CSK v MI Fantasy tips: CSK predicted playing XI

The clash of the rivals is here. Two of the strongest teams in the IPL will lock horns for the first match of this year’s IPL. A lot has been changed since two years when CSK made their last appearance in the IPL.

For Wankhede, the batsmen’s fortress, this is how I will line ‘my’ Chennai Team.

This ‘probable’ is based on the player’s current form and their past records in IPL.


For the openers, I will go with Watson and Murali Vijay as Faf is out of the match. Their experience will come in handy. Watson is in great form, while Murali Vijay’s record as an opener for CSK is great.


Suresh Raina, the highest run-getter in IPL will come in next. That’s no surprise. He is the perfect option for number three. I will opt for Dhoni to come in at number four because it’s important to give him more deliveries to play.

Sam Billings at number five. The England player did well at this position for his team, Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash.

Bowlers and All-rounders:

Dwayne Bravo at number six. Everybody knows how good he is down the order with Jadeja to follow at number seven. Bhajji at number eight, Mark Wood at number nine, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar at number ten and eleven.


Deepak Chahar is the leading wicket-taker of this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and Thakur’s good performances earned him a place in Indian playing XI with Mark Wood being the main strike bowler, the team’s pace attack is excellent in away games.

Jadeja and Bhajji will take care of the spin department while Raina, as usual, can have an over or two in the middle.

PROBABLE: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravi Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.

CSK v MI- Preview

Two of the biggest and the strongest teams lock horns in the inaugural match of the IPL. Yes, the rivalry is back.

Chennai Super Kings returns to the IPL after two years and will face the defending champions in the first match. The match surely is going to be nothing short of entertainment.

Let’s take a look at how the match might turn out:

Date: April 7

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Time: 20:00 IST

Pitch conditions:
Wankhede has always been a batting paradise leaving nothing for the bowlers. 190 will be a good target here.

Impact Batsmen:

Keep an eye on the two left-hand openers Ishan Kishan and Ewin Lewis. With Rohit Sharma, Pandya brothers and Pollard to follow, the batting looks extremely strong.

For CSK,
The team is filled with the immense amount of talent. Faf most likely will open the innings with probably Murali Vijay. Yes, both the batsmen are highly effective, but not as explosive as the Mumbai Indians openers. Suresh Raina will hold the key here coming in at number three. It will be interesting to see if Dhoni bats up the order. MS Dhoni, who according to coach Stephen Fleming ‘will play a more prominent role as batsman’ are the ones to keep a close watch on.

Impact Bowlers:

Coming to Mumbai’s bowling, Indian death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah, in-form Pat Cummins, and with few strong options, in the form of Mustafizur Rahman, Mumbai’s fast bowling looks strong. The problems arise with the weak spin options. Unlike CSK, Mumbai doesn’t have an experienced spinner on whom they can rely on. Hopefully, the youngsters will come good for the team.

Chennai Super Kings has excellent spinning options in the team, but their pace bowling options are not as good as Mumbai Indians. The team will rely on Bravo and Watson. Mark Wood, Ngidi, Chahar, Thakur will need to step up for the team.

Head to head:

Overall: Matches – 22, Mumbai Indians won – 12, Chennai Super Kings won – 10

At the Wankhede Stadium: Matches – 7, Mumbai Indians won – 5, Chennai Super Kings won – 2

MI have held dominated CSK in recent times; MI have prevailed in the last three matches against CSK.

RCB- Three uncapped players to watch out for

Royal Challengers Bangalore has always been a heavyweight in the IPL, but somewhere they fall short of the trophy. Every single time, every single year, they enter the tournament as a favourite to win the trophy, but they just couldn’t get things done.

Still, there have been talents that came into the limelight while playing for RCB. Few of them even made it to the national side. Example: Chahal.

The team did retain Sarfraz Khan, an uncapped player knowing his talent to smash the ball. He did showcase his talent in previous IPL seasons.

This time, Let’s move on to youngsters other than Sarfraz Khan because we all already know more about him.

Pavan Deshpande
Credits: RCB

His consistent performance in the Karnataka Premier League earned him a place in Karnataka Ranji team. He made 70 on his debut for the team.

He was picked for this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy where he did well to earn a spot in the RCB team. He averages 67.20 in T20 for Karnataka at a strike rate of 145.45.

An occasional off-break bowler who can be effective in turning conditions.

