MI vs CSK Dream11 Prediction: The Cricket Carnival, an evergreen entertainer and the arena where the best T20 stars around the globe congregate to enthral us viewers is back with much more emphasis on masks & sanitizers than runs & wickets. Normally at this time of the year, IPL talks would be much lesser than at any time of the year but the pandemic has ensured abnormality would be the new normal. After a lot of talks about bio-bubbles, testing, replacements and schedule, IPL 2020 will begin within a few hours and will engulf us over the next couple of months.
CSK and MI – the two heavyweight champions of IPL are set to resume their rivalry in the opening fixture to be held at Abu Dhabi. The last time these two faced off each other was in a thrilling final at Hyderabad where Malinga's dipping slower ball yorker in the last ball of the match helped MI hold supremacy over other teams with a record 4th title victory.
Mumbai Indians retained most of the players from the victorious 2019 season with some valuable additions in Nathan Coulter-Nile, T Boult, C Lynn and some local young talents with the likes of Mohsin Khan, D Deshmukh & P Balwant Rai Singh. However, they'll be missing the services of the experienced L Malinga who has pulled out of the tournament citing personal reasons. The familiarity in the group, a solid batting unit and some exciting, experienced fast bowlers are some of the strengths of the side. The inexperience of the spin attack can be judged as a weakness considering the conditions on offer but the quality shown by those spinners seems promising. Their last journey to UAE wasn't a memorable one as MI failed to win a single match during the UAE leg of IPL 2014 but this is a fresh unit and the challenge for them lies in adapting to the conditions at UAE as quickly as possible.
The Daddy's army has grown one more year old since the last season. The buys of S Curran, Chawla, Hazlewood and Sai Kishore at the auction table provided variety to the squad but the loss of S Raina & Harbhajan Singh can even affect their playoff chances with a lack of a top-order left-hand batsman and a specialist off-spinner in the squad. Their strength lies in the captaincy of MS Dhoni who is a master at the usage of resources and a proven experienced spin attack. Their success this season will be dictated by how their top order performs against the opponent's spinners and whether the Daddy's army can cope up with the heat and humidity of UAE.
Abu Dhabi is a bit similar to Jaipur with quite larger boundaries compared to Sharjah and Dubai, but if the pitches provided at the 2019 Abu-Dhabi T10 tournament are an indicator, we can expect the batsman to dominate this match especially at the start of the tournament with the decks being fresh. Temperature is expected to be around 34 to 36 degree Celsius with a high percentage of humidity which makes the appearance of dew a possibility.
MI vs CSK Dream11 Prediction
Possible MI Playing 11 –
R Sharma (C)
Q De Kock (WK)
Let’s take a look at some best picks for MI vs CSK Dream11 Prediction
Suryakumar Yadav – One of the best players of spin bowling in the domestic circuit, SKY’s record against the current CSK bowlers is exemplary and his run accumulation skills in the middle-order will come handy against the CSK spinners.
J Bumrah – There’s no counter for Bumrah in the CSK set-up except for Du Plessis and to an extent R Jadeja but it doesn’t matter as he’ll be used predominantly against the other batsman.
R Sharma – The long boundaries in Abu Dhabi call for an anchor kind of knock from the top order and if Rohit survives the initial spell from the PowerPlay, he can feast on the spinners later on of whom he possesses a great average.
R Chahar – Similar to Bumrah, there’s no counter for him in the right-hand batting dominant CSK side and the long boundaries will certainly come to his favour.
Possible CSK Playing 11 –
Faf Du Plessis
MS Dhoni (C & WK)
Let’s take a look at some best picks for MI vs CSK Dream11 Today Match Prediction.
Faf Du Plessis– He has a good H2H record against the Mumbai Indians pacers and the left-arm spinner – Krunal Pandya with the ability to capitalize once set.
A Rayudu – He endured a poor 2019 IPL but can’t be ruled out especially with his familiarity with Mumbai Indians whom he had represented between 2010 and 2017.
I Tahir – Mumbai Indians struggle against leg-spinners in the middle overs is a known issue and Tahir’s H2H numbers against their top order make him a top pick.
MS Dhoni – Every bowler in the MI setup except Boult has the potential to trouble him but his ability to target favourable bowlers and the knowledge of the game situation coupled with his wicket-keeping pips him forward.
The Dual Threat
Bumrah has been a consistent performer against CSK since his debut. His unique action combined with his control over yorker and hard lengths makes him a threat to the CSK batters in all three phases of the innings.
With the absence of Raina and S Curran just returning from England, CSK will play against MI with Jadeja being the only left-hander in the top seven. This will fall right into the hands of the young leggie R Chahar whom CSK batsman had no clue against.
The SKY Effect
Suryakumar Yadav has been rated as one of the best players of spin bowling in the domestic circuit and his 71*(54) in the Qualifiers at Chepauk last year is a testament to this fact. His numbers against the current CSK bowlers makes for good reading and his role in the team is to hold the middle-order together which he can easily accomplish against these bowlers. Jadeja and Ngidi are the only ones who are capable of troubling him.
MI vs CSK Dream11 Team Captain, Differential Picks
Team Composition Preferences –
1). All Rounders – Pick as much as you can
2). Batsman – Go for accumulative anchors
3). Bowlers – Choose leg-spinners and some hit the deck pacers
4). Wicket-Keeper – Selecting only one keeper is advisable
Having more MI players in the MI vs CSK Dream11 Match Prediction team is preferable.
Captaincy Picks –
Choose any one of the accumulators from both sides which includes Suryakumar Yadav, R Sharma, Faf Du Plessis and Rayudu. On the bowling front, pick either one of Tahir or R Chahar. Going in with Bumrah won’t be a bad option either.
Differential Picks –
K Jadhav – The pocket-sized dynamite didn’t have a great season last year with the bat. Since lockdown, he looks fit and the absence on Harbhajan makes him the only off-spinner in the CSK unit.
Krunal Pandya – The elder Pandya brother’s record with the bat has seen a consistent dip since his debut season. But his left-arm spin variety will come handy against the RHB dominant opponents.