IPL 1st Qualifier CSK Vs MI Preview: Feisty rivalry set to resume with a place in the final

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IPL 1st Qualifier CSK vs MI Preview Highlights:

  • The Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will play against each other on 7thMay, Tuesday in Qualifier 1 after ending in first and second position respectively.
  • Out of the 28 matches the two have played in, MI hold the upper hand with the 16 wins to their name, something they built on after defeating CSK comprehensively by 46 and 47 runs in their previous two encounters this season.
  • The winner of this faceoff will head straight to the stellar summit clash while the loser will go onto try their luck again against the winner of the eliminator.

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IPL 1st Qualifier CSK vs MI Preview

44 days and 56 matches later, the top 4 of the table has finally taken shape. And sitting on its echelon are two stupendous outfits. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings who will be up against each other in the first qualifier of the IPL.

After having blown past teams with some absolutely scintillating displays, it’s now time for both these franchisees to replicate the same exuberant formula for success that has served them so well. With a staggering amount of 6 glistening titles in between them, these sides are extremely well versed when it comes to playing in such crunch, pressure situations.

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IPL 1st Qualifier CSK vs MI Preview

What further builds on the script is the magnitude of the supreme and illustrious rivalry these two have built on ever since the IPL was conceptualized. Over the course of its 12-year long journey, the rivalry has embedded even deeper, emulating the same feisty standards when these two see others on the field.

Expect both the franchisees to be extremely resolute, resilient, diligent and up for the match when Tuesday comes. It’s going to be a match decided by very fine margins and ahead of the first qualifier, we take a look at the intriguing and enthralling in match takeaways which could determine the course of the outcome.

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IPL 1st Qualifier CSK vs MI Preview – Key Battles

Rohit Sharma Vs Imran Tahir

This is built to a cliff-hanger and perhaps one of the most exciting clashes in the match will be Rohit Sharma against Imran Tahir. Having found himself back among the runs with a half-century against KKR in his side’s final group stage match, the opener will be looking to be among the runs once again. He and Quinton de Kock have delivered innings of worth in the opening partnership and they’ll be eyeing another profound stand that can beleaguer CSK.

It won’t be all that easy though for Rohit especially with the treacherous nature of the surface a known entity. CSK will go in with a three-spin prolonged attack, one which will see Dhoni employ spin early on against Rohit. Fully aware of the Rohit’s travesties against the slower bowler, Imran will look to rile him up and send him back cheaply inside the first 6 overs.

Faf du Plessis Vs Jasprit Bumrah

Whilst MI’s bit and part spinners have served them fortuitously this season, they’ll be aware that they are paper thin in that department. It leaves a huge brunt of the onus on the pace department to shoulder the bulk of the responsibility on their shoulders and deliver an incisive performance.

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What works in their favour though is that in Jasprit Bumrah they have a spearhead, a bowler who can besmirch any batting unit in the world. The spearhead has the stellar ability to shape the ball both into and away from the batsmen and him against Faf du Plessis will make for some viewing.

Faf has been the main batsman for CSK and MI will know if they can send him back to the pavilion cheaply, CSK can collapse like a house of cards. Expect Bumrah to give it his all and be right on the money against him.

Rohit Sharma Vs MS Dhoni

One reason this clash is always so highly anticipated is that it sees Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni square off against each other. While Dhoni missed both the previous matches against MI, he’ll be back for this one and looking to get his decisions right on against a franchisee they’ve hated facing in recent times. On the other hand, Rohit and the MI team management have shown flexibility this season, playing according to the need and nature of the game. A match where exemplary captaincy skills are going to come to the fore.

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IPL 1st Qualifier CSK vs MI Preview – Probable XI

Chennai Super Kings

Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C and WK), Dhruv Shorey, DJ Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan , Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

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IPL 1st Qualifier CSK vs MI Preview – Match Details

Qualifier 1, CSK Vs MI

Date and Time: 7th May 2019, Tuesday- 7:30pm

Television: Star Sports 1, 2, Select HD1, Hindi/HD

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