Mumbai Indians vs. Chennai Super Kings: IPL Qualifier 1 Match Preview
Mumbai Indians vs. Chennai Super Kings: IPL Qualifier 1 Match Preview

The business end of the IPL is upon us, where top-ranked Mumbai take on second-placed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Chepauk. The advantage of finishing in the top-two means that both sides will have a chance to fight for a place in the finals again even if they lose this game.  

CSK will be playing at their home ground, where they won six of their seven games held at the Chepauk this season. The only defeat that came was at the hands of MI, their opponents on the day. Though CSK lost their last league game against Punjab, they will walk into Qualifier 1 with plenty of confidence. They have looked unbeatable this IPL 2019, and especially at home, they seem almost invincible. They have however suffered a setback with the injury to Kedar Jadhav, but they have a strong bench strength. 

Though MI won a good game against KKR that saw them take the top position, they will find it tough against a CSK unit at home. With crowd support not in their favour, they might be the underdogs. 

Pitch Conditions: The track at Chennai has always kept low and slow, with the team winning the toss often choosing to bat first. One can expect the track to play similarly as well for this game. 

Player Recommendations:  

Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock (9.5 credits) 

De Kock came into the IPL with form behind him, and he has carried that forward into this year's tournament as well. He

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