Defending Champions CSK take on rivals MI at Wankhade
Our prediction is Chennai Super Kings will win the match!
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians has been one of most sought fater matches in IPL with both teams being the most successful teams so far. CSK has started the tournament in grand fashion winning all the three matches they have played so far. MS Dhoni played an well calculated knock of 75 runs to propel Chennai to commendable target. Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo shared 50-run partnership with Dhoni to build partnerships.
Their bowling has looked very effective this season taking the most number of wickets so far. Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets inside powerplay to dent the Royal`s momentum last match. Dwayne Bravo came back strongly to defend 12 runs in the last over. Imran Tahir has been very effective with his leggies and wrong ones. Mitchell santner and Jadeja struggled to grip the ball due to dew last match leaking runs in middle overs. Scott Kuggleijn from New Zealand has been picked in the CSk squad.
Mumbai Indians are not having a good start this season and they are usually slow starters every year. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock have been batting well together scoring runs at good rate in power plays. They are well supported by cameos from Yuvraj Singh and Pandya brothers towards the innings end. Kieron Pollard has been failing in their batting department consistently. Their bowling has been their biggest worry with the bowlers leaking over 180- runs in all their completed matches. Jasprit Bumrah has been the lone bright spot in bowling with no real support from other end. Haedik Pandya, Mitchell MCClenaghan and Lasith Malingsa has been taken for runs this year and their bowling has been not effective with wickets too. Krunal Pandya and Mayank Markande are the spin bowlers in the team and are yet to make a mark in this year with their performance. Alzarri Joseph and Jason Behrendoff are expected to join the squad before this match .
Rohit Sharma – Rohit has scored 48 and 32 runs in the last two matches and he is due for a big score. Rohit can really go big as everyone knows once he gets set. No boundary is big enough for him.
Hardik Pandya –Pandya has been taken to cleaners this year with figures of 1/41, 0/37 and 0/39 in a total of 10 overs across three matches. His batting lookds good and he is scoring runs at a healthy strike rate over 200.
Stats from the season:
Quinton de Kock - 110 runs, Strike rate – 147, HS -60, 50s-1
Jasprit Bumrah – 4 wickets, Economy - 7.1 RPO, BB – 3/20
Yuvraj Singh, Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard/Ben Cutting, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Jason Behrendoff
Yuvraj Singh, Jason Behrendorff, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
MS Dhoni – Dhoni played his own brand knock by building the innings after quick fall of wickets and then accelerating towards the end. He almost scored 40 runs in his last 10-12 balls. MS Dhoni`s form will tilt the match toward`s CSK in the end overs for sure.
Deepak Chahar – Chahar has been excellent with the new ball giving away runs in less than 5 RPO in all the three matches. He bowls his quota of 4 overs upfront.
Stats from the season:
MS Dhoni - 107 runs, Strike rate – 132, HS -75*
Imran Tahir – 6 wickets, Economy – 5.2 RPO, BB – 3
Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh/ Mitchell Santner
Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Ambati Rayudu, SR Watson, Deepak Chahar, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Mohit Sharma, MS Dhoni
Wankhade is one of batting friendly wickets in the India and it may help fast bowlers due to sea breeze early in the match with the new ball. Delhi scored around 218 runs last match batting first here. We can expect high score this match too. Mumbai has a sunny weather with high humidity which may cause dew.
Both teams will like to chase down the total with their formidable batting line-ups. And dew factor may help the team batting second. Both captains will look to bat second in this pitch.
Chennai team looks in great touch with their captain leading from the front with his batting and cricketing brain. And they are performing as an all-round team with bat and ball. Mumbai have a very good batting line-up but bowlers are struggling to control the run flow. So we expect CSK to win this match.
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