The IPL 2019 playoffs is nearly upon us and the candidates are nearly confirmed for this season. The Chennai Super Kings, the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals already booked their slots early on. So, the battle for the remaining seat was fiercely contested. The Sunrisers Hyderabad held onto the final berth by the skin of their teeth.
So now, the Chennai Super Kings will likely play against the Delhi Capitals and the Mumbai Indians will play against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. the Capitals are the odd ones out as the other three have won the championship before. The venues for the IPL 2019 playoffs are the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Chennai and Vishakhapatnam respectively.
Chennai vs Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians have the better track record against the Chennai Super Kings, heading into IPL 2019. Out of 26 matches, MI have won 15 and CSK have 11 under their belt. However, they trail Chennai in the highest score department, with 202 compared to CSK’s 208. The lowest score stat swings the other way with 141 to 79.
Mumbai also stands a better chance as MI have won their two head-to-head games in 2019. But CSK have the advantage of playing at home and this match could go either way
Delhi vs Hyderabad
The second IPL playoff will likely take place between the Delhi Capitals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. MI became SRH’s new best friend when they defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders. This was because the Knight Riders needed to win against Mumbai in order to qualify.
The Sunrisers had made their own lives difficult by losing their final league match. So, they were banking on KKR and KXIP, the only two threats, to lose their respective matches. Delhi on the other hand, also qualified early, but will be without the services of Kagiso Rabada.
In terms of head-to-head, things are very tight as the two sides faced each other 14 times. Out of those 14 times, Hyderabad have won 9 matches while Delhi have 5. Hyderabad also edge ahead in the high score statistic with 191 to DC’s 189. The lowest score statistic also leans in the Sunrisers direction, with 116 to Delhi’s 80.
Since the match takes place in Vishakhapatnam, a neutral ground, there is no home advantage. In other words, this match can swing either way but Delhi have been on a role and have a really strong team.