IPL 2020 Match 41 Preview: CSK vs MI - Struggling Chennai ready to shake up things against brawny Mumbai
There is still a chance for Chennai Super Kings to make it to the playoffs, at least mathematically. But the comments of skipper MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming coupled with the form of the bottom-placed franchise convey that CSK have already accepted defeat.
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CSK to overhaul playing XI
"This season we weren't really there. Also there were few chances to the youngsters. Maybe we didn't see the kind of spark that they could've given us to say okay you know push the experienced guys and make space for them. But what this result has done is give those youngsters whatever is left in our league stages. They will get a chance and have no real pressure on them so they can go out and express themselves," was the doomsday proclamation of the generally optimistic skipper MS Dhoni after their last defeat.
The missing intent might or might not be back for Chennai but one thing is for sure that they will give chances to their youngsters to not only have a chance of salvaging pride this season but to prepare themselves for the next season as well.
Opportunities for Gaikwad and Tahir
Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and R Sai Kishore are the CSK players on the bench who are good enough to make a difference. Ruturaj Gaikwad is likely to open the batting for Chennai with Sam Curran brought back in the middle order. Talented spinner R Sai Kishore might also get a go.
Veteran leg spinner Imran Tahir may also get an opportunity on the slow pitch of Sharjah in place of Josh Hazlewood, who has done brilliantly in the two opportunities that he has got.
Saurabh Tiwary to replace injured Kishan
Mumbai Indians will have to make a forced change by bringing in Saurabh Tiwary in place of Ishan Kishan, who injured his hamstring on the field in the last game. Another consideration for them would be to play one of Nathan Coulter-Nile or James Pattinson.
Pattinson likely to return
Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up an injury in the first half of the tournament and Mumbai wanted to have a look at him on the field. You have to give Coulter-Nile the benefit of doubt after playing competitive cricket post a gap of more than six months but he hasn't looked outstanding, to be honest.
If Mumbai are looking at him to bowl at the death, one is not sure that he has enough variations to keep the runs dry. However, with the team sailing smoothly, they were expected to give a couple of opportunities to Coulter Nile. James Pattinson is now expected to rightfully regain his place in the playing XI.
Pattinson was not really dropped in the words of Rohit Sharma as the team was trying to 'manage the workload of players'. The fact though is that Mumbai are almost certain to qualify for the playoffs and they want to keep all their players in good shape and game ready.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood/Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma/R Sai Kishore
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