The big daddy of the T20 cricket leagues is back. The IPL grandeur is back and so are the 8 pompous teams participating in cricket’s mightiest festive season. And what better way to start. The defending champions take on the two-time champions Chennai Super Kings. The MS Dhoni-led side makes a return after spending a two-year suspension. Dhoni has led his side to six IPL finals converting only 2 of those into titles for CSK. The title is certainly going to be a futuristic target for both the teams but for the season opener, they’ll look to draw a positive two from the first game.
IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Match Preview & Dream11 Tips
MI vs CSK Match Info
VENUE: WANKHEDE STADIUM, MUMBAI
DATE: 7TH APRIL, 2018
FIXTURE: MUMBAI INDIANS vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings H2H Matches
HEAD-TO-HEAD: The teams have met 22 times in the IPL with Mumbai winning 12 and the Super Kings 10.
The Wankhede, however, has been a fortress for the 3-time champions. At the Wankhede, the teams have played 7 matches with Mumbai getting the better of Chennai 5 times.
WANKHEDE AVERAGE T20 SCORES AT THE :
- Average 1st innings score: 187
- Average 2nd innings score: 183
Highest score: 230/8 by England vs South Africa
MI vs CSK IPL 2018 SQUADS
MUMBAI INDIANS: Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Pat Cummins, JP Duminy, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Cutting, Rahul Chahar, Pradeep Sangwan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Dhillon, Akila Dananjaya, Siddesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Sharad Lamba, Mayank Markhande, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh Dinesan.
MI PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan(wk), Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Lungi Ngidi, Asif KM, J Narayan, Kanishk Seth, Dhurv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi.
CSK PROBABLE PLAYING XI : Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Mark Wood/Lungi Ngidi.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Lewis is all set to make his IPL debut and is certain to open the Mumbai innings with Ishan Kishan. The sturdy left-handed batsman has the ability to dismiss attacks thoroughly. To go with it he’s got the flamboyant Caribbean flair. His 2 hundreds in T20Is against India were a testament to his ability. Lewis was purchased by the Mumbai Indians for Rs. 3.8 crores and that turn out to be a huge bargain. In T20s Lewis averages 34.06 and strikes at 146.06 runs per hundred balls.
Boundary hitting ability: Lewis scores a four or a six every 4.5 deliveries he faces. Lewis has smashed 218 fours and 178 sixes in 82 T20 innings. Evin Lewis’ boundary hitting dexterity makes him a strong pick for the fantasy team as well.
Lewis also has the ability to convert starts into big scores. So far, he’s scored 19 fifties and 3 hundreds in 82 T20 innings. He not only smashes bowlers out of the park but also values his wickets. He’ll be the player to watch out for.
The IPL is Raina’s fortress. He’s stepped up and performed in dire situations and also won games single-handedly. Raina. With 4540 runs in the 10 editions of the IPL, is the highest run-getter.
Scores consistently: Raina has amassed 400+ runs in the IPL, 8 times. Raina also is a strong boundary hitter. In 157 innings, he’s hit 402 fours(2nd best) and 173 sixes(2nd best). Cant get more consistent, right?
Magnificent fielder: He’s an absolute live wire on the field and has the ability to effect a run out out of nowhere. Raina is a captain’s delight. He’s also picked 25 wickets and is never shy to roll his arm in crunch situations. If he’s playing he’s a must in your fantasy team.
IPL 2018 Match 1 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Dream11 Tips
- Key players For MI : Rohit Sharma, H Pandya, Bumrah, M Rahman, Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Cummins, Pollard
- Key players For CSK : MSD, Raina, Bravo, Watson, Rayudu, Jadeja
- Faf du Plessis is unavailable for this game
IPL 2018 MI vs CSK match 1 Dream11 Team