Friday, 22 April 2011

A Match between Titans

After meekly losing against Kochi, the match against Mumbai Indians provides Chennai Super Kings to show their real mettle to the fans. And I am sure the team is itching to get back to their winning ways. While the media would like to bill this game as a battle of "Dhoni Vs Tendulkar" it will be the match which will be decided by the performance of Anirudhas & Jakatis.. 

CSK Probable XI:
1. Hussey 2. Vijay 3. Raina 4. Badrinath 5. Dhoni 6. Albie 7. Anirudha 8. Ashwin 9. Jakati 10. Randiv 11. Tim Southee

Though this same eleven lost the last match, I believe Fleming & Dhoni would continue with the same team. Considering Mumbai Indians are the only team who would prefer to bat first against CSK, it is better to go with 7 batsmen. 

MI Probable XI
1. Davy Jacobs 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Rayudu 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Symonds 6. Pollard 7. Sathish 8. Murtaza 9. Harbhajan 10. Munaf Patel 11. Malinga

Most Dangerous Players:
1. Malinga:
Only player who can reduce this match to an one-sided contest for Mumbai. But I am sure CSK would have a plan to handle him. 
2. Pollard:
I am sure today, he will face the first ball of this IPL. Hope the team gets him early. 
3. Munaf Patel:
While Malinga has stolen the headlines, Munaf Patel has quietly given stellar performance on the background. (Economy of less than 5 runs per over this IPL). 

At home, Mumbai Indians are the clear favorities. But I have a sneaky feeling that it is CSK's turn to spring a surprise today. 


Mike said...

Robin, I can't say I'm very confident about the game against Mumbai. As you said, Jakati will have a lot of pressure on him tonight. Hopefully he can find some form.

Where is Bollinger in the probable XI? has he received an injury? If not then surely he has to be in the team somewhere, as we lack the ability to take early wickets without him.

I think there is plenty of improvement left in the team, particularly in bowling. Hopefully CSK peak at the right time like they did last year.

My XI vs Mumbai

1. Vijay
2. Vignesh
3. Raina
4. Dhoni
5. Morkel
6. Du Plessis
7. Badrinath
8. Southee
9. Bollinger
10. Ashwin
11. Mahesh

Cub said...

Guys, this is OT but what is the weather like in chennai. Is there any threat to monday's game