MI vs CSK: Key players to watch out for
The IPL 2019 gets deep into its mid-phase. In match number 15, it is the clash of two record champions, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Wednesday. This head-to-head is famous for the rivalry between the two skippers, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. Here we analyze the players who could make an impact in this tie.
Another splendid innings by the South African?
Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has been in splendid form, both behind the stumps and with the bat. It was evident in the last match against Rajasthan, where he scored a 39-ball 60. Although his side ended up losing, he was the star of the show and would be looking to deliver another prolific performance against the holders. We have our eyes on him.
High time for the skipper to fire
The biggest weapon MI have in their arsenal is the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. It has led them to three titles. However, Rohit has not fired with the bat yet, but would look to put up a show tonight to keep their hopes alive for the record fourth title. Moreover, playing a match-winning innings against the defending champions is certain to boost his confidence.
Can we expect another heroic bowling performance?
Bowling-all-rounder Krunal Pandya has been a star for Mumbai ever since his debut. Even though he claimed two wickets in the last match, he went for 43 runs. Tonight, against Chennai, he would look to be more economical while picking a couple of wickets.
A Mahiraja innings awaits
The CSK fans were ecstatic following a match-winning knock of 75* from skipper Dhoni. Dhoni, who has been in a lethal form in 2019, is looking to make every match count, keeping in mind the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup. Thus, it would be futile to rule him out. Furthermore, with the match being against MI, Dhoni would leave no stone unturned.
Does the long-lost Indian still have it?
Swashbuckling batsman Suresh Raina is one of the veterans of the league. Although he has been involved in all the three title wins of CSK, he has been out of the radar of the national selectors. Nonetheless, he still continues to deliver for the side, as he played a sound knock of 36 in the last game. We expect another big innings from him.
Is the rookie strong enough to put another bowling show?
Rookie pacer Deepak Chahar caught everyone's eyes when he put up an amazing bowling performance in the previous game against Rajasthan Royals. He claimed 2/19 and was the most economical bowler in the tie for CSK. Also, with the Wankhede track assisting bowlers this term, it would be interesting to see if he can replicate the same performance.