IPL 2019, qualifier 1: CSK predicted XI against Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni could make big call
Chennai Super Kings are in familiar territory, they are also at their home ground, but they have to be on their toes for their rivals Mumbai Indians is the only side which has handed them more defeats than any other side in the Indian Premier League.
For MS Dhoni, the bigger concerns lie with the composition of the side and the form of his players. Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out for the rest of the season and this only complicates the scenario for Chennai Super Kings.
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Dhruv Shorey, the young promising batsman from Delhi, should fill in this slot. The form of Shane Watson is a huge worry for CSK and now a decision needs to be made. On a sluggish Chepauk track, the prospect of playing Mitchell Santner instead of the burly Australian seems to be a better option, but will Dhoni opt for the all-rounder remains to be seen.
If Watson indeed is benched, it will present Ambati Rayudu with an opportunity to open the innings and find form. It has been a rut for Rayudu this season and if he gets to open the innings, it could work out for CSK in this crucial encounter.
Here is Chennai Super Kings predicted XI for the match against Mumbai Indians:
Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir