The Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will play each other in Qualifier 1 of the 2019 IPL on Tuesday – May 7. CSK will go in as the favorites as they are playing at home and will have tremendous crowd support and also great knowledge of the pitch and conditions in Chennai.
CSK would love to win this match and book themselves a lot in the 2019 IPL final and get some much needed rest. Even if CSK or Mumbai Indians lose the match, they will still get a second crack at qualifying for the finals as they will get to the play the winner of the Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals which takes place on 8 May.
Mumbai Indians will be high on confidence as they won their last game while CSK will need to pull their socks up after losing their last game to Kings XI.
What CSK Must Do To Win
CSK under the leadership of MS Dhoni have adopted the approach of not going hard early on and instead have focused on laying a foundation. They will most likely adopt a similar approach as Mumbai have some great death bowlers in J Bumrah, L Malinga and M McClenaghan.
CSK will need their openers to fire, especially S Watson who has failed miserably during this IPL but CSK and Dhoni have stood by him. It will be up to him to deliver as he did in the 2018 IPL finals.
MS Dhoni is also going to play a crucial role not just with the bat but also with his captaincy. He has marshalled his troops very well throughout the tournament and his experience could be the difference on Tuesday.
What Mumbai Indians Must Do To Win
Mumbai Indians have depended heavily on their all-rounders H Pandya, K Pandya and their death bowlers. However, they need their batting to fire just like it did in their last game against KKR. R Sharma is known to step up when it matters and he will have to do it with both bat and in the field.
Mumbai Indians definitely look like the stronger and better side on paper but they will be in hostile territory in Chennai. If Mumbai can silence the crowd and play well under pressure, then they will come out on top.
Qualifier 1 could very well be decided by how well MS Dhoni and R Sharma play and captain their respective sides.