Kulkarni is in line to make his IPL 2020 debut as a replacement for the injured Ishan Kishan.
With Trent Boult likely to be rested, the onus will be on Kulkarni to provide ideal support to Coulter-Nile and pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah.
After an indifferent start to the tournament, Jasprit Bumrah has come to his own in the past few games, once again impinging his status as the best white-ball bowler in the world.
Every time Rohit Sharma has turned to Bumrah, the champion fast bowler has almost always responded with a key scalp. In the last game, Bumrah dismissed the cream of KXIP’s batting consisting of Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran in his first spell before he came back to knock over KL Rahul at the backend.
Bumrah wasn’t done yet. He went on to showcase a ‘Super Over’ clinic as he gave away just 5 runs besides taking two wickets.