Mahendra Singh Dhoni will miss his second match for the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019 as he is down with fever. Suresh Raina will lead the Super Kings in their match against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Friday.
CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will also miss this key clash due to fever. This is only the 5th IPL match that MS Dhoni is not playing for Chennai Super Kings. CSK vs MI Live Blog
Dhoni had earlier missed the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 17 due to back spasm. Raina had led the Super Kings in that match and suffered a 6-wicket defeat at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.
Dhoni’s absence will be a big blow for Chennai on Friday as they look to seal their spot in the playoffs. The defending champions are on top of the table with 16 points from 11 matches and need just one more win to become the first team to advance to the playoffs.
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Mumbai Indians on the other hand, are placed third with 12 points and yet to consolidate their position in the top four and need at least two more wins to seal a play-off berth.
Mumbai Indians, who are returning to play at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, will be confident, considering they had beaten the defending champions in their early-season meeting at home. After posting 170 on the board, CSK were jolted by the pace trio of Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff and Hardik Pandya who shared 7 wickets between them.
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Chennai Super Kings have enjoyed a lot of success against most teams in the IPL but Mumbai Indians have always proved to be worthy opponents. In fact, CSK have a winning percentage of less than 50 against only MI in the IPL.
In 27 meetings between the two sides across all competitions, Mumbai Indians have managed to win 15 with Chennai Super Kings winning 12.
Mumbai however, must be cautious against Chennai as they have not lost a single game at their home so far in this year’s league. Chennai have won all of their five games at the Chepauk.
More importantly, Mumbai Indians have enjoyed considerable success over the years at Chepauk, considered Chennai Super Kings’ fortress.
CSK have not lost a single match at Chepauk in IPL 2019. In fact, they have lost only one match out of their last 18 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. However, the said defeat came against MI in IPL 2015 and Rohit Sharma’s men are the last team to beat MS Dhoni’s men at the iconic venue.
In fact, Mumbai Indians completed a double over Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk in IPL 2015, also winning the final at Chennai’s home venue.