CSK vs MI Dream 11 team Prediction and IPL Fantasy Cricket Tips as The SportsRush helps you form the best possible Dream 11 team
The biggest rivalry of the IPL is back again and this time the Mumbai Indians head to Chennai for part 2 of what has been the most celebrated match up in IPL history. Two of the most successful franchises that the competition has seen and two of the most passionate fan bases around, CSK vs MI promises to be a blockbuster encounter.
Last time these two teams faced off, MI steamrolled CSK over, winning the game comfortably and handing CSK their first loss of the season. On a flat Wankhede wicket, the CSK batting unit couldn’t really muster a strong performance and folded badly.
Their batting unit has been a little fragile, with individuals stepping up during crucial phases, but never really clicking as a unit. Watson stepped up big time during their last encounter after having a torrid time in the first phase of the league games.
While the Chennai surface has been a batsman’s nightmare this season; in the last game between CSK and SRH, the ball came onto the bat beautifully, hence the Dream 11 predictions for this game are going to be a little batsman centric.
Let’s get to business now.
CSK vs MI Dream 11 team Prediction
Wicketkeeper for CSK vs MI Dream 11
For the wicketkeeping slot, it is either MS Dhoni or Quinton de Kock, and as much as it hurts me, I will have to go with Quinton de Kock, because of his batting position and his current form. While on current form, both MS Dhoni and QDK are on par, MS Dhoni bats way too down the order to safely invest your bets in him.
Opening the batting, QDK gets the right platform to unleash his skills and has been doing so all through the IPL get him in.
Bowlers for CSK vs MI Dream 11
Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah walk into my team, as the duo would be bowling a combined 4 overs at the death and are sure to pick up at least 3-4 wickets between themselves, with the upside going up to 5-6 wickets.
On a track that doesn’t seem that conducive to spin bowling anymore, death bowling becomes the way to go about picking your bowlers. Both Malinga and Bumrah fit right in, both with respect to reputation and current form.
Deepak Chahar would be my 3rd bowling pick for the kind of form he has been in during the powerplay overs. Moreover, he has also been given the task of bowling at least one over at the death, something that further enhances his Dream 11 Fantasy potential.
All-Rounders for CSK vs MI Dream 11
Dwayne Bravo will be my first all-rounder for this game. His death bowling skills get used to the hilt whenever he puts on that yellow jersey. 4 overs at the end when the batsman have all the intention in the world to go after you gives you a large possibility of picking up a few cheap wickets. For the kind of role that he has, Bravo is a must have during CSK games.
For the second all-rounder pick I go in with Mumbai Indians’ most influential player this season; Hardik Pandya. He has been helping MI post those big totals on the board with some brilliant lower order hitting and has also chipped in with a few middle overs wickets. Also, MI sometimes tend to hand him the last over especially when they are bowling second, helping him run away with a few cheap wickets. As a package, he is as good as you can get in the IPL; get him in for sure.
If MI bat first, I would get in Krunal Pandya, for his lower order hitting skills and his left arm off-spin. However, if MI bat second, he might be pushed way too down the order and might not get to face a lot of balls.
Batsmen for CSK vs MI Dream 11
On current form, the first batsman that walks into my team is Shane Watson. A magnificent innings in the last game, Watson finally hit form and could help himself to another fifty on that belter of a track in Chennai(if the same track turns up this time too).
Rohit Sharma has been in decent form this IPL, but hasn’t really gone big yet. On a relatively flat deck in Chennai, aided by the dew, Rohit’s class is enough to help him hit form before the business end of the tournament. Also, if the track isn’t spinning much, the CSK bowlers won’t pose much of a threat to the brilliance of Rohit Sharma.
Suresh Raina has been in decent touch this season, striking the ball well and getting off to starts in almost all games. However, he has struggled to get a really big one under his belt, largely because of CSK playing in difficult batting conditions at home. But with conditions becoming better, I expect Raina to fire in this game. Also, both spinners that MI will play will turn the ball into Raina giving him the opportunity to tear them apart. Get him in.
Faf du Plessis will be my 4th batting pick for this game. Again he too has been in fine form this season, but hasn’t really set the stage on fire with his batting. A good Chennai surface would help him get back to his scoring best. I am focussing on top order batsmen here as good batting surfaces help batsman in the powerplay to go after bowling units.
Now, in that Krunal Pandya equation, if MI bat second, I would be getting in Suryakumar Yadav in. Reason being; top order batsmen.
Captain: Hardik Pandya
Vice-Captain: Quinton de Kock