Shape of du Plessis a big plus for CSK: Harsha Bhogle

NEW DELHI: Look Forward To Qualifying 1 In Between Chennai Super Kings And Mumbai Indians , Commentator Of Cricket Harsha Bhogle Said MI Will Be Confident While Opposite The Defending Champion

In His Column For The Times Of India, Bhogle Wrote:" It Is Fitting That The Two Best Teams In The History Of The IPL meet in the first qualifier. Inevitably these are the best teams but after 14 games across the country, these are also tired teams. Remember both teams were playing on the 5th And had a travel day yesterday. They arrive into hot Chennai And a slow Chepauk from different paths. Chennai Super Kings are looking just a touch ragged having lost four out of their last six. Key batsmen are either out of touch or injured And they grow increasingly reliant on a couple of match-winners. Sometimes, they resemble the old grandmother's quilts, a patchwork of diverse patches stitched together by a master tailor."

Chennai Lost His Last Competition Match Against Kings XI Punjab At Mohali, But Bhogle Refused To Write Them Off.

"But remember, this is CSK And till these last few games they were the dominant team in the IPL . I have said this so many times but it so defines them. CSK with Dhoni find a way And the form of du Plessis will be a big shot in the arm. I suspect if there was any team at all that they would be wary of, it would be the Mumbai Indians who have ability coming out of every pore. In recent times, key players have found form And they have match-winners all over that line-up, something that becomes more critical in the knockouts. It was only on the 26th of April that MI showed their strength in Chennai And they will be confident," Bhogle opined.

The excessive humidity And the spinning Chinnaswamy track is bound to assist the home team And it would require a herculean task from Mumbai to beat Chennai in their own backyard.

"The key to playing in Chennai though is to adapt to the pitch And its slowness. If there is no dew batting first becomes a huge advantage as the pitch takes its post-dinner siesta in the second innings. Both teams have the bowling to take advantage of the conditions but I suspect Mumbai Indians will bat better. But it is a big qualifier And with the pressures involved, you predict at your own peril," Bhogle concluded.