Aniruddha Joshi
Credits: RCB

He’s been in and out of the white ball sides, but his power hitting skills have finally come to the fore when he registered 40 off just 19 balls in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018. He followed it up with that unbeaten 73, and his current form perhaps suggested enough to the RCB management that Aniruddha can be a useful addition to the Bold. He’s a handy off-break bowler as well, and down at No. 6 or 7, provides a useful option in case skipper Virat Kohli is looking at playing a big-hitting all-rounder.

Kulwant Khejroliya
Credits: RCB

The left-arm pacer played a major role for Delhi in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which the team won. The pacer took 21 wickets in just 8 One day game and 14 wickets in 10 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 games.

Delhi Daredevils: Three uncapped players to watch out for

One of the best teams in this season. Gambhir has come back to the place he started his IPL career. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer are in a great form, with Pant scoring the fastest ton by an Indian.

Now, talking about the relatively uncapped players, here are the three uncapped players to watch out for.

1. Rahul Tewatia (All-rounder)

The 24 years old all-rounder’s talent has always been in talks. He can hit quick runs down the order and is economical. At Delhi Daredevils, where Ricky Ponting, the new head coach, has a keen eye for talent, Tewatia could get more game time. He was good in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition without quite catching the attention but the young man is a potential match-winner. If Ponting and Co and unearth his inner talent, Tewatia could be a major surprise package.

With Bat-
Inns  Run   Avg     Strike Rate
13       253    28.1       155.21

With Ball-
Inns    Wkts    Econ. Rate
15         13             6.53

2. Shahbaz Nadeem

One of the most underrated spinners who is consistent for Daredevils. In 53 innings he bowled, he has picked 37 wickets with an economy of 7.1. Amit Mishra and he will probably be the mainstream spinner for the team.

Inns  Wkts      Econ. Rate
53         37                 7.1

3. Harshal Patel

An impressive seamer, who is a regular now in the IPL. His best season was in 2015, where he played all the matches for RCB and had an economy above 7. Though he didn’t get much chance later, he can be an interesting prospect this year.

Mumbai Indians: Three uncapped players to watch out for

The defending champions are backed by excellent talents and has found the right mix for the team. The young guns compliment the strengths of the core team very well. Here are the three uncapped players you should watch out for

1. Anukul Roy

The latest under 19 sensation, is the joint highest leading wicket-taker of the recently concluded world cup. The 19-year-old is a canny left-arm orthodox bowler and can use the willow to good effect down the order as well.

To the well-packed pace attack of the Mumbai Indians, Anukul Roy can fit in perfectly.

2. Tajinder Singh Dhillon

Playing for Rajasthan, Dhillon recently shined with both bat and ball in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Dhillon scored 198 runs and picked up 8 wickets in the tournament. With a batting strike rate of over 150 and bowling economy of just 6.69.

His swashbuckling knock of 69* off 21 deliveries, and his 28 runs off Dinda’s over made heads turn. Surely, Rohit Sharma will be hoping to make full use of his all-round skills.

3. Ishan Kishan

The U19 captain of the Indian team in 2016 where the team finished as the runner-up. From then on, he has been one of the potential prospects.

He gives brisk starts at the front which will set the tone for the team. In this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 273 runs in his eight matches with an average of 34.1 and strike rate of 146. He is exceptional behind the wickets and will be one of the strong contenders for the orange cup.

Pakistan v West Indies- Fantasy picks

As the cricket finally returned to Pakistan, The crowd that turned out to witness the match-up was incredible. Ask me if it lived up to the expectation- As a cricket fan it’s a no, but for a Pakistan fan it was something they wanted. Pakistan rattled the weak Windies convincingly by 143 runs. Can Windies bounce back to at least put on a fight?
My fantasy pick for the match would be:

Hussain Talat (PAK)– The debutant carried his fine form from the PSL to provide a swashbuckling performance and took Pakistan to a massive win yesterday.

Shoaib Malik (PAK)– The Pakistan legend is in an excellent form. He smashed 37 off 14 deliveries and picked two wickets in the previous encounter.

Keemo Paul (WI)– When everyone went for runs, Paul kept it tight, gave away only 26 runs, picked a wicket. Considerably the top performer for the West Indian team.

Chadwick Walton (WI)- The feeble West Indian team needs someone to take up the responsibility, smash at the top of the innings. Walton is the man to do that!