CSK vs MI LIVE: No MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja as Chennai Super Kings opt to bowl first vs Mumbai Indians

Chennai Super Kings skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to bowl first against Mumbai Indians in Match 44 of IPL 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Friday.

Big news is that there is no MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja ,both down with fever. Raina leads the team for the second time. Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay and Mitchell Santner come in. Third player to miss out is Faf du Plessis.

Two changes for Mumbai Indians as well as former U19 star Ankul Roy gets his Mumbai debut and West Indian Evin Lewis comes in for Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(c), Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina(c), Ambati Rayudu(w), Dhruv Shorey, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir

Dream11 Tips and Prediction

Match 44 of IPL 2019 is between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium today. Here’s the Best Dream 11 Team for today’s match

After losing two away matches in a row, defending champions returned to Chennai and won their last match with the return to form of Shane Watson being the standout feature. CSK are on top of the IPL 2019 points table with 16 points whereas Mumbai Indians are at third with 12.

For today’s IPL match, the must-haves for Dream11 fantasy game are several. Let’s have a look at the scenarios.

Check Dream11 Prediction / CSK Dream11 Team / MI Dream11 Team / Dream11 Guru Tips / Online Cricket Tips and more.

CSK vs MI match preview:

Having returned to winning ways with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will now take on Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 44th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.

The Rohit Sharma-led unit is coming into this game after enjoying a four-day breakfollowing their defeat against Rajasthan Royals (RR). While MI defeated MS Dhoni-led CSK in the first leg of the matches of this season, CSK will look to return the favour as they host MI.

CSK though will have some issues to sort. Although the duo of Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar bowled well in their last game, the spinners – Harbhajan Singh, despite his two wickets against SRH and Imran Tahir struggled to stem the flow of runs.

Coming to their batting, Shane Watson’s return to form and Suresh Raina coming in with a crucial 38 in the previous game is a welcome sign. However, the form of Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav remains a concern for the defending champions. An area where MI will look to target. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019, CSK vs SRH: Pandey cashes in, Watson proves his worth and other talking points)

MI though too have their batting problems to solve. While Quinton de Kock has been extremely consistent and Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya have played some blitz, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard have struggled to find consistency. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019: I asked MS Dhoni if he liked my version of the helicopter shot, he said it was good: Hardik Pandya)

What shall please MI is the way in which Rahul Chahar has performed. The 19-year-old leg-spinner has nine wickets in seven matches this season, at an economy rate of 6.61. The leader of their bowling attack though will be Jasprit Bumrah. The right-arm pacer, who has 11 wickets against his name, will be key as MI will try and keep Watson, at the top, and Dhoni, who turned the clock to hammer unbeaten 84 off 48 balls, at the end, in check.