CSK won the toss elected to bat, Ashwin returns after injury

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Just like last year, Mumbai Indians have found their bearings at the right time after starting slowly. Coming on the back of four successive wins, three of which have been at home, the away game against Chennai Super Kings will provide as stern a test as any.

They finally seemed to have found the right combination, and the return of Corey Anderson from a finger injury couldn’t have been more opportune, although his availability for the Super Kings encounter is still unknown. Mumbai will also be without Lasith Malinga as Sri Lankan players are not allowed to play in Chennai.

Super Kings, on the other hand, have always been doubly hard to beat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, and the win against Royal Challengers Bangalore after a couple of losses would only have boosted their confidence.

With the tournament reaching its business end, R Ashwin, sidelined with a finger injury, will be crucial to Super Kings’ fortunes. Their team manager, Russell Radhakrishnan told ESPNcricinfo that Ashwin will be assessed at the ground on Friday, before a decision is made on his availability.

The weather forecast is for a typically sultry evening, while the pitch is expected to be similar to the one used for the Royal Challengers game.

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