After MS Dhoni set the tone for yet another CSK win last time out against the Royals with an impressive 75 off 46 balls, Chennai look to make it four from four on Wednesday against a Mumbai side who were soundly beaten by Kings XI last time out. Often regarded as the biggest rivalry in the IPL, who will come out on top?
MI vs CSK – IPL 2019
Where to Watch
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: 03 April 2019
Match Begins: 15:30 BST / 20:00 IST
TV Channel / Live Stream: The match will be live on BT Sport 3 in the UK. Live streaming will also be possible via the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device.
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings – The Form Guide
It’s two wins and one defeat so far this season for Mumbai. After beating the Royal Challengers by six runs last week, they couldn’t follow it up on Saturday against KXIP. An impressive 71 not out from KL Rahul as well as a 43 from Mayank Agarwal and a 40 from Chris Gayle was enough to see Kings XI breeze by the Indians who could only post 176.
CSK disposed of the Royals on Super Sunday, but it wasn’t easy. RR chose to bowl after winning the toss, and after the Super Kings set a target of 175 after 20 overs, RR were unable to chase it down. They ended up falling eight runs short, after Dwayne Bravo defended 11 runs off the last over. He conceded just three to see the match out in what was yet another pulsating match involving Chennai.
Although CSK have started well, MI will be buoyed by the fact that they’ve beaten their rivals on four of the last five occasions. MI need to nullify the attack from MS Dhoni. If they can do that, they have a chance.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav.
MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleign.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
It’s expected to be a good wicket for batting on Wednesday. No rain is forecast and it looks like it’ll be a hot and sunny day in Mumbai with temperatures reaching around 33 degrees Celsius.
Although many see the Wankhede as a tough ground to defend on, the stats suggest differently. It’s pretty even when you weigh up the historical data. Of 67 IPL matches played here, 33 have been won by the team batting second, with 34 won by the team batting first. Considering the weather report for Wednesday, I fully expect the side who wins the toss will choose to field first.
Chennai Super Kings are the favourites with the bookmakers for this one at odds of 4/5. Mumbai Indians are available at Evens to win at home if you fancy it.
It’s going to come down to who wins the toss and bats second in my opinion. There’s no denying that CSK are in great form, but they had to work extremely hard to see off RR last time out. Mumbai are at home, Mumbai have beaten CSK in four of the last five meetings, and it’s seems written that Mumbai will ruin Chennai’s perfect record.
As I think the team batting second will have the advantage, I’m not tempted with the Match Odds market as there’s no real value there. Rohit Sharma has hit 560 runs in 18 matches against CSK. He seems to save some of his best moments for these matches. Odds on him to be top MI Batsman at 5/2 are very appealing. That’s what I’m going for